Early Childhood Education

Associate of Applied Science

Early Childhood Education

Program Mission

The mission of the UCC Early Childhood Education program is to partner with our community to prepare high quality early childhood education providers to meet the cognitive, social, emotional and physical needs of a diverse population of children ages birth to five by offering opportunities for students to learn theory and put theory and skills to practice in early childhood settings.

Program Description

The Early Childhood Education Associate of Applied Science Degree program prepares students to work with infants, toddlers, and preschool aged children in both public and private school settings. Students completing the ECE Associate of Applied Science degree will achieve Step 9 on the Oregon Registry Steps for the Oregon Center for Career Development in Childhood Care and Education.

Career Considerations

Graduates of the ECE AAS degree will learn specific skills and knowledge that are imperative in working with infants, toddlers, young children, and their families in a variety of early childhood education and care settings. These settings include both public and private infant toddler centers, preschools, private kindergartens, and in-home care settings.

Ready to get started?

It's easy and only requires TWO steps.

Step 1

Fill out our request info form. This will alert us that you are interested in the Early Childhood Development program.

Step 2

If you are new to UCC (you've never taken a class), apply to UCC. Otherwise, you are done for now. You will be contacted about the next steps.

Program Publications

Program Requirements

Academic Entrance Requirement

  • Enrollment in Oregon Central Background Registry
  • Verification of MMR vaccinations
  • Food Handler’s Certificate
  • Students will need to complete either ECE 140, or HDFS 225 before beginning practicum courses

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Sally Guyon - Contact
Early Childhood Education Program Coordinator
Phone: 503-764-8747

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