• Early Childhood Education & Family Studies

    Certificate

    Associate of Applied Science Degree

    This program provides a foundation in the ten core knowledge categories: Family and Community Systems; Diversity; Health, Safety and Nutrition; Human Growth and Development; Learning Environments and Curriculum; Observation and Assessment; Personal, Professional and Leadership Development; Program Management; Special Needs; and Understanding and Guiding Behavior (The Oregon Registry, 2008).

    Students must obtain a First-Aid certificate with infant-toddler CPR by the end of the first year.

    PROGRAM OUTCOMES

    Early Childhood Education & Family Studies AAS Degree

    Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

    • promote children’s development and learning by creating and maintaining environments that are healthy respectful, supportive and challenging for each child;
    • build family and community partnerships based on understanding and valuing the complex characteristics of children’s families and communities,
    • observe, document and assess young children;
    • implement developmentally effective approaches, depending on children’s ages, characteristics and the settings within which teaching and learning occurs;
    • use content knowledge to build meaningful curriculum by designing, implementing and evaluating experiences that promote positive development and learning for each and every young child;
    • identify and conduct themselves as members of the early childhood profession and be continuous collaborative learners.

    PROGRAM OUTCOMES

    Early Childhood Education & Family Studies Certificate

    Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

    • promote children’s development and learning by collaborating to create healthy, respectful and supportive environment;
    • respect, support and communicate with families,
    • observe and document young children,
    • define and understand developmentally effective approaches, depending on the children’s ages, characteristics and the setting within which teaching and learning occur;
    • use content knowledge to understand curriculum by designing and implementing experiences that promote positive development and learning for each and every young child,
    • identify and conduct themselves as members of the early childhood community.

    CAREERS

    After completing the two-year AAS in Early Childhood Education & Family Studies, students will be prepared to work in a variety of education and family support settings: in-charge teachers in private preschools/kindergartens or teaching assistants (paraeducators) in public school settings (PK-4th Grade and Head Start). Additionally, students will be prepared to work as family support personnel (e.g. family advocates, parent practitioners, family life paraprofessionals, etc.) in various education settings or child and family support agencies.

    For information contact Dawn Hendricks, 503-594-6158 or dawn.hendricks@clackamas.edu

    EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION & FAMILY STUDIES CERTIFICATE

    SUMMER TERM Credits

    MTH-050 Technical Mathematics I

    or MTH-065 Algebra II 3-4

    WR-101 Communication Skills: Occupational Writing

    or WR-121 English Composition 3-4

    FALL TERM Credits

    ECE-150 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3

    ECE-235 Nutrition, Music & Movement 3

    HDF-225 Prenatal, Infant & Toddler Development 3

    HDF-260 Understanding Child Abuse & Neglect 3

    — — PE/Health/Safety/First Aid requirement 2-3

    WINTER TERM Credits

    ECE-121 Observation & Guidance I in ECE Settings 4

    ECE-154 Language & Literacy Development 3

    ECE-240 Environments & Curriculum Planning I 3

    HDF-247 Preschool Child Development 3

    — — Early Childhood Education program electives 3

    SPRING TERM Credits

    ECE-179 The Professional in Early Childhood Education & Family Studies 2

    ECE-239 Helping Children & Families Cope With Stress 3

    ECE-280 Early Childhood Education/CWE 3

    ED-258 Multicultural Education 3

    HDF-140 Contemporary American Families 3

    Credits required for certificate 50-53

    EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION & FAMILY STUDIES ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE DEGREE: 1ST YEAR

    Complete certificate program.

    EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION & FAMILY STUDIES ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE DEGREE: 2nd YEAR

    FALL TERM Credits

    ECE-221 Observation & Guidance II in ECE Settings 4

    ECE-245 Environments & Curriculum Planning II 3

    ED-100 Introduction to Education 3

    — — Early Childhood Education program electives 4

    WINTER TERM Credits

    ECE-289 The Project Approach in Early Childhood Education 1

    ED-169 Overview of Students with Special Needs 3

    ED-254 Instructional Strategies for Dual Language Learners 3

    ED-271 Practicum II/CWE 4

    — — Early Childhood Education program electives 3

    SPRING TERM Credits

    ECE-177 Maximizing the Outdoors in ECE Curriculum 3

    ED-114 Instructional Strategies in Math & Science 3

    ED-246 School, Family & Community Relations

    or SOC-210 Marriage, Family and Intimate Relations 4

    ED-272 Practicum III/CWE 4

    Credits required for degree 92-95

    EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION & FAMILY STUDIES PROGRAM ELECTIVES

    COURSE Credits

    COMM-100* Basic Speech Communication 3

    COMM-105 Listening 4

    ECE-135 Self-Esteem in the ECE Classroom 1

    ECE-139 Program Management in ECE 1

    ECE-142 Media, Technology and the Influences on Child Development 1

    ECE-143 Kindergarten Readiness 1

    ECE-144 Working with the Gifted Young Child 1

    ECE-145 Understanding Superhero Play in the Classroom 1

    ED-150 Creative Activities for Children 3

    ED-229 Learning & Development 3

    ED-235 Educational Technology 3

    HS-154 Community Resources 3

    HST-138 History of Love, Marriage and the Family 4

    PSY-101 Human Relations 3

    PSY-205 Psychology as a Social Science 4

    PSY-215 Introduction to Developmental Psychology 4

    PSY-221 Introduction to Counseling 4

    WR-122 English Composition 4

    WS-101 Introduction to Women’s Studies 4

    *COMM-100 may be substituted by taking all of the following: COMM-100A, COMM-100B and COMM-100C

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