Early Childhood Education
MULTIPLE DEGREES/CERTIFICATES TO FIT YOUR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT NEEDS
The mission of the Early Childhood Education (ECE) Program is to partner with our community to prepare high-quality early childhood care and education professionals to meet the cognitive, social, emotional, and physical needs of a diverse population of children ages birth to eight. We offer opportunities for students to learn child development theory and put theory and skills to practice in early childhood care and education settings.
The Early Childhood Education program prepares students to work with infants, toddlers, and preschool children in both public and private school settings. This program is designed for persons of all ages and backgrounds, with special attention given to individual student needs and abilities.
The Early Childhood Education Program offers two certificates and two degrees. Each of the certificates builds on the other and courses completed can be applied to either the Associate of Applied Sciences Early Childhood degree or the Associate of Science Early Childhood degree. Our program is designed to support both beginning early childhood and care professionals as well as those that are already working in the field. We offer both evening and online courses, so our students are able to work and schedule their practicum experiences during the day. Additionally, students may be eligible for Credit to Prior Learning for work experience, Oregon Registry status, and/or previous course completion.
In the ECE program, students will use their knowledge of child development to create healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging learning environments for young children. As well as create respectful, reciprocal relationships that support and empower families and involve all families in their children’s development and learning.
Our Early Childhood Education students learn how to use effective, responsible assessment through the use of observation, documentation, and other appropriate tools to promote positive outcomes for each child in partnership with families and professional colleagues. They will know, understand, and use a wide array of culturally and linguistically appropriate approaches, instructional strategies, and tools to connect with children and families and positively influence each child’s development and learning.
Additionally, students in the Early Childhood Education program learn to use their knowledge and other resources to design, implement, and evaluate meaningful, challenging curriculum that promotes comprehensive developmental and learning outcomes for every young child and demonstrates an understanding of ethical guidelines and professional practices associated with early childhood careers.
ECE DEGREES AND CERTIFICATES
Child Development Career Pathway Certificate
The Child Development Career Pathway Certificate program is designed for students just entering the early care and education field, and those already employed in childcare, but who need an immediate certificate to continue working in an Oregon licensed facility. Students completing the CDC Pathway certificate will achieve Step 7.5 on the Oregon Registry Steps for the Oregon Center for Career Development in Childhood Care and Education and have a strong foundational knowledge of child development for children age 0-8. The CDC pathway certificate aligns with the requirements for an Infant/Toddler CDA. Graduates may continue to seek the One-Year Certificate, AS, or AAS degree seamlessly, since all of the certificate classes are wholly contained within the degree program. (26 credits)
Early Childhood Education: One-Year Certificate
The Early Childhood Education One-Year Certificate program prepares students to work as a teacher or aid with children age 0-8. 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. Graduates may continue to seek the AS, or AAS degree seamlessly since all of the certificate classes are wholly contained within the degree program. (49 credits)
Early Childhood Education: Associate of Applied Science Degree
The Early Childhood Education Associate of Applied Science Degree program prepares students to work with infants, toddlers, and preschool-aged children in both public and private school settings. Students completing the ECE Associate of Applied Science degree will achieve Step 9 on the Oregon Registry Steps for Oregon. (90 credits)
Early Childhood Development: Associate of Science Degree
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. (104 credits)
There has never been a better time to start and/or enhance your early childhood care and education career! Investments on both a state and federal level are creating opportunities for grants and scholarships for ECE students.
Graduates of our ECE program work in a variety of early childhood care and education settings including infant/toddler centers, relief nurseries, both public and private preschools, private kindergartens, and private childcare programs.
The ECE course work and practical work experience emphasize knowledge of the growth and development of young children through guidance skills, and the planning and directing of activities that foster positive intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development. Many of the courses are also excellent for parents or others who work with young children.
Before starting practicum courses (ECE 101-104), students are required to complete and pay for a background history check through the Oregon Childcare Registry, show verification of their MMR vaccination, complete their CPR and First Aid certification, and successfully complete either ECE 140 (Introduction to Early Childhood Education) or HDFS 225 (Child Development).
If you are in high school, you can get a head start by becoming a dual credit student. Dual credit students attend UCC and high school at the same time! You can complete high school requirements, work on college prerequisites and earn credits towards a degree or certificate all at the same time.
Talk with your high school counselor to help you choose classes that provide high school and college credit!
Not in high school? No problem! The advising information below helps all students by providing an ideal term-by-term schedule of classes.
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ECE DEGREES AND CERTIFICATES AT UCC
- Child Development Career Pathway Certificate
- Early Childhood Education: One-Year Certificate
- Early Childhood Education: Associate of Applied Science Degree
- Early Childhood Development: Associate of Science Degree
High School Students
Get a head start by becoming a dual credit student. Dual credit students attend UCC and high school at the same time! You can complete high school requirements, work on college prerequisites and earn credits towards a degree or certificate all at the same time.
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- UCC Scholars (Tuition waiver for high school seniors with high GPAs.)
At UCC, you can earn a variety of certificates and degrees that can enhance your current career or place you in the workforce sooner. Plus, UCC offers:
• Expert faculty dedicated to teaching
• Personal attention and small class sizes
• Online classes
Prospective students should contact an Enrollment Advisor to get started and then see a program advisor (below) to develop a more focused educational plan.
Sally Guyon - Contact
Early Childhood Education Program Coordinator