The Early Childhood Education Associate of Applied Science prepares students with a strong emphasis in the theories, curriculum goals, and developmentally appropriate teaching and guidance strategies necessary to lead an early childhood classroom program or to work as a paraprofessional in public schools.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:
- Support child development and learning by understanding primary theories used in early childhood development and education.
- Demonstrate knowledge of children’s patterns of learning specific to developmental domains.
- Build family and community relationships with particular attention to integrating knowledge of cultural diversity in educational learning environments and settings.
- Observe, document, and assess learning and growth to support young children and families through program and curriculum planning.
- Apply developmentally appropriate approaches to build meaningful curriculum and positive guidance strategies.
- Apply knowledge of health and safety issues affecting child development within learning environments.
- Prepare for professional expectations for the early childhood field by developing effective communication skills and demonstrating knowledge of professional standards, associations, licensures, and related laws governing early childhood education.
Academic Entrance Requirements
Recommended: Complete ED 140 Introduction to Early Childhood Education before taking other Early Childhood Education (ECE) courses.
Other Entrance Requirements
The ECE program requires a background check through the Oregon Employment Office-Child Care Division.
Some field placement sites may require documentation of current immunizations.
Additional Program Costs (Beyond Standard Tuition/Fees and Textbooks)
- Background check ($0 to $70)
- Cost of mileage to and from field placement/practicum sites
|Course ||Title ||Credits |
|ED 140||Introduction to Early Childhood Education||4|
|ED 150||Environments & Curriculum in Early Childhood Education||4|
|ED 151||Observation & Guidance in Early Childhood Education Learning||4|
|ED 152||Family, School and Community Relationships in ECE||3|
|ED 172||Language and Literacy in Early Childhood Education||3|
|ED 173||Movement, Music and the Arts in Early Childhood Education||3|
|ED 174||Math, Science, and Technology in Early Childhood Education||3|
|ED 219||Multicultural Issues in Education Settings||3-4|
|or ED 224|| Anti-Bias Curriculum in Education|
|ED 250||Advanced Curriculum Development & Teaching Methods in Early Childhood Education||4|
& ED 262
|Early Childhood Education Practicum I|
and Early Childhood Education Practicum II
|ED 265||Children at Risk||3|
|ED 269||Exceptional Children in Early Childhood Education||3|
|Youth Mentoring and Advocacy|
|Supporting Social, Emotional, and Mental Health in Early Childhood|
|Foundations of Education|
|Teaching and Learning in a Digital Age|
|Purposeful Learning and Active Exploration through Play|
|Trauma Sensitive Classrooms|
|Learning Across the Lifespan|
|English Language Development in the Primary Classroom|
|Geography for Teachers|
|ED 112||Children's Lit & Curriculum||3-4|
|or ENG 221|| Introduction to Children's Literature|
|ED 243||Nutrition, Health and Safety for Young Children 1||3-4|
|or FN 225|| Human Nutrition|
|or HHP 266|| Nutrition for Health|
|PSY 201||Mind and Brain||4|
|Mathematics for Early Learning Educators|
|Math in Society|
|PSY 215||Developmental Psychology||4|
|SOC 201||Introduction to Sociology||4|
|WR 121||Academic Composition||4|
|WR 122||Argument, Research, and Multimodal Composition||4|
|or WR 227|| Technical Writing|
This degree is designed for students planning to enter their chosen career upon graduation. Often, only selected credits are considered transferable to public or private baccalaureate institutions.
The College's Early Childhood Education program works closely with four-year programs to prepare students for transfer opportunities in early learning, elementary education, and human service-related programs. In addition to working closely with programs, including OSU-Cascades and George Fox, the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree is fully articulated with Southern Oregon University’s Early Childhood Development program and allows students to transfer directly as juniors and to become admitted into the Early Childhood Development program at Southern Oregon University (SOU) with no loss of credits to pursue a bachelor’s degree. The program offers an excellent balance of early childhood and general education courses that support advanced study in the field of early childhood development.
Students should contact the SOU School of Education early in the beginning of their AAS in Early Childhood Education program to be advised about additional requirements and procedures for admission to the school or program. Students should be aware that if they transfer before completing this degree, their courses will be evaluated individually toward the general education requirements in effect at SOU. For more information, see the articulation agreement on the SOU website.
Students wishing to use the AAS in ECE as a foundation for future licensure in K-12 classrooms should work closely with academic advisors in the education program to ensure appropriate transfer preparation. Students who are considering the Elementary Education Licensure program through OSU-Cascades may be able to apply several course. Please connect with your advisor to explore options as well as additional classes which may be of benefit, such as College Success courses and LIB 100 Intro to Finding Information.
For current and potential students who have obtained a Child Development Associate or Step 7 or higher on the Oregon Registry and who wish to apply this toward their AAS or certificates in Early Childhood Education, please speak with the program director, Amy Howell, to discuss options and next steps.
- Academic Requirements:
- Students must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA to earn a COCC certificate or degree.
- All courses in the program must be completed with a grade of C or higher.
- Additional Requirements:
- Adhere to the field placement contract; and
- Adhere to confidentiality, health-related and no-smoking policies as
they pertain to field placement settings.
- Refer to the student handbook on the Early Childhood Education website for an explanation of each of the above policies.