Early Childhood Education and Family Studies - Degree
Associate of Applied Science Degree Program | mhcc.edu/ChildDevelopment
Yolanda Buenafe: 503-491-7129 | Room ECC106 | Yolanda.Buenafe@mhcc.edu
The Early Childhood Education and Family Studies program prepares students to work with young children and their families in a variety of settings and sets the stage for those who wish to pursue higher levels of education and training. It is a broad-based foundation of theory and practice intended to support both those who have a definite career goal and those who are exploring potential options for working with children and families.
Coursework and practicum experiences emphasize the understanding and application of typical child growth and development theories, positive guidance approaches, high quality interactions and engaging curriculum experiences with children, and fostering development in all domains for children birth to five.
As an open entry program, we welcome students of diverse backgrounds and ages. All students must demonstrate the necessary emotional stability and maturity, the cognitive skills and abilities, and the physical stamina and responsiveness needed by professionals in this field. Students with challenges in any area should consult the program adviser for individual planning.
Students must fulfill all program competencies and expectations with or without accommodations, including those of our practicum courses in classrooms with young children. The number of practicum (co-op) placement sites is limited and students may only enroll in these courses with program faculty permission.
Graduates are prepared to be employed in a variety of capacities including working with children birth to five in early learning programs, assisting with instruction in the primary grades, and advocating for families in education and social service settings.
At the completion of this program, students should be able to:
- Promote learning environments designed to optimize children’s development in all domains
- Develop positive relationships with families and community
- Provide a rationale for effective observation, documentation and assessment of children’s development
- Support Developmentally Appropriate Practices and all relevant guidelines
- Use content knowledge and inquiry tools to analyze meaningful curriculum
- Demonstrate an exemplary work ethic and uphold the standards of the profession
Students with a non-credit credential, such as the Child Development Associate (CDA) or Step 7 on the Oregon Registry, may apply for up to 12 transcripted credits at MHCC. See the program adviser for more information. Students must successfully complete first-year classes/certificate coursework prior to admission to second-year classes. Program advisers will determine individual eligibility.
For the most part, courses that fulfill general education requirements can be taken in any term. Students should work with the faculty adviser(s) to create a custom academic plan based on course placement levels, career goals, and full time/part time status.
Admitted students may also log on to Navigate to start the process of building an academic plan based on this major and can notify an adviser for review.
Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in all program (ECE) courses.
|ECE125||The Early Childhood Professional||3|
|ECE140||Introduction to Early Childhood Education||3|
|ECE158||Play as Curriculum||3|
|ECE170||Health, Safety and Nutrition||3|
|WR121||English Composition (Course offered online)||4|
|ECE144||Early Childhood Observation Techniques||2|
|ECE145||Techniques of Positive Guidance||3|
|ECE166||Seminar - Beginning||1|
|WE280CDC1||Co-op Education - Beginning - Early Childhood Education 1||3|
|Beginning Algebra II (Course offered online) (or higher) |
or Quantitative Reasoning I
|ECE135||Math Concepts in Early Childhood||3|
|ECE171||Families and Diversity||3|
|HE261||CPR - Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation 1||1|
|Health and Physical Education requirement (HE252 recommended)||2-3|
|ECE244||Observation for Assessment||3|
|ECE258||Developmentally Appropriate Practices||3|
|ECE285||Seminar - Intermediate||1.0|
|WE280CDC1A||Co-op Education - Intermediate - Early Childhood Education||3.0|
|Human Relations requirement||3-4|
|ECE248||Special Needs and Inclusion||3|
|ECE260||Values and Issues in Early Childhood Education||3|
|ECE261||Child Development Principles||4|
|ECE286||Seminar - Advanced||1|
AAS degree seeking students must provide documentation of current First Aid/Pediatric CPR certification as a pre-requisite to Intermediate Co-op, WE280CDC1A.
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