Degrees & Certificates


Early Childhood Education and Family Studies Degree
Early Childhood Education and Family Studies Certificate
Early Childhood Educator I Career Pathway Certificate

Early Childhood Education and Family Studies

Associate of Applied Science Degree: 97 Credits
Career Pathways: Roadmap | Program of Study

Credits to Complete Degree

Academic Discipline Credits
Early Childhood Education (ECE) 58
Consumer & Family Studies (HEC) 7
ECEFS Electives 4
Writing (WR) 8
Health (HE) 4
Math (MTH) 4
General Education Electives 12
Credit Total 97

Career Description

Teachers and home care providers of young children, ages birth through five, plan the environment, develop suitable learning experiences, and work closely with families in childhood care education situations. They also supervise play and physical needs of small children, organize daily activities, keep records of children’s progress and confer with parents. Early education graduates may also work in related fields such as child care resource and referral.

Columbia Gorge Community College’s (CGCC) Early Childhood Education articulation agreement with Portland State University (PSU) allows for up to 80 transfer credits toward PSU’s Child and Family Studies degree or degree completion program.

Program Outcomes

Students exiting the program with an AAS in Early Education and Family Studies will …

  • Use knowledge of child development and of individual children to create healthy, challenging learning environments and experiences.
  • Use content knowledge and appropriate pedagogy to create/design, implement and assess learning experiences.
  • Observe, document and assess children's development and learning in partnership with families.
  • Build respectful partnerships with children's families and their communities.
  • Use reflective practice to demonstrate professionalism.
  • Identify and conduct themselves as members of the early childhood profession.
  • Know and use ethical guidelines and professional standards related to early childhood practice.

Course of Study

The Early Childhood Education and Family Studies (ECEFS) Program is planned as a career ladder to accommodate the part-time as well as the full-time student. An ECEFS Certificate provides entry level child care skills and meets the minimum requirements for a child care teacher in an Oregon licensed child care facility. The Associate of Applied Science degree qualifies a student to become a head teacher in a child care facility licensed by the Oregon Child Care Division. The National Association for Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) minimum suggested training for teachers in early childhood programs is also an AAS degree in ECEFS. All required courses and competencies mastered for the certificate apply to the AAS degree. Certificate classes may apply toward a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential. CDA and Oregon Registry credentials may articulate into certificate level coursework.

Students must also meet Associate degree comprehensive requirements and Associate of Applied Science degree requirements.

Program Prerequisites

  1. An initial advising/information session with an Early Childhood Education and Family Studies Program advisor.
  2. While the Early Childhood Education and Family Studies AAS is open entry, the following prerequisites are required for some courses within the degree: WR 90 and RD 90 or equivalent placement test scores.

Criminal History Check

All CGCC students enrolled in a health care or child care program, including Early Childhood Education and Family Studies, with requirements for practical experience of field training may have to pass a Criminal History Check (CHC) as a condition of their acceptance into a medical or other facility for training.

Students who do not pass the CHC will be unable to complete some course requirements and will be ineligible to participate in training at affiliated practicum sites, to sit for licensure or certification exams, or be hired for some professional positions. If you believe that your past history may interfere with your ability to complete the program of study or to obtain licensure, or certification in your chosen field, you should contact the appropriate state board or program director.

Coursework

Course Name Credits
ECE 120 Introduction to Early Education and Family Studies 3
ECE 121 Observation & Guidance I 3
ECE 122 Environments and Curriculum in Early Childhood Ed I 4
ECE 123 Environments and Curriculum in Early Childhood Ed II 4
ECE 124 Multicultural Practice: Exploring Our Views 3
ECE 130A Practicum Orientation 2

ECE 130B &

ECE 134

Practicum Seminar 1 and

Practicum 1

5

ECE 130C &

ECE 135

Practicum Seminar 2 and

Practicum 2

5
ECE 200 The Professional in ECE & Family Studies 3
ECE 221 Observation & Guidance II 3
ECE 224 Multicultural Practices: Curriculum & Implementation 3
ECE 234 Introduction to Children with Special Needs in ECE&FS 3
ECE 236 Language & Literacy in Early Childhood Education 3

ECE 260A &

ECE 264

Advanced Practicum Seminar 1 and

Advanced Practicum 1

7

ECE 260B &

ECE 265

Advanced Practicum Seminar 2 and

Advanced Practicum 2

7
HEC 201 Family Partnerships in Education 3
HEC 226 Child Development¹ 4
HE 113 First Aid & CPR/AED/Professional Rescuers/Healthcare Providers² 1
HE 262 Children's Health, Nutrition, & Safety 3

MTH 65

(or higher)

Beginning Agebra II (or higher) 4

WR 115

(or higher)

Introduction to Expository Writing (or higher) 4

WR 121

(or higher)

English Composition (or higher) 4
Early Childhoon Education & Family Studies Electives 4
General Education Electives 12
¹ May be used as General Education.
² Students with valid CPR card may receive non-traditional credit.

Early Childhood Education and Family Studies Electives

Course Name Credits
BA 177 Payroll Accounting 3
BA 223 Principles of Marketing 3
BA 224 Introduction to Human Resource Management 3
BA 250 Small Business Management 3
BA 285 Human Relation in Organizations 3
CIS 120 Computer Concepts I 4
ECE 175A Infant/Toddler Caregiving: Learning and Development 1
ECE 175B Infant/Toddler Caregiving: Group Care 1
ECE 175C Infant/Toddler Caregiving: Social/Emotional Growth 1
ECE 175D Infant/Toddler Caregiving: Family/Provider Relationships 1
ECE 177 Multi-age Groups 1
ECE 179 Child Portfolios in ECE 1
ECE 185 Field Trips in Early Childhood 1
ECE 187 Cooking Experiences for Young Children 1
ECE 188 Block Play and Woodworking for Young Children 1
ECE 235 Music and Movement for the Young Child 3
ECE 238 Administration of ECE & FS Programs 3
ESR 171 Environmental Science: Biological Perspectives* 4
ESR 172 Environmental Science: Chemical Perspectives* 4
PSY 222 Family & Intimate Relationships* 4
WR 122 English Composition 4
Up to 3 credits of Foreign Language

Practicum Requirements

Students must meet practicum competencies for the certificate and the degree. Students may retake classes in order to meet the grade requirement with the exception of ECE Practicum 1 (ECE 130B, ECE 134); ECE Practicum 2 (ECE 130C, ECE 135); ECE Advanced Practicum 1 (ECE 260A, ECE 264); and ECE Advanced Practicum 2 (ECE 260B, ECE 265); seminar and lab classes. These classes may be re-enrolled in only once after a student receives a grade of less than C. Department approval is required for any student desiring to attempt any ECE course for the third time.

Credits required depend on individual student competency as evaluated by ECEFS instructors. To be considered for practicum, students must 1) be enrolled in the Oregon Child Care Division, Central Background Registry; 2) submit verification of measles immunization; 3) submit verification of TB Skin Test; 4) complete a Food Handler’s Certificate; and 5) current Infant/Child First Aid Card. Costs associated with required practicum documentation are the sole responsibility of the student.

Early Childhood Education and Family Studies

Career and Technical Education Certificate: 44 Credits
Career Pathways: Roadmap | Program of Study | Gainful Employment

Credits to Complete Certificate

Academic Discipline Credits
Early Childhood Education (ECE) 29
Health (HE) 4
Consumer & Family Studies (HEC) 3
Writing (WR) 4
ECEFS Electives 4
Credit Total 44

Career Description

Teachers and home care providers of young children, ages birth through five, plan the environment, develop suitable learning experiences, and work closely with families in childhood care education situations. They also supervise play and physical needs of small children, organize daily activities, keep records of children’s progress and confer with parents. Early education graduates may also work in related fields such as child care resource and referral.

Program Outcomes

Students exiting the program with an Early Chldhood Education and Family Studies certificate will:

  • Use knowledge of child development and of individual children to create healthy, challenging learning environments and experiences.
  • Use content knowledge and appropriate pedagogy to create/design, implement and assess learning experiences.
  • Observe, document and assess children's development and learning in partnership with families.
  • Build respectful partnerships with children's families and their communities.
  • Know and use professional standards related to early childhood practice.
  • Use reflective practice to demonstrate professionalism.

Course of Study

The Early Childhood Education and Family Studies (ECEFS) Program is planned as a career ladder to accommodate the part-time as well as the full-time student. An ECEFS certificate provides entry level child care skills and meets the minimum requirements for a child care teacher in an Oregon licensed child care facility. The Associate of Applied Science degree qualifies a student to become a head teacher in a child care facility licensed by the Oregon Child Care Division. The National Association for Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) minimum suggested training for teachers in early childhood programs is also an AAS degree in ECEFS. All required courses and competencies mastered for the certificate apply to the AAS degree. Certificate classes may apply toward a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential. CDA and Oregon Registry credentials may articulate into certificate level coursework.

Students must also meet general certificate requirements.

Program Prerequisites

  1. An initial advising/information session with an Early Childhood Education and Family Studies Program advisor.
  2. While the Early Childhood Education and Family Studies certificateis open entry, the following prerequisites are required for some courses within the certificate: WR 90 and RD 90 or equivalent placement test scores.

Criminal Background Check

All CGCC students enrolled in a health care or child care program, including Early Childhood Education and Family Studies, with requirements for practical experience of field training may have to pass a Criminal History Check (CHC) as a condition of their acceptance into a medical or other facility for training.

Students who do not pass the CHC will be unable to complete some course requirements and will be ineligible to participate in training at affiliated practicum sites, to sit for licensure or certification exams, or be hired for some professional positions. If you believe that your past history may interfere with your ability to complete the program of study or to obtain licensure, or certification in your chosen field, you should contact the appropriate state board or program director.

Coursework

Course Name Credits
ECE 120 Introduction to Early Education and Family Studies 3
ECE 121 Observation & Guidance I 3
ECE 122 Environments and Curriculum in Early Childhood Ed I 4
ECE 123 Environments and Curriculum in Early Childhood Ed II 4
ECE 124 Multicultural Practice: Exploring Our Views 3
ECE 130A Practicum Orientation 2

ECE 130B and

ECE 134

Practicum Seminar 1 and

Practicum 1

5

ECE 130C and

ECE 135

Practicum Seminar 2 and

Practicum 2

5
HE 113 First Aid & CPR/AED/Professional Rescuers/Healthcare Providers¹ 1
HE 262 Children's Health, Nutrition, & Safety 3
HEC 201 Family Partnerships in Education 3

WR 115

(or higher)

Introduction to Expository Writing (or higher) 4
Early Childhood Education and Family Studies Electives 4
¹ Students with a valid CPR card may receive non-traditional credit.

Early Childhood Education and Family Studies Electives

COURSE NAME CREDITS
BA 177 Payroll Accounting 3
BA 223 Principles of Marketing 3
BA 224 Introduction to Human Resource Management 3
BA 250 Small Business Management 3
BA 285 Human Relation in Organizations 3
CIS 120 Computer Concepts I 4
ECE 175A Infant/Toddler Caregiving: Learning and Development 1
ECE 175B Infant/Toddler Caregiving: Group Care 1
ECE 175C Infant/Toddler Caregiving: Social/Emotional Growth 1
ECE 175D Infant/Toddler Caregiving: Family/Provider Relationships 1
ECE 177 Multi-age Groups 1
ECE 179 Child Portfolios in ECE 1
ECE 185 Field Trips in Early Childhood 1
ECE 187 Cooking Experiences for Young Children 1
ECE 188 Block Play and Woodworking for Young Children 1
ECE 235 Music and Movement for the Young Child 3
ECE 238 Administration of ECE & FS Programs 3
ESR 171 Environmental Science: Biological Perspectives* 4
ESR 172 Environmental Science: Chemical Perspectives* 4
PSY 222 Family & Intimate Relationships* 4
WR 122 English Composition 4
Up to 3 credits of Foreign Language

Practicum Requirements

Students must meet practicum competencies for the certificate and the degree. Students may retake classes in order to meet the grade requirement with the exception of ECE Practicum 1 (ECE 130B, ECE 134); ECE Practicum 2 (ECE 130C, ECE 135; ECE Advanced Practicum 1 (ECE 260A, ECE 264)*; and ECE Advanced Practicum 2 (ECE 260B, ECE 265)*, seminar and lab classes. These classes may be re-enrolled in only once after a student receives a grade of less than C. Department approval is required for any student desiring to attempt any ECE course for the third time.

Credits required depend on individual student competency as evaluated by ECEFS instructors. To be considered for practicum, students must 1) be enrolled in the Oregon Child Care Division, Central Background Registry; 2) submit verification of measles immunization; 3) submit verification of TB Skin Test; 4) complete a Food Handler’s Certificate; and 5) current Infant/Child First Aid Card. Costs associated with required practicum documentation are the sole responsibility of the student.

* Advanced Practicums apply only to the ECEFS AAS degree, not the ECEFS Certifacte.

Early Childhood Educator I

Career Pathway Certificate (Parent degree - Early Childhood Education and Family Studies AAS): 19 Credits

Career Pathways: Roadmap | Program of Study | Gainful Employment

Career Description

Early childhood education providers of young children, ages birth through five, plan the environment, develop suitable learning experiences, and work closely with families in childhood care education situations. They also supervise play and physical needs of small children, organize daily activities, keep records of children’s progress and confer with parents. Early education graduates may also work in related fields such as child care resource and referral.

The 19 credit Early Childhood Educator I Career Pathway Certificate will provide students with training that equals Level 7 on the Oregon Registry. (The Oregon Registry Steps are a sequence of 12 professional development categories that describe and acknowledge increasing education and training.) The certificate provides students with the 120 hours of training needed to sit for the nationally recognized, as well as industry recognized, exam to earn the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential.

Program Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this certificate should be able to:

  • Use observation and documentation, in partnership with families and other professionals, to positively influence children’s development and learning.
  • Employ their understanding of and relationships with children and families and their understanding of developmentally and culturally effective approaches to teaching and learning to implement and evaluate experiences that promote positive development and learning for all young children.
  • Know and use professional standards related to early childhood practice.

Course of Study

This 19 credit career pathway certificate is the initial rung on the Early Childhood Education and Family Studies (ECEFS) educational ladder. It represents the majority of the 24 credits required for the first two terms of the three-term (38 credits) ECEFS certificate. The ECEFS certificate is the first year of the ECEFS two-year AAS degree (92 credits.)

Program Prerequisites

  1. An initial advising/information session with an Early Childhood Education and Family Studies Program advisor.
  2. While the Early Childhood Educator I certificate is open entry, the following prerequisites are required for some courses within the certificate: WR 90 and RD 90 or equivalent placement test scores.

Coursework

COURSE NAME CREDITS
ECE 120 Introduction to Early Education and Family Studies 3
ECE 121 Observation & Guidance I 3
ECE 130A Practicum Orientation 2
ECE 130B Practicum Seminar 1 2
ECE 134 Practicum I 3
HE 262 Children's Health, Nutrition, & Safety 3
HEC 201 Family Partnerships in Education 3