The Equity in Education One-Year Certificate of Completion provides skills and dispositions necessary to recognize and develop inclusive and culturally conscious practices. The program aligns with recommendations and guidelines from professional organizations dedicated to developmentally appropriate and culturally conscious practices in educational settings, such as Rise Up-Oregon's Early Learning System Plan, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the Oregon Department of Education-Early Learning Division, and Teaching Tolerance.
The certificate is designed for students who are:
- wishing to work as early childhood educators in settings within diverse communities, such as Head Start,
- working toward the Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education and seeking a focus in equity in education,
- early learning advocates and professionals with degrees and certificates seeking additional expertise,
- early childhood and elementary pre-service teachers intending to transfer to higher-education programs with a focus on equity and inclusive practices in educational institutions.
Additionally, this one-year certificate may be used as continuing education for licensed teachers.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:
- Examine and challenge systems of oppression that can exist within educational institutions.
- Explain the implications of bias on children’s learning and development.
- Assess curriculum and programming for bias and evidence of inclusive practices and access.
- Explain the purpose and process of observing and documenting learning environments and programming components for developmentally appropriate and culturally responsive pedagogy.
- Prepare for increasingly diverse classrooms by evaluating self and society for equitable practices that support children and families participating in education systems.
- Apply effective communication skills and knowledge of professional standards, associations, licensures, and related laws governing early childhood education.
Academic Entrance Requirements
While this program has no formal entrance requirements, individual courses may have prerequisites which must be met before enrollment.
Other Entrance Requirements
- Students enrolled in ECE classes must have a current background check through the Oregon Department of Education-Early Learning/Office of Child Care Criminal Background Check Registry as well as an immunization verification form. In order to maintain good standing in the program and related courses, students must have a current background check and satisfactory evaluations from field placement supervisors.
|Course ||Title ||Credits |
|ED 140||Introduction to Early Childhood Education||4|
|ED 152||Family, School and Community Relationships in ECE||3|
|ED 219||Multicultural Issues in Education Settings||3-4|
|or ED 224|| Anti-Bias Curriculum in Education|
|ED 269||Exceptional Children in Early Childhood Education||3|
|Supporting Social, Emotional, and Mental Health in Early Childhood|
|Trauma Sensitive Classrooms|
|Learning Across the Lifespan|
|English Language Development in the Primary Classroom|
|WR 121||Academic Composition||4|
|Mathematics for Early Learning Educators|
|Math in Society|
|Contemporary Chinese Cultures|
|Chinese Culture Through Film|
|Second Year Mandarin Chinese I|
|Second Year Mandarin Chinese II|
|Second Year Mandarin Chinese III|
|Children's Lit & Curriculum|
|Second Year French I|
|Second Year French II|
|Second Year French III|
|Immigrant Experience American Literature|
|Native American Literature and Culture|
|Cultural Diversity in Contemporary American Literature|
|Second Year Kiksht Native Langauge I|
|Second Year Kiksht Native Language II|
|Second Year Kiksht Native Language III|
|Race, Class, and Gender|
|Sociology of Family and Intimate Relationships|
|Second Year Spanish I|
|Second Year Spanish II|
|Second Year Spanish III|
|Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies|
Students pursuing the ECE certificate should work closely with their academic advisor to align courses with additional certificate and degree goals, including the AAS, AAOT, and transfer goals. 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, such as college success courses, ED 243 Nutrition, Health and Safety for Young Children and LIB 100 Intro to Finding Information, which may be of benefit.
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.