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Elementary Education Transfer to Southern Oregon University

2018-19

Associate of Science Degree
Major Code: 240101N
Courses for this Program

About the Program

Based on a signed articulation agreement, Rogue Community College (RCC) and Southern Oregon University (SOU) School of Education offer an Associate of Science degree for students who wish to ultimately obtain a teaching credential with early childhood (pre-kindergarten through fourth grade) and/or elementary authorization (third through sixth grades).

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 degree transfers directly into the bachelor’s degree program in Elementary Education at SOU. If a student’s career goal is to teach in an elementary school, successful completion of the bachelor’s degree will lead to an initial teaching license.

Students must work closely with their advisors to ensure transferability of this program. If students transfer before completing this degree or in a major not covered by prior agreements, their courses will be evaluated individually toward the transfer requirements of the college of their choice.


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:

Promote child development and learning: Students will be able to demonstrate their understanding of a) children's characteristics and needs and b) the multiple interacting influences on children's development and learning; and c) Students will be able to use developmental knowledge to create learning environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging for each child.

Build family and community relationships: a) Students will know about, understand, and value the importance and complex characteristics of children's families and communities; b) Students will be able to support and engage families and communities through respectful, reciprocal relationships; and c) Students will be able to involve families and communities in their children's development and learning.

Observe, document, and assess: a) Students will understand the goals, benefits, and uses of assessment; b) Students will know about and use observations, documentation, and other appropriate assessment tools and approaches; c) Students will understand and practice responsible assessment to promote positive outcomes for each child; and d) Students will know about assessment partnerships with families and with professional colleagues.

Use developmentally effective approaches to connect with children and families: a) Students will understand positive relationships and supportive interactions as the foundation of their work with children; b) Students will know and understand effective strategies and tools for early childhood and/or elementary education; c) Students will use a broad repertoire of developmentally appropriate teaching/learning approaches; and d) Students will reflect on their own practice to promote positive outcomes for each child.

Use content knowledge to build meaningful curriculum: a) Students will understand content knowledge and resources in academic disciplines; b) Students will know and use the central concepts, inquiry tools, and structures of content areas or academic disciplines; and c) Students will use their own knowledge, appropriate early childhood or elementary learning standards, and other resources to design, implement, and evaluate meaningful, challenging curricula for every child.

Demonstrate professionalism: a) Students will identify and involve themselves with the early childhood and/or elementary education field; b) Students will know about and uphold ethical guidelines and other professional guidelines; c) Students will engage in continuous, collaborative learning to inform practice; d) Students will integrate knowledgeable, reflective, and critical perspectives on education; and e) Students will engage in informed advocacy for children and the profession.


Entry Requirements

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.

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.

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 your 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 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.


Graduation Requirements

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 a “C” or better grade.


For more information contact the Early Childhood and Elementary Education Department:

Grants Pass: 541-956-7066
Medford: 541-245-7504
Toll free in Oregon: 800-411-6508, Ext. 7066 or 7504
email: ecee@roguecc.edu
Web address: www.roguecc.edu/ecee
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