Associate of Applied Science Degree
The Early Childhood Education associate degree program prepares you to work with infant and preschool children in both public and private school settings. This program is designed for persons of all ages and backgrounds, with special attention given to individual student needs and abilities.
In this program, you will use knowledge of child development to create healthy, respectful, supportive and challenging learning environments for young children.
You will create respectful, reciprocal relationships that support and empower families and involve all families in their children’s development and learning.
You will learn how to use effective, responsible assessment through the use of observation, documentation and other appropriate tools to promote positive outcomes for each child in partnership with families and professional colleagues.
You will know, understand, and use a wide array of developmentally appropriate approaches, instructional strategies, and tools to connect with children and families and positively influence each child’s development and learning.
You will use your own knowledge and other resources to design, implement, and evaluate meaningful, challenging curriculum that promotes comprehensive developmental and learning outcomes for every young child.
You will know and demonstrate understanding of ethical guidelines and professional practices associated with early childhood careers.
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Graduates are trained to work in a variety of educational and child care settings including nursery school, nanny, preschool, day care centers, private kindergarten and private childcare.
Course work and practical work experience emphasize knowledge of normal growth and development of young children, guidance skills, and the planning and directing of activities which foster positive intellectual, social, emotional and physical development. Many of the courses are also excellent for parents or others who work with young children.
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High School Students
Good news! If you are in High School you can use the Program of Study information below to get a head start on this program. Talk with your high school counselor to help you choose classes that provide credit at UCC!
Not in high school? No problem! The Program of Study information below helps all students by providing an ideal term by term schedule of classes.
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View / Download catalog information for Early Childhood Education (AAS Degree)
Students are required to complete and pay for a background history check through the Oregon Childcare Registry, and MMR vaccination before beginning ED 101. CPR and First Aid is required before ED 102.
Other Certificates & Degrees at UCC
- Early Childhood Education: Associate of Applied Science Degree
- Early Childhood Education: One-Year Certificate
- Early Childhood Education: Infant / Toddler, Pathways Certificate
- Early Childhood Education: Preschool, Pathways Certificate
- Early Childhood Development: Associate of Science Degree
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At UCC, you can earn a variety of certificates and degrees that can enhance your current career or place you in the workforce sooner. Plus, UCC offers:
• Expert faculty dedicated to teaching
• Personal attention and small class sizes
• Online classes
Prospective students should visit Advising and Career Services to get started and then see a program advisor (below) to develop a more focused educational plan.
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