This certificate provides students with basic skills in the early care and education of preschool children age two-and-a-half to six years. It is designed for students just entering the early care and education field, those who wish to focus their education and work experience with preschoolers, and for those already employed in child care, but who need an immediate certificate to continue working in an Oregon licensed facility.
You may continue on to the Associate of Applied Science or the Associate of Science degrees, seamlessly, since all of the certificate classes are wholly contained within the degree programs.
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You will earn a Preschool Career Pathway Certificate by successfully completing the required 23 credit hours with a grade of C or better in all courses. Students will be required to register in the Oregon Registry before beginning coursework and pay for a background history check. Proof of MMR vaccinations is also required for ED 101. CPR and First Aid, and a Food Handler’s Certificate are required before ED 103.
Other Certificates & Degrees at UCC
- Early Childhood Education: Associate of Applied Science Degree
- Early Childhood Education: One-Year Certificate
- Early Childhood Education: Infant / Toddler, Pathway Certificate
- Early Childhood Education: Preschool, Pathway Certificate
- Early Childhood Development: Associate of Science Degree
High School Students
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- Pell Grants part of FAFSA (for undergraduate students who display exceptional financial need.)
- Federal Work Study part of FAFSA (Work on Campus. Get experience in the workforce.)
- Scholarships, OSAC, FAFSA, and more (Sources of money for college.)
- 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