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Early Childhood Education Certificate

2020-21 Early Childhood Education (PDF)*

Certificate of Completion
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 Rogue Community College.

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 across developmental domains in context.

Build family and community partnerships based on understanding and valuing the complex characteristics of children’s families and communities.

Utilize child observation, documentation, and assessment in appropriate ways to promote positive outcomes for children.

Implement developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate teaching practices depending on children’s ages and characteristics and on the settings in which teaching and learning occur.

Use content knowledge to build meaningful curriculum by designing, implementing and evaluating experiences that promote positive development and learning for each child.

Identify and conduct themselves as members of the early childhood and/or elementary education field and be continuous collaborative learners.

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 through the Placement Process. 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 ECEE Department Requirements. 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.

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
CIS/CS__ Approved Computer Information Science or Computer Science class, CIS/CS120 or above or documented computer proficiency within the past ten years 0-2
WR115 Introduction to Expository Writing or
BT113 Business English I or higher level composition 1
  Total Prerequisite Credits 3-6
Required Program Courses
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
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 2 3
Fourth Term
ECE161 Infant/Toddler Development 3
ECE250 Infant/Toddler Environments or
ECE251 Preschool Environment or
ECE252 Family Child Care Environments
ECE266 Spanish for Early Childhood /Elementary Professionals 3
MTH63 Applied Algebra I or
BT160 Business Math or higher level math as designated by placement test score or
MTH60 Fundamentals of Algebra I (MTH105 or higher recommended for transfer)
  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

1 Required for graduation.

2 Prerequisite: WR90

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

Toll free in Oregon: 800-411-6508, Ext. 7066
Web address:
TTY: Oregon Telecom Relay Service, 711

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