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Early Childhood Education

Associate of Applied Science Degree

About the Program

The Early Childhood Education (ECE) program prepares students to work with young children from birth through 8 years of age and their families in a variety of settings including child care centers, family child care, preschools, Head Start, school age programs, home visiting, and parent education. It is planned to accommodate both full- and part-time students including those currently employed in the field.

The ECE program has as its basis preparation for the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential. Students may choose to complete the CDA assessment process and be eligible for entry-level jobs at that point. The CDA preparation courses serve as the foundation of the core coursework for the Early Childhood Education certificate, a one-year certificate which prepares students to work as teacher assistants or teachers in child care programs, Head Start, or other early childhood settings.

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Early Childhood Education is based on the Guidelines for Preparation of Early Childhood Professionals from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). It is a comprehensive program that incorporates the core coursework for the ECE certificate and qualifies a student to become a head teacher in a child care facility licensed by the Oregon Child Care Division, a teacher in Head Start, or a home visitor, among other professional roles. Students will have a choice of specialty areas: infant/toddler, preschool, or family child care, and will complete 240 supervised practicum hours as part of the curriculum. Some courses in the program may not transfer to other institutions. Students intending to transfer should seek advisor assistance to determine transferability.

For the corresponding relationship of the Early Childhood Education coursework to the Oregon Registry: Pathways to Professional Recognition in Childhood Care and Education, visit www.pdx.edu/occd/steps-credentials-oro/#Community%20Colleges and click on Rogue Community College.

Program Learning Outcomes

The curriculum in RCC courses is derived from a set of identified learning outcomes that are relevant to the discipline. Program learning outcomes for early childhood education programs are:

Implement strategies that promote child development and learning across developmental domains within context of the child’s relational and cultural environments.

Apply strategies to build and sustain family and community partnerships based on understanding and valuing the complex characteristics of children’s families and communities.

Utilize child observation, documentation, and assessment in appropriate ways to promote positive outcomes for children.

Implement developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate teaching practices depending on children’s ages and characteristics and on the settings in which teaching and learning occur.

Use academic content knowledge to build meaningful and stimulating curriculum by designing, implementing and evaluating experiences that promote positive development and learning for each child.

Identify and conduct one’s self as a member of the early childhood and/or elementary education field and as a continuous collaborative learner.

Entry Requirements

Students are required to complete the Placement Process to determine skill level and readiness in math, reading, and writing. As part of their training program, students must begin with the courses within their skill level as determined through the Placement Process. In addition, students may also be required to enroll in classes that would increase their employability and success.

Students are also required to provide information regarding their measles immunization status by completing the form found on the RCC Early Childhood and Elementary Education Department website and clicking on ECEE Department Requirements. Completed forms must be submitted to a department secretary.

Students must also obtain an RCC student identification card. RCC photos will be taken on a scheduled basis through Student Affairs. Contact Student Affairs for more information, https://web.roguecc.edu/student-services/services-support-students. Students should take their schedules to obtain an identification card. Take the identification card each time an observation is scheduled in an early childhood setting.

Many courses in this department require participation in community schools, programs, and agencies for observation and practicum experiences. Some of these sites may require a background check in order for a student to participate. Future employment serving children and families will require a background check. Students may wish to consider going through a background check process to be ready for potential observation, practicum, and employment experiences – check with an ECEE advisor for additional information.

For some classes, early childhood education students are required to use the Redwood Early Childhood Center, which is a Head Start site. Therefore, all students in the Early Childhood Education program must obtain prior clearance from Head Start. The process for doing this is on the Southern Oregon Head Start website, www.socfc.org. Click on “Volunteer” and then on “Download Volunteer Packet.” Required paperwork must be completed before observing or participating at a Head Start site.

Advanced Standing

Coursework from accredited colleges and universities will be accepted in accordance with college registration policies and the Early Childhood Education Department chair’s approval. In order to ensure that coursework is current, program courses over 10 years old must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate department chair before being accepted toward core requirements. Each College Now credit student must meet with the department chair to determine placement.

Credits earned in the successful completion of Career Pathways Certificates can be applied to other certificates and degrees in the Career Pathway. For more information, speak to a program advisor.

Graduation Requirements

Students completing the required credits in this program with a grade of “C” or better will receive their degrees. Certain required courses are graded on a pass/no pass basis only. A grade of “P” for these courses indicates a student earned the equivalent of a “C” or better grade. Three hundred (300) hours of supervised practicum are required unless a waiver is granted for approved activities.


TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS:

96-100

Program Map

This guide lays out an optimal path to graduate. Where zero credits are listed in the prerequisites, students may place into a higher level(s) based on designated placement score(s). Note, some prerequisites may be required for graduation. Please consult an advisor with any program completion questions.

Program Prerequisites
Course No. Course Title Credits Alternate Course Comments

MTH20

Pre-algebra

0-4

 

 

WR115

Introduction to Expository Writing

0-4

BT113

or higher level composition course  

CIS120

Concepts in Computing I 1

0-2

 

Prerequisites credits vary based on Placement Score(s):

0-10

 

 

Fall

ECE125

Early Childhood Development 2

3

 

 

ECE126

Early Childhood Education Best Practices 2

3

 

 

ECE136

Early Childhood Education: A Professional Overview 2

3

 

 

ECE152

Fostering Creativity

3

 

 

ECE154

Children's Literature and Literacy

3

 

fall term only

LIB101

Introduction to Information Literacy

1

LIB127

 

 

Total Credits:

16

 

 

Winter

ECE135

Applied Child Development 2

3

 

 

ECE151

Guiding Children in Group Settings

3

 

 

ECE163

Preschool/Primary Development

3

 

 

ED170

Introductory Practicum

1

 

 

PSY101

Psychology of Human Relations 2

3

 

 

HE250

Personal Health

3

HPE295

 

 

Total Credits:

16

 

 

Spring

ECE161

Infant/Toddler Development

3

 

 

ECE175

Developmentally Appropriate Practices

3

 

 

ECE246

Child, Family and Community

3

 

 

ECE266

Spanish for Early Childhood/Elementary Professionals

3

 

 

ED170

Introductory Practicum

1

 

 

COMM218

Interpersonal Communication

4

COMM111

 

 

Total Credits:

17

 

 

Fall

ECE240

Play-Based Learning

3

 

 

ECE243

Promoting Child Health and Physical Development

3

 

fall term only

ECE245

Promoting Social/Emotional Development of Young Children

3

 

 

ECE275

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Education

3

 

 

MTH63

Applied Algebra I

4

BT160

or MTH60

 

Total Credits:

16

 

 

Winter

ECE251

Preschool Environments

3

ECE250
ECE252 

winter term only

ECE261

Practicum I and Seminar

3

 

permission required

ECE265

Children at Risk

3

 

 

ECE285

The Early Childhood Professional

3

 

winter term only

WR121

English Composition I

4

BT114

 

 

Total Credits:

16

 

 

Spring

ECE241

Promoting Cognitive Development

3

 

spring term only

ECE244

Observation and Assessment

3

 

 

ECE248

Children with Disabilities and Their Families

3

 

spring term only

ECE254

Preschool Curriculum

3

ECE255/
ECE256 

spring term only

ECE262

Advanced Practicum II and Seminar

3

 

permission required

ECEELEC

Approved Program Elective

0-4

 

 

 

Total Credits:

15-19

 

 

Approved Program Electives

(one or more courses for a maximum of 4 credits)

Course No.

Course Title

Credits

ECE199

Selected Topics in Early Childhood Education

1-3

ECE242

Parenting Education and Family Support

3

ECE258

Early Childhood Home Visitation

3

ECE295

Management of Early Childhood Programs

3

ED165

Child Development

3

FR101,102,103

First Year French I, II, III

4-4-4

PSY202

General Psychology II

4

SOC204

Introduction to Sociology

4

SOC213

Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.

4

SPAN101,102,103

First Year Spanish I, II, III

4-4-4

SPAN201,202,203

Second Year Spanish I, II, III

4-4-4

SRV101

Service Learning

1-3

WR110

Understanding English Grammar

2



1 Required for graduation. Approved Computer Information Science or Computer Science class, CIS120/CS120 or above, or documented computer proficiency within the past ten years.

2 Prerequisite: WR90.

 

For more information, contact the Early Childhood Elementary Education Department.

Early Childhood Elementary Education Department faculty and staff can also be reached by:
Phone: 541-956-7500
Email: ecee@roguecc.edu
Web address: www.roguecc.edu/ecee
TTY: Oregon Telecom Relay Service, 711

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