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Early Childhood Education Certificate

2018-19 Early Childhood Education Grad Guide (PDF)

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.

The U.S. Department of Education requires disclosure of specific information about career and
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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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 complete the Placement Process 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 level as determined by the results of their placement assessment.  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.

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.

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, 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 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.
RD90 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 3
ECE126 Early Childhood Education Best Practices 3
ECE152 Fostering Creativity 3
HE250 Personal Health or HPE295 Health and Fitness for Life 3
Second Term
ECE135 Applied Child Development 3
ECE136 Early Childhood Education: A Professional Overview 3
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
SRV101 Service Learning 1-3
WR110 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