Associate in Applied Science - Early Childhood Education
Associate in Applied Science-Transfer - Early Childhood Education
Certificate - State Early Childhood Education
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Certificate - State Initial Early Childhood Education
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Certificate - State Short Early Childhood Education - Administration
Certificate - State Short Early Childhood Education - Family Child Care
Certificate - State Short Early Childhood Education - General
Certificate - State Short Early Childhood Education - Home Visitor/Family Engagement
Certificate - State Short Early Childhood Education - Infant Toddler Care
Certificate - State Short Early Childhood Education - School-Age Care
If you enjoy working with young children and want to nurture their growth and development, a certificate or degree in early childhood education could be a good fit for you.
In this program, you will study the social/emotional, physical/motor, language/literacy, cognitive, and creative development of children from birth through age 8. Courses are also available for teachers of school-age children, ages 5 through 14. The fully online program includes opportunities to work with children through specialized pathways in infant/toddler, family child care, school-age care, administration, and home visitor/family engagement and provides practicums and other on-the job learning opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities to be successful in the diverse early care and education field.
Whether you want to become a teacher of young children, own/operate a childcare center or family childcare home, work with school-age children, or as a family support specialist, this program will help provide the professional preparation you need to pursue a career in the education and care of young children and supports further study and transfer opportunities to four-year programs.
Want more information about the program, the Early Achievers Scholarship, or how to apply?
Students will apply specific knowledge and skills in the eight content areas of the Washington State Core Competencies for Early Care and Education Professionals.
You and your advisor will use this program map as a starting point in creating your own personal education plan, customized to your needs. We meet you where you are and help you reach your goals.
Choose program map:
Early Childhood Ed AAS map
Total Credits: 86 - 92
You and your advisor will use the Program Map located on this page to create a personal education plan customized to your interests and goals, your start quarter, full- or part-time status, any prior credits you have, and the classes available each quarter.
For an up-to-date list of all classes that satisfy the requirements for your degree or certificate, click here, then select the specific degree or certificate you are pursuing.
Leah Ruiz is excited to be part the Pathways Specialist who works with students in the Education, Social, and Behavioral Health Pathway. She works toward inspiring and encouraging college students throughout their academic career. Being a first-generation student herself, it is her goal to help students realize that their life story has given them strengths they may not know they already possess, have the potential to overcome obstacles and successfully reach their goals and dreams. During her years as a graduate student in Criminal Justice and Criminology from Washington State University, she completed several publications and worked with WSU Coalition for Women Students, which works to create awareness of injustices for people of all genders and foster a safe and inclusive environment for all students. In her spare time, she likes to read books on personal growth and the juvenile justice system. She also enjoys hiking, playing volleyball, and tennis.
It is highly recommended students successfully complete the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) background check BEFORE enrolling in the program’s practicum courses. The DCYF background clearance process may take considerable time to fully complete and there are some criminal charges that can disqualify individuals from being allowed to work with children. Students cannot earn a degree in the ECED program unless they are able to complete ECED courses with practicum hours which require direct contact with children.
Washington State law directs DCYF to conduct background checks on anyone authorized to care for or have unsupervised access to children in licensed child care. For more information on background clearance please visit DCYF’s background check requirements page.
Depending on your goals, these certificates and degrees could prepare you for a career as an early childhood professional. The SFCC Early childhood education program offers several options:
Washington State ECED Stackable Certificates (12-47 credits)
Early childhood education certificates and degrees cover an interdisciplinary array of topics to prepare graduates to work with children, usually from the ages of birth through around age 8. Courses include opportunities to work with children through specially design practicum and course application components. You may complete your work with children in a variety of early learning settings including:
This broad exposure to a variety of settings with children, under direct supervision of a master teacher, is one of the program's strengths.
A Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) background clearance and proof of negative TB test will be required prior to a practicum placement with children. See Background Check Requirements information below.
When are classes available?
The ECED program at SFCC is a fully online certificate and degree program.
What if I have taken classes for credit at other institutions or I already have my CDA?
Can I transfer my ECED credits/degree from SFCC to four-year institutions?
Students interested in transferring are encouraged to contact their school of choice for more information about transfer options. Students may also consult an ECED faculty and/or staff member for additional information and to determine the best pathway for transferring.
Will I get to work with children while taking classes?
Some ECED courses include an application and/or practicum component. See Practicum Information and Background Check Requirements above in the Detailed Information section.
How do I get started?
Before you start the application process, look through Become a Student to learn the different options for becoming a student at Spokane Falls Community College (SFCC).
Contact 509-533-3148 with any other questions.
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