Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood program is designed to provide experiences in educational theory in the areas of social, emotional, cognitive, physical/motor and creative development for children from birth through age eight. Courses also are available for caregivers of school-age children, ages 5 through 14. Now that ongoing research reveals the significance of early development, professional preparation has become essential for anyone pursuing a career in the education and care of young children.

Working with young children is a challenging, rewarding and physically demanding experience. Academic expectations for these courses require college-level study and communication skills. To succeed in this profession, it helps to have a good self-image, outgoing personality, a sense of humor, and a commitment to nurturing children’s growth and development.

Washington AEYC is the professional organization for those working with children ages birth through eight years old in Washington. There are 21 local affiliate groups and over 2,000 members throughout the state.

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is the nation's largest and most influential organization of early childhood educators and others dedicated to improving the quality of programs for children from birth through third grade.

For more information, contact (509) 533-3148.

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The SFCC Early childhood education program offers several options:

Students in these courses are exposed to rigorous curriculum that includes work with children, as well as classroom discussion and theory. Students can complete their field hours with children in the SFCC Early Learning Center, a Head Start and Early Head Start or in a variety of childcare programs setting in private child care centers ECEAP before/after school care, as well as students own place of employment.

Public elementary schools expose them to different program structures and teaching styles. This broad exposure to a variety of settings with children, under direct supervision of a master teacher, is one of the program's strengths.

The Early Childhood Education department offers eight Certificates of Specialization. These short-term certificates address many of the specializations currently offered by employers in the field.

  • Infant Toddler Specialist
  • Curriculum Development Specialist
  • Early Childhood Specialist I
  • Early Childhood Specialist II. (Must have completed ECS I)
  • Family Services Advocate
  • Family Child Care Specialist
  • Child Care Administration Specialist
  • Shool-age Care Specialist

For more information about these certificates, view the current career guide and click on the "Certificate" link; or call LeighAnna Drake in the Early Childhood Education department: (509) 533-3404.

Early childhood professionals must acquire the necessary knowledge and skill to maximize children’s early potential in all areas of development. This has increased an already solid demand for graduates from the Early Childhood Education program at Spokane Falls Community College. Recent research in how the brain grows and develops shows that early experiences make permanent impressions on the structure and functioning of the young child’s fast growing brain.

Positions include: teacher, paraeducator in public schools, teacher’s aide/assistant, parent-school liaison, program supervisor, early education coordinator, family child care provider, center director/manager and assistant director/manager.

Pay scales for entry-level positions range from minimum wage to $12.00 an hour depending on the employer. With experience and continued education, graduates of the early childhood education program may pursue management level positions, such as center director, resulting in higher salary ranges.

All course offerings are subject to change. The college cannot guarantee class offerings, designated times or specific instructors - as funding levels and student interest may affect whether or not an offering is available.

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Class Credits

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I transfer my ECE credits/degree from SFCC to four year institutions?

Spokane Falls Community College has an articulation agreement in place with Washington State University for the WSU Online degree program. This agreement allows students with the A.A.S. degree to transfer into the B.A. in Human Development program through WSU. We also have an articulation agreement in place with Eastern Washington University. This agreement allows students with the AAS-T degree to transfer into the BA in Children’s Studies program through EWU.

Contact an ECE Instructor for additional information and to determine the best pathway for transferring.

I work full time. When are classes available?

The ECE program at SFCC offers classes offers classes Monday through Thursday mornings, evenings and online. Contact (509) 533-3148 to request a schedule of upcoming courses.

How do I get registered?

Contact the Testing Center about how to get started at SFCC at (509) 533-3500 or Apply Online now.

Contact (509) 533-3148 with any other questions.

Scholarships for Child Care Professionals

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