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Early Childhood Education

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.


Early Achievers Scholarship

Information and how to apply.

SFCC Point of Contact: SFCC.EarlyAchievers@sfcc.spokane.edu

Students will apply specific knowledge and skills in the eight content areas of the Washington State Core Competencies for Early Care and Education Professionals.

  1. Child Growth and Development
  2. Curriculum and Learning Environment
  3. Ongoing Measurement of Child Progress
  4. Families and Community Partnerships
  5. Health, Safety, and Nutrition
  6. Interactions
  7. Program Planning and Development
  8. Professional Development and Leadership

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.

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Total Credits: 86 - 92

First Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
ECED 103
College Success
3
ECED& 105
Introduction to Early Childhood Education
5
ECED& 107
Health, Safety, Nutrition
5
ECED& 120
Practicum-Nurturing Relationships
2
Total Credits
 
15
 

Second Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
ECED 133
Practicum: Infant/Toddler Care
2
ECED& 132
Infant/Toddler Care
3
EDUC& 115
Child Development
5
EDUC& 130
Guiding Behavior
3
ENGL& 101
English Composition I
5
Total Credits
 
18
 

Third Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
ECED 191
Practicum: Observation and Assessment
2
ECED& 170
Learning Environments
3
ECED& 190
Observation and Assessment
3
Choose 5 credit from:
BUS 113
Discounts, Markups and Markdowns
1
BUS 114
Solving for the Unknown and Business Math Review
1
BUS 122
Practical Business Math
3
BUS 123
Practical Business Math Applications
5
MATH 87
Algebra for Math Literacy I
5
Total Credits
 
13
 

Fourth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
ECED& 160
Curriculum Development
5
ECED& 180
Language and Literacy
3
EDUC& 150
Child, Family, Community
3
Choose 1 course from:
ART& 100
Art Appreciation
5
ASL& 121
American Sign Language I
5
ECED& 134
Family Childcare Management
3
ENGL& 102
Composition II
5
LMLIB 135
Children's Literature and Library Services
5
Total Credits
 
14-16
 

Fifth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
ECED 282
Practicum I
5
EDUC& 204
Exceptional Child
5
Choose 1 course from:
ASL& 122
American Sign Language II
5
ECED& 138
Home VIsitor / Family Engagement
3
EDUC& 136
School-Age Care
3
MUSC& 105
Music Appreciation
5
PSYC& 100
General Psychology
5
Total Credits
 
13-15
 

Sixth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
ECED 283
Practicum II
5
Choose 1 course from:
ECED& 139
Administration of ECE
3
EDUC 270
Introduction to Developmental Disabilities
5
ENVS& 101
Intro to Environmental Science
5
ICS 180
Child Abuse and Neglect
5
PSYC& 200
Lifespan Psychology
5
Choose 1 course from:
CMST 227
Intercultural Communication
5
CMST& 210
Interpersonal Communication
5
Total Credits
 
13-15
 

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.

  • Tuition

  • Resident

    $
    10,536
  • Non-Resident

    $
    15,024
  • International

    $
    27,012
  • Max. Books

    $
    702
  • Max. Course Fees

    $
    N/A
  • Institutional Fees

    $
    N/A

These dollar amounts reflect the total cost of completing the program. More details
All dollar figures appearing below reflect the total cost of completing the program described by the Typical Student Schedule located on this web page, which are for the current graduation requirements of this program. Exact totals may vary depending on the catalog requirements you are following, if you have transferred in courses, or if you have been granted substitutions.

Tuition, program fees, and course fees are for the current academic year, as approved by the Community Colleges of Spokane Board of Trustees. Tuition and fees are subject to change by the Washington State Legislature and/or the Community Colleges of Spokane Board of Trustees.

Resident tuition is what Washington residents pay. Non-Resident tuition is what out-of-state students pay. International tuition is what out-of-country students pay. For clarification on residency, see Determining your Residency Status.

Avg. Books & Supplies: $942 for an academic year.
The cost for books and course-related material is an estimate based on the Washington Financial Aid Association’s annual student budget. The actual cost of textbooks and course-related supplies can vary widely depending on your program of study and the options you have for obtaining textbooks and other course material.

Program Fees are one-time costs required for the program that are not included in course fees or in tuition. These fees include things like tools, equipment, and uniforms. Only a few programs have program fees.

Max. Course Fees cover the cost of special equipment and materials needed to complete coursework. These fees are not included in tuition. Not all courses have fees and the actual costs that a student pays will vary depending on the courses taken.

Institutional Fees cover a variety of services for students, such as class registration, technology support, health clinic services, bus passes, and more. Most of these fees are instituted after a vote by the student body.

  • Leah Ruiz
    Leah Ruiz
    Esbs Pathway Specialist
    Leah.Ruiz@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3943

Background Check Requirements

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.

Professional Organizations

Degrees/Certificates

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:

Degrees

Washington State ECED Stackable Certificates (12-47 credits)

Practicum Information

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.

Background Check Requirements

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.

How to Pay for College

Professional Organizations

When are classes available?
The ECED program at SFCC is a fully online certificate and degree program.

  • Note: Some courses require application and/or practicum hours. These hours are in addition to time devoted to your course work each quarter and equal approximately 2-13 additional hours per week depending on course requirements.

What if I have taken classes for credit at other institutions or I already have my CDA?

  • Transfer credits to SFCC
  • Prior learning experience
  • Current CDA or STARS? Contact program faculty or staff for assistance.
  • Note: SFCC ECED program policy requires students transferring credits from other schools to successfully complete 50% of the required certificate/degree credits at SFCC, including ECED/EDUC credits.

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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509-533-3943
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