Early Childhood Education

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.

Ready to get started?

It's easy and only requires TWO steps.

Step 1

Fill out our response form. This will alert us that you are interested in the Early Childhood Education 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.


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.

High School Students

If you are in high school you can use the advising information below to get a head start on this program. Talk with your high school counselor to help you choose classes that provide high school and college credit!

Not in high school? No problem! The advising information below helps all students by providing an ideal term by term schedule of classes.  

Catalog Info

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Advising Guide

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Program Requirements

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.

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High School Students

Get a head start by becoming a dual credit student. Dual credit students attend UCC and high school at the same time! You can complete high school requirements, work on college prerequisites and earn credits towards a degree or certificate all at the same time.

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Why UCC?

Why UCCAt 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 contact an Enrollment Advisor to get started and then see a program advisor (below) to develop a more focused educational plan.

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