Early Childhood Development

Associate of Science Degree

Articulated with Southern Oregon University

Early Childhood Education

Southern Oregon University Music ProgramProgram Mission

The mission of the UCC Early Childhood Education program is to partner with our community to prepare high quality early childhood education providers to meet the cognitive, social, emotional and physical needs of a diverse population of children ages birth to five by offering opportunities for students to both learn theory and put theory and skills to practice in early childhood settings.

Program Description

The Early Childhood Education Associate of Science Degree program prepares students to work with young children from birth to kindergarten. The Associate of Science degree in Early Childhood Development has been developed with the cooperation and support of Southern Oregon University (SOU). The degree is fully articulated with SOU’s Early Childhood Development (ECD) program and allows students to transfer directly as juniors and be able to begin the ECD coursework at SOU with no loss of credits to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Students completing the ECE Associate of Science degree will achieve Step 9 on the Oregon Registry Steps for the Oregon Center for Career Development in Childhood Care and Education.

Career Considerations

Graduates of the ECE AS transfer degree program will learn specific skills and knowledge that are imperative in working with infants, toddlers, young children, and their families in a variety of early childhood education and care settings.

This degree is built specifically for students wanting to transfer to a four year university. Course work and practical work experience emphasize knowledge of the growth and development of young children, guidance skills, and curriculum planning that supports positive social/emotional, cognitive, mental, and physical development. These skills can be applied to multiple degree paths at four year universities. Our ECE AS transfer degree program focuses on seven crucial learning outcomes to help prepare students for courses and degrees in four year universities in a variety of career choices that work with young children and their families.

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Step 1

Fill out our request info form. This will alert us that you are interested in the Early Childhood Development program.

Step 2

If you are new to UCC (you've never taken a class), apply to UCC. Otherwise, you are done for now. You will be contacted about the next steps.

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Program Requirements

Students are required to take the college placement test(s) at UCC to determine skill level and readiness indicated by test scores. To help ensure student success, students must begin with the courses within their skill levels as determined by placement test scores (e.g. math, world languages if desired, etc.) In addition, students may also be required to enroll in classes that would increase their academic success.

In addition, students will be required to enroll in the Oregon Childcare Registry to complete the criminal background check, obtain a Food Handler’s Certificate, First Aid and CPR card, and show proof of immunizations including MMR, in order to participate in the ECE Practicum and Seminar courses.

Students will be required to document the meeting of ECE program outcomes through the development of an electronic portfolio. Portfolio submissions will begin during ED 101 and continue on to completion of certificates and degrees.

Students must complete a minimum of 104 term credits of lower division collegiate courses with a minimum grade of C or better.

Language Requirement

Students who have graduated from high school or completed a high school equivalency program in 1997 or thereafter must have the following requirement for admission to a four-year Oregon state college or university:

  1. Two years of the same high school-level second language, or
  2. Two terms of college level second language with a grade of C or better (may be first year second language which can be used as elective credits)

Students planning to complete a bachelor's degree of a four-year school will be required to complete the equivalent of one year of study of a world language at the second-year level (or above) before graduation.

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Sally Guyon - Contact
Early Childhood Education Program Coordinator
Phone: 503-764-8747

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