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2022-2023 Social and Behavioral Science, Education Pathway
Social and Behavioral Science, Education guided pathway at RCC

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: visit Pathways to Professional Recognition in Childhood Care and Education, 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 the Early Childhood Education Associate of Applied Science are:

  • Implement strategies that promote child development for ages birth through age 8 across developmental domains relevant to the child’s relational and cultural environments.
  • Apply strategies that build and sustain family and community partnerships, reflecting the complex characteristics of children’s families and communities to support successful early childhood outcomes
  • Apply different observation methods to inform instruction and planning reflective of children’s developmental, cultural, and linguistic needs.
  • Implement developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate teaching practices for children ages birth through age 8.
  • Use academic content knowledge to build developmentally appropriate curriculum that promotes positive outcomes for each child.
  • Identify and conduct one’s self as a member of the early childhood field.

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.

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. 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. 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 Pathway 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.

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.

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS:

90
Program email address: [email protected]
Program Prerequisites
Course No. Course Title Alternate Course(s) Comments

MTH20

Pre-algebra

 

or designated placement score

WR115

Introduction to Expository Writing

BT113

or designated placement score

CIS120

Concepts in Computing I 1

 

Required for graduation.
Prerequisites - credits vary based on Placement Score(s): 0-9

 

 

Fall
      Check in with Advisor

ECE125

Early Childhood Development

 

 

ECE126

Early Childhood Education Best Practices

 

 

ECE136

Early Childhood Education: A Professional Overview

 

 

ECE152

Fostering Creativity

 

fall term only

ECE154

Children's Literature and Literacy

 

fall term only

 

Term Credits: 15

 

 

Winter

ECE135

Applied Child Development

 

 

ECE175

Developmentally Appropriate Practices

 

 

ECE163

Preschool/Primary Development

 

 

ED170

Introductory Practicum

 

total of 2 credits for completion (1 credit per term)

PSY101

Psychology of Human Relations

 

 

HE250

Personal Health

HPE295

 

 

Term Credits: 16

 

 

Spring

ECE161

Infant/Toddler Development

 

 

ECE151

Guiding Children in Group Settings

 

 

ECE246

Child, Family and Community

 

 

ECE254

Preschool Curriculum

ECE255, 256 

spring term only

ED170

Introductory Practicum

 

total of 2 credits for completion (1 credit per term)

COMM218

Interpersonal Communication

COMM115, 111

 

 

Term Credits: 17

 

 

Fall
      Check in with Advisor

LIB101

Introduction to Information Literacy

LIB127

 

ECE243

Promoting Child Health and Physical Development

 

fall term only

ECE245

Promoting Social/Emotional Development of Young Children

 

 

ECE275

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Education

 

 

MTH63

Applied Algebra I

BT160

or MTH60

 

Term Credits: 14

 

 

Winter

ECE261

Practicum I and Seminar

 

permission required

ECE265

Children at Risk

 

 

ECE285

The Early Childhood Professional

 

winter term only

WR121

English Composition I

BT114

 

 

Term Credits: 13

 

 

Spring

ECE241

Promoting Cognitive Development

 

spring term only

ECE244

Observation and Assessment

 

 

ECE248

Children with Disabilities and Their Families

 

spring term only

ECE266

Spanish for Early Childhood/Elementary Professionals

 

 

ECE262

Advanced Practicum II and Seminar

 

permission required

 

Term Credits: 15

 

 

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

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: [email protected]
Web address: www.roguecc.edu/ecee
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