Early Childhood Education
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.
The Early Childhood Education One-Year Certificate program prepares students to work as a teacher or aid with children age 0-6. Upon completion of the Early Childhood Education One-Year Certificate, students will achieve Step 8 on the Oregon Registry Steps for the Oregon Center for Career Development in Childhood Care and Education.
Students in the One-Year ECE Certificate program receive education and experience to support their work in a variety of early childhood education and care settings. These settings include both public and private infant toddler centers,
preschools, private kindergartens, and in-home care settings. Course work in this certificate and be applied to either the AAS or AS degrees. Our One-Year ECE certificate program focuses on seven crucial learning outcomes to help prepare students for working with young children and their families.
Ready to get started?
It's easy and only requires TWO steps.
Fill out our request info form. This will alert us that you are interested in the Early Childhood Development program.
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.
Academic Entrance Requirement
- Enrollment in Oregon Central Background Registry
- Verification of MMR vaccinations
- Food Handler’s Certificate
- Students will need to complete either ECE 140 or HDFS 225 before beginning practicum courses
Other Certificates & Degrees at UCC
- Early Childhood Education: Associate of Applied Science Degree
- Early Childhood Education: Career Pathway Certificate
- Early Childhood Development: Associate of Science Degree
Sally Guyon - Contact
Early Childhood Education Program Coordinator