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Early Childhood Education Certificate


Certificate of Completion
Major Code: 190708B
Courses for this Certificate

About the Program

The Early Childhood Education four-term certificate 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 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.

For the corresponding relationship of the Early Childhood Education coursework to the Oregon
Registry: Pathways to Professional Recognition in Childhood Care and Education, go to and click on Oregon Registry.

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technical certificate programs to prospective students. Data includes Standard Occupational
Classification (SOC) codes, graduation rates, tuition and fees, typical costs for books and supplies,
job placement rates for students completing the programs, and median loan debt incurred by students
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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 advisor
and review the roadmap at

Graduation Requirements

Students completing the required credits in this program with a grade of “C” or better will receive
their certificates. 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.

Course No.
Course Title
CS__ Approved 3-4 computer science class, CS120 or above or documented computer proficiency
Note: Successful completion of CS120, or otherwise meeting the proficiency requirement within the last 10 years, fulfills this graduation requirement. Contact a computer science adviser to help determine placement.
RD30 College Reading or designated placement test score 0-4
WR115 Introduction to Expository Writing or BT113 Business English I or higher level composition (required for graduation) 3-4
  Total Prerequisite Credits 3-12
Required Program Courses

Note: Some courses are also offered as Web-based computer courses. Contact the Early Childhood and Elementary Education Department chair for more information.

Course No.
Course Title
First Term
ECE125 Early Childhood Development
Note: These CDA core courses are also available in three (3) modularized units of one credit each. It is not necessary to have completed WR115 to take these modularized courses.
ECE126 Early Childhood Education Best Practices
Note: These CDA core courses are also available in three (3) modularized units of one credit each. It is not necessary to have completed WR115 to take these modularized courses.
ECE152 Fostering Creativity 3
HE250 Personal Health or HPE295 Health and Fitness for Life 3
Second Term
ECE135 Applied Child Development
Note: These CDA core courses are also available in three (3) modularized units of one credit each. It is not necessary to have completed WR115 to take these modularized courses.
ECE136 Early Childhood Education: A Professional Overview
Note: These CDA core courses are also available in three (3) modularized units of one credit each. It is not necessary to have completed WR115 to take these modularized courses.
ECE151 Guiding Children in Group Settings 3
ECE154 Children's Literature and Literacy 3
ED170 Introductory Practicum 1
Third Term
ECE163 Preschool/Primary Development 3
ECE175 Developmentally Appropriate Practices 3
ED170 Introductory Practicum 1
ECE246 Child, Family and Community 3
PSY101 Psychology of Human Relations 3
Fourth Term
ECE161 Infant/Toddler Development 3
ECE250 Infant/Toddler Environments or ECE251 Preschool Environment or ECE252 Family Child Care Environments 3
ECE266 Spanish for Early Childhood /Elementary Professionals 3
MTH63 Applied Algebra I or MTH60 Fundamentals of Algebra I or BT160 Business Math or higher level math as designated by placement test score (MTH105 or higher recommended for transfer) 4
  Approved program elective(s) 0-3
  Total Program Credits 51-54
Approved Program Electives (a maximum of 3 credits allowed)
Course No.
Course Title
ECE199 Selected Topics in Early Childhood Education 1-3
ECE280 Cooperative Work Experience/Early Childhood Education variable
WR185 Understanding English Grammar 2

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. 7504
Web address:
TTY: Oregon Telecom Relay Service, 711