STEM in Early Learning - One Year Certificate of Completion (CC1)

Pending approval from the Higher Education Coordinating Commission.

DESCRIPTION

The STEM in Early Learning one-year Certificate of Completion provides early learning educators with the initial content, skills, and dispositions to support young children’s engagement in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) through developmentally appropriate and culturally responsive practices. Required coursework will address the content and pedagogical considerations for supporting young children about the foundations for STEM related focus areas. This certificate prepares current and future early learning educators for employment opportunities that include classroom teaching, family advocacy and engagement, before/after school programming, and early learning curriculum design. Courses required for the STEM in Early Learning align with requirements for the AAS in Early Childhood Education, and students may complete the STEM in Early Learning Certificate while working toward the AAS and/or other certificates in ECE. 

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

  1. Examine current research on the role of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) as interrelated to children’s development and learning in the early years (birth-age 8).
  2. Apply knowledge of child development and developmentally appropriate and culturally responsive practices to learning environments and conditions that support children’s active engagement in STEM activities.
  3. Identify the equity gaps in STEM with respect to child and family demographics (including ability, race, language, socioeconomic status).
  4. Demonstrate critical awareness of how research and evidence-based practices can address inequities.
  5. Practice developmentally appropriate practices to engage children, educators, and families in STEM activities.
  6. Identify areas of professional development to grow as an early learning educator.

entrance requirements

  • No formal entrance requirement; course prerequisites in program

ADDITIONAL PROGRAM COSTS (BEYOND STANDARD TUITION/FEES AND TEXTBOOKS)

  • There may be cost associated with travel related to field placement requirements and background check processes

Course requirements

Course Title Credits
Core Courses
ED 140Introduction to Early Childhood Education4
ED 150Environments & Curriculum in Early Childhood Education4
ED 174Math, Science, and Technology in Early Childhood Education3
ED 240Purposeful Learning and Active Exploration through Play4
ED 235Teaching and Learning in a Digital Age3
Science/Math/Computer Science:8
Choose 2 Courses from Lab Sciences (recommend BI 103 and GS 104).
Other Required Courses
ED 114Mathematics for Early Learning Educators4
ED 219Multicultural Issues in Education Settings3-4
or ED 224 Anti-Bias Curriculum in Education
WR 121ZComposition I4
Total Credits37-38

Advising notes

  • For students interested in the STEM in Early Learning Certificate, please connect with the ECE Program Director, Amy Howell 

performance standards

  • 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:
    • Must provide evidence of background check clearance, preferably from the Central Background Check from the Oregon Dept. Early Learning and Care (DELC)
    • 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

sample plan

Sample Plan Grid
First Year
First TermCredits
ED 140Introduction to Early Childhood Education4
ED 150Environments & Curriculum in Early Childhood Education4
Lab Science (recommend BI 103)4
 Credits12
Second Term
ED 240Purposeful Learning and Active Exploration through Play4
Lab Science (recommend GS 104)4
WR 121ZComposition I4
 Credits12
Third Term
ED 114Mathematics for Early Learning Educators4
ED 174Math, Science, and Technology in Early Childhood Education3
ED 219
Multicultural Issues in Education Settings
or Anti-Bias Curriculum in Education
3-4
ED 235Teaching and Learning in a Digital Age3
 Credits13-14
 Total Credits37-38

Outside of
expected

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