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.
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.
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-T EWU map
Early Childhood Ed AAS-T WSU map
Early Childhood Ed AAS map
State Early Childhood Education certificate map
State Initial Early Childhood Education certificate map
State Short Early Childhood Education Administration certificate map
State Short Early Childhood Education Family Child Care certificate map
State Short Early Childhood Education General certificate map
State Short Early Childhood Education Home Visitor/Family Engagement certificate map
State Short Early Childhood Education Infant Toddler Care certificate map
State Short Early Childhood Education School Age Care certificate map
Total Credits: 95
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 of the team of curriculum advisors who work 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.
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