Early Childhood Education

Pathway Certificate

Early Childhood Education

Program Mission

The mission of the Early Childhood Education (ECE) Program is to 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 both learn theory and put theory and skills to practice in early childhood settings.

Program Description

The Child Development Career Pathway Certificate program is designed for students just entering the early care and education field, and those already employed in childcare, but who need an immediate certificate to continue working in an Oregon licensed facility. Students completing the CDC Pathway certificate will achieve Step 7.5 on the Oregon Registry Steps for the Oregon Center for Career Development in Childhood Care and Education have a strong foundational knowledge of child development for children age 0-8. The CDC pathway certificate aligns with the requirements for an Infant/Toddler CDA. Graduates may continue to seek the One-Year Certificate, AS, or AAS degree seamlessly, since all of the certificate classes are wholly contained within the degree program.

Career Consideration

Students in the Child Development Career Pathway certificate program receive education and experience around the foundational knowledge for child development age 0-6 with a specific focus with infants and toddlers age three and under. Our Child Development Career Pathway certificate program focuses on seven crucial learning outcomes to help prepare students for working with young children and their families. Courses offered in the Child Development Career certificate program are also excellent for parents, expecting families, and anyone associated or working with families and young children.

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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