Early Childhood Development Transfer to Southern Oregon University
Associate of Science Degree
Major Code: 240101E
About the Program
Based on a signed articulation agreement, Rogue Community College (RCC) and Southern Oregon
University (SOU) Department of Education offer an Associate of Science degree for students who
want to work with children ages birth to 8. This degree was developed as a cooperative venture
between SOU and RCC and offers knowledge and application components drawn from curriculum
at both institutions.
The Associate of Science degree articulates directly into a bachelor’s degree program at SOU that
will fulfill the standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, as the
program objectives are designed to align with the national professional standards. Students should
note that Associate of Science is the only designation that is recorded on their transcripts and
Students should work closely with their advisors to ensure transferability of this program. They
should also contact the SOU School of Education early in the first year of the program to be
advised about additional requirements and procedures for admission to SOU. Students transferring
to SOU will be required to complete ED399 at SOU during their first quarter. If students transfer
before completing this degree or transfer in a major not covered by prior agreements, their courses
will be evaluated individually toward the transfer requirements of the college of their choice.
The curriculum in RCC courses is derived from a set of identified learning outcomes that are relevant
to the discipline. For a list of learning outcomes for this discipline or program, see
Students are required to take a placement test 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 levels as determined by placement test scores. In addition, students may also be required
to enroll in classes that would increase their employability and success.
For all early childhood classes, students are required to visit community classrooms to observe
children, teachers, and/or classroom environments. In order for students to be permitted into many
such sites, it is necessary to be enrolled in the Criminal History Registry. This registry is through
the Oregon Office of Child Care and is not the same registry used by school districts. This can be
accomplished by visiting the RCC Early Childhood Elementary Education Department website
and clicking on “Criminal Background Check.” On the Criminal History Registry application, pay
attention to specific instructions for RCC students completing the form. The cost is $3 (unless you
have lived outside of Oregon within the past 18 months) and must be submitted with the form.
You must complete this process as soon as possible so that you are ready with your registry number
when you need to complete your observation assignments. Your registry enrollment is valid for two
Students are also required to provide information regarding their measles immunization status
by completing the form found on the RCC ECEE Department website and clicking on “Measles
Immunization.” Completed forms must be submitted to a department secretary.
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.” A criminal history check (see above) and required paperwork must
be completed before observing or participating at a Head Start site.
Coursework from accredited universities will be accepted in accordance with college policies. 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.
The Associate of Science degree will be awarded to students who complete all credits in this program
with a grade of “C” or better. 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.