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Early Childhood Education


Associate of Applied Science Degree
Major Code: 190708A
Courses for this Program

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 adviser 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 and click on Oregon Registry.

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

Entry Requirements

Students are required to take the college 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.

Students must also obtain an RCC student identification card. RCC photos will be taken on a
scheduled basis in the Student Services area on the Redwood Campus, Grants Pass (541-956-7090),
or upstairs in G Building at the Riverside Campus, Medford (541-245-7560). 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.

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.” A criminal history check (see above) and 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 adviser
and review the roadmap at

Completion 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.

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

Grants Pass or Medford:  541-245-7504
Toll free in Oregon: 800-411-6508, Ext. 7066 or 7504
Web address:
TTY:  Oregon Telecom Relay Service, 711