Early Education and Family Studies

2015-16 Edition

Sylvania Campus
Health Technology Building (HT), Room 318
971-722-4217
For Spanish, please call 971-722-4853

www.pcc.edu/programs/early-ed/

Career Program and Description

As a nationally accredited program, the Early Education and Family Studies (EEFS) program prepares teachers and home care providers of young children, ages birth through five, to plan environments, develop suitable learning experiences, and work closely with families in childhood care and education contexts. 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 EEFS coursework is designed to meet the needs of the working student. All coursework for the Certificate and 85% of coursework for the AAS degree can be completed through a combination of courses offered online, in the evening, and on Saturdays.

Portland Community College’s early education articulation agreement with Portland State University allows for up to 100% of transfer credits toward PSU’s child and family studies degree or degree completion program.

Degrees and Certificates Offered

Associate of Applied Science

Early Education and Family Studies

Less than One-Year Certificate

Early Education and Family Studies

Prerequisites and Requirements

  1. College placement test administered through assessment centers.
  2. An initial advising/information session with an Early Education Program faculty advisor. Info session schedule available at the EEFS Office.
  3. Students entering into the EEFS Program must demonstrate through transcripted record or by appropriate placement test scores the ability to be placed into WR 115 for certificate level course work and completion of WR 121 for AAS degree classes. MTH 20 is recommended for Environments (ECE 122).

In order to earn the AAS degree or Certificate in Early Education and Family Studies students must: 1) Complete all program core courses with a letter grade of "C" or better. 2) Complete the required practica for the certificate and the degree.

Students may retake classes in order to meet the grade requirement with the exception of ECE 130A, ECE 130B, ECE 130C,ECE 131A, ECE 131B, ECE 131C, ECE 133ECE 134, ECE 135, ECE 260A,ECE 260B ECE 264 and ECE 265 These classes may be re-enrolled in only once after a student receives a grade less than "C". SAC approval is required for any student desiring to attempt any ECE course for the third time.

Admittance to practicum is based on previously completed coursework, availability, and department permission.  To be considered for practicum, students must 1) be enrolled in the State of Oregon Office of Child Care, Central Background Registry; 2) submit verification of measles immunization; 3) submit verification of TB Skin Test; 4) submit verification of Tdap vaccine; and 5) complete a Food Handlers Certificate. Costs associated with required practicum documentation are the sole responsibility of the student.

Criminal Background Check

All PCC students enrolled in a health care or child care program, including Early 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 obtaining licensure, or certification in your chosen field, you should contact the appropriate state board or program director.

The Early Education and Family Studies Program is planned as a career ladder to accommodate the part-time as well as the full-time student. An Early Education and Family Studies 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 State of Oregon Office of Child Care. The National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) minimum suggested training for teachers in early childhood programs is also an AAS degree in EEFS. All required courses for the certificate apply to the AAS degree.

Certificate classes may apply toward a CDA credential. CDA and Oregon Registry credentials may articulate into certificate level coursework.

Early Education and Family Studies AAS Degree

Minimum 92 credits. Students must also meet Associate Degree Comprehensive Requirements and Associate of Applied Science Requirements. Students must complete a total of sixteen credits of General Education. Some courses specified within the program may be used as General Education. In addition to required courses in the program of study, students must satisfy MTH 58/65 competency. Students should consult with program advisors for course planning.

Early Education and Family Studies Degree Courses

ECE 120Introduction to Early Education and Family Studies3
ECE 121Observation and Guidance I3
ECE 122Environments and Curriculum in Early Care and Ed I4
ECE 123Environments and Curriculum in Early Care and Ed II4
ECE 124Multicultural Practices: Exploring Our Views3
ECE 130APracticum Seminar 12
ECE 130BPracticum Seminar 22
ECE 130CPracticum Seminar 32
ECE 133Practicum 13
or ECE 131A Practicum for Experienced Teachers 1
ECE 134Practicum 23
or ECE 131B Practicum for Experiences Teachers 2
ECE 135Practicum 33
or ECE 131C Practicum for Experienced Teachers 3
ECE 200The Professional in Early Education and Family Studies3
ECE 221Observation and Guidance II3
ECE 224Multicultural Practice: Curriculum & Implementation3
ECE 234Children with Special Needs in Early Childhood Education3
ECE 236Language and Literacy in Early Childhood Education3
ECE 260AAdvanced Practicum Seminar 13
ECE 260BAdvanced Practicum Seminar 23
ECE 264Practicum 44
ECE 265Practicum 54
HE 112Standard First Aid and Emergency Care1
HE 262Children's Health, Nutrition & Safety3
HEC 201Family Partnerships in Education3
HEC 226 *Child Development4
WR 121English Composition4
ECE Electives4
Remaining General Education12
Total Credits92
*

 Could be used as General Education.

1

Students with a valid CPR card may receive non-traditional credit.

2

Students must enroll in practicum seminar each term they take practicum.

Early Education and Family Studies Degree Electives

BA 111Introduction to Accounting3
BA 177Payroll Accounting3
BA 223Principles of Marketing4
BA 224Human Resource Management3
BA 250Small Business Management3
BA 285Human Relations-Organizations3
CIS 120Computer Concepts I4
COMM 100Introduction to Communication4
ECE 132Early Childhood Field Work2
ECE 170Coaching and Mentoring in Early Education and Family Studies1
ECE 173Children and Loss: The Effects of Death and Divorce1
ECE 174Head Start Past and Present1
ECE 175AInfant/Toddler Caregiving: Learning and Development1
ECE 175BInfant/Toddler Caregiving: Group Care1
ECE 175CInfant/Toddler Caregiving: Social/Emotional Growth1
ECE 175DInfant/Toddler Caregiving: Family/Provider Relationships1
ECE 177Tiny to Tall: Making Mixed Age Groupings Work1
ECE 179The Power of Portfolios in Early Education1
ECE 184Children's Puppetry & Theater1
ECE 185Planning Fun and Meaningful Field Trips for Young Children1
ECE 188Block Play and Woodworking for Young Children1
ECE 197Career Exploration in Early Education and Family Studies1
ECE 198Building Effective Outdoor Environments1
ECE 235Music and Movement in Early Childhood Education3
ECE 238Administration of Early Childhood Programs3
ED 100Introduction to Education for Paraeducators3
ED 102Displays & Graphics for Educators3
ED 112Introduction to Children's Literature3
ED 115Storytelling2
ED 131Applied Learning Theory3
ED 136Learning with Technology3
ED 260Multicultural Literature for Children and Young Adults3
ED 268Introduction to Developmental Disabilities3
ED 269Introduction to Teaching the Learning Disabled Student3
ESR 173 *Environmental Science: Geological Perspectives4
HEC 157Parenting Skills1
HEC 9421Living and Learning with Your Toddler1
ESR 171 *Environmental Science: Biological Perspectives4
ESR 172 *Environmental Science: Chemical Perspectives4
MTH 211 *Foundations of Elementary Math I4
PSY 222 *Family & Intimate Relationships4
PSY 240 *Personal Awareness and Growth4
SOC 213 *Diversity in the United States4
SOC 214A *Illumination Project: Tools for Creative Social Activism 14
SOC 214B *Illumination Project: Tools for Creative Social Activism 24
SOC 214C *Illumination Project: Tools for Creative Social Activism 34
SOC 218 *Sociology of Gender4
WR 122English Composition4
Up to 3 credits of American Sign Language
Up to 3 credits of Foreign Language
Up to 3 credits of ESOL
Up to 3 credits of CG
Up to 3 credits of MSD
*

Could be used as General Education

Early Education and Family Studies Less Than One-Year Certificate

Minimum 39 credits. Students must meet all certificate requirements.

Early Education and Family Studies Certificate Courses

ECE 120Introduction to Early Education and Family Studies3
ECE 121Observation and Guidance I3
ECE 122Environments and Curriculum in Early Care and Ed I4
ECE 123Environments and Curriculum in Early Care and Ed II4
ECE 124Multicultural Practices: Exploring Our Views3
ECE 130A 2Practicum Seminar 12
ECE 130B 2Practicum Seminar 22
ECE 130C 2Practicum Seminar 32
ECE 133Practicum 13
or ECE 131A Practicum for Experienced Teachers 1
ECE 134Practicum 23
or ECE 131B Practicum for Experiences Teachers 2
ECE 135Practicum 33
or ECE 131C Practicum for Experienced Teachers 3
HE 112 1Standard First Aid and Emergency Care1
HE 262Children's Health, Nutrition & Safety3
HEC 201Family Partnerships in Education3
Total Credits39
1

Students with a valid CPR card may receive non-traditional credit.

2

Students must enroll in practicum seminar each term they take practicum.

Courses

ECE 120. Introduction to Early Education and Family Studies. 3 Credits.

Introduces the foundations of early childhood education and family studies. Covers the history, scope, current issues and trends, focusing on programs and services for children, birth-5. Includes an emphasis on development, developmentally appropriate practices and observation of young children and professionals. Requires 2-hours per week of observation/participation. Students must enroll in the Oregon Office of Child Care Central Background Registry (Criminal Background Check). Students must show evidence of current TB test and MMR vaccination. Audit available.

ECE 121. Observation and Guidance I. 3 Credits.

Focuses on age-appropriate guidance and observations techniques for individual children six week to six years. Topics include the ongoing dynamics of relationships, how values and belief systems impact guidance decisions, and the linkages between observation and guidance plans for individual children. Audit available.

ECE 122. Environments and Curriculum in Early Care and Ed I. 4 Credits.

An introduction to an overview of creating physical and social environments and curriculum for children six weeks to six years in home or center-based programs. Course covers theories and relationships between physical and social space, activities, experiences, and materials. Students are introduced to the use of developmentally and culturally appropriate practices in planning, selecting, and evaluating environments and curriculum for young children. Audit available.

ECE 123. Environments and Curriculum in Early Care and Ed II. 4 Credits.

This course explores the use of developmentally and culturally appropriate practices in creating physical and social environments and curriculum for children six weeks to six years in home or center-based programs. Theories of play and early care and education are employed to plan and implement environments and curriculum for children. Students plan, implement, and evaluate environments and curriculum for young children. Prerequisite: ECE 122. Audit available.

ECE 124. Multicultural Practices: Exploring Our Views. 3 Credits.

Develops awareness of how personal experiences, belief systems, and values impact work with children and families. Examines the impact of cultural, linguistic, and class identities and histories on inter-relationships in diverse populations. Applies techniques for incorporating other peoples histories, values and belief systems into child-and-family-centered practices. Audit available.

ECE 130A. Practicum Seminar 1. 2 Credits.

Reviews skills necessary for supporting the total development of children, ages 6 weeks to 6 years, focusing on the role of the teacher in implementing a developmental program of early childhood education in two interdependent components: seminar and practicum. Prerequisites: ECE 120, ECE 121. Corequisite: ECE 131A or ECE 133.

ECE 130B. Practicum Seminar 2. 2 Credits.

Reviews skills necessary for supporting the total development of children, ages 6 weeks to 6 years, focusing on the role of the teacher in implementing a developmental program of early childhood education in two interdependent components: seminar and practicum. Prerequisites: ECE 130A. Corequisite: ECE 131B or ECE 134.

ECE 130C. Practicum Seminar 3. 2 Credits.

Reviews skills necessary for supporting the total development of children, ages 6 weeks to 6 years, focusing on the role of the teacher in implementing a developmental program of early childhood education in two interdependent components: seminar and practicum. Prerequisites: ECE 130B. Corequisite: ECE 131C or ECE 135.

ECE 131A. Practicum for Experienced Teachers 1. 3 Credits.

Improves and strengthens beginning level skills for working with children ages birth-5 in a group setting at work sites. Includes the use of developmentally appropriate methods in recognizing and providing safe, responsive, and sanitary environments. Department permission required based on work experience and previous coursework. Prerequisites: ECE 120, ECE 121. Corequisite: ECE 130A.

ECE 131B. Practicum for Experienced Teachers 2. 3 Credits.

Improves and strengthens basic intermediate level skills for working with children ages birth-5 in a group setting at work sites. Includes the use of developmentally appropriate methods to support guidance and conflict resolution; schedule and routine planning; fundamental curriculum development; and environmental modification. Department permission required based on work experience and previous coursework. Prerequisites: ECE 131A, ECE 122. Corequisite: ECE 130B.

ECE 131C. Practicum for Experienced Teachers 3. 3 Credits.

Improves and strengthens advanced intermediate level skills for working with children ages birth-5 in a group setting at work sites. Includes the use of developmentally and culturally appropriate methods to support guidance and conflict resolution; development, implementation, and evaluation of environments and curriculum; and facilitation of classroom management. Department permission required based on work experience and previous coursework. Prerequisites: ECE 131B, ECE 123. Corequisite: ECE 130C.

ECE 132. Early Childhood Field Work. 2 Credits.

Students engage in intentional field work to gain practical experience, skill development, and professional direction in achieving their career goals, working under supervision in an approved worksite. Audit available.

ECE 133. Practicum 1. 3 Credits.

Covers developing beginning level skills for working with children ages birth - 5 in a group setting. Includes the use of developmentally appropriate methods in recognizing and providing safe, responsive, and sanitary environments; using beginning-level guidance strategies; and acclimating to the field of early education. Prerequisites: ECE 120, ECE 121, WR 90 (or equivalent placement score). Corequisites: ECE 130A. Audit available.

ECE 134. Practicum 2. 3 Credits.

Covers development of basic intermediate level skills to work with children ages birth - 5 in a group setting. Includes the use of developmentally appropriate methods to support guidance and conflict resolution; schedule and routine planning; fundamental curriculum development; and environmental modification. Prerequisites: ECE 133, ECE 122. Corequisite: ECE 130B. Recommended: HEC 262. Audit available.

ECE 135. Practicum 3. 3 Credits.

Covers the development of advanced intermediate level skills to work with children ages birth - 5 in a group setting. Includes the use of developmentally and culturally appropriate methods to support guidance and conflict resolution; development, implementation, and evaluation of environments and curriculum; and facilitation of classroom management. Prerequisites: ECE 134, ECE 123. Corequisites: ECE 130C. Recommended: HEC 201, ECE 124.

ECE 170. Coaching and Mentoring in Early Education and Family Studies. 1 Credit.

Explores the role of coaching and mentoring in facilitating the development of novice early education practitioners and in enhancing early childhood environments. Reviews models of coaching and mentoring. Audit available.

ECE 173. Children and Loss: The Effects of Death and Divorce. 1 Credit.

Examines strategies and resources for supporting children and families through difficult periods involving separation or the death of a loved one. Addresses the effects of loss on children and common developmental outcomes. Audit available.

ECE 174. Head Start Past and Present. 1 Credit.

Covers the history, current status, and future of Head Start (including migrant and tribal programs) at the local, regional, and national levels. Audit available.

ECE 175A. Infant/Toddler Caregiving: Learning and Development. 1 Credit.

Covers growth and development of infants and toddlers ages birth - 3, including physical, cognitive, and language development. Audit available.

ECE 175B. Infant/Toddler Caregiving: Group Care. 1 Credit.

Covers group care of infants and toddlers ages birth - 3. Includes routines, quality, staff relations, environments and welcoming children and families into care. Audit available.

ECE 175C. Infant/Toddler Caregiving: Social/Emotional Growth. 1 Credit.

Covers social-emotional growth and socialization of infants and toddlers ages birth - 3, including development, temperament, responsible care, guidance and discipline, and supporting the needs of infants and toddlers. Audit available.

ECE 175D. Infant/Toddler Caregiving: Family/Provider Relationships. 1 Credit.

Covers family/provider relationships with infants and toddlers ages birth - 3. Includes establishing partnerships with parents, listening and responding to families needs, supporting culturally diverse families, culturally sensitive care, conducting business and handling difficult issues. Audit available.

ECE 177. Tiny to Tall: Making Mixed Age Groupings Work. 1 Credit.

Covers working with mixed-age groups in early childhood settings, including children from infancy through elementary school age. Addresses the challenges and benefits of creating quality environments and programming for children of mixed ages. Audit available.

ECE 179. The Power of Portfolios in Early Education. 1 Credit.

Covers the development of portfolios for children in early care and education programs as a way to demonstrate children's skills. Addresses learning, development, culture, and creating meaningful portfolios with children and families. Audit available.

ECE 180. Early Childhood Professional English A. 3 Credits.

ECP English A, the first term of a three-term sequence, introduces the academic English used in the fields of early childhood development and education. This course is intended for non-native speakers of English who are working toward an AAS degree in Early Education and Family Studies. Audit available.

ECE 181. Early Childhood Professional English B. 3 Credits.

ECP English B, the second term of a three-term sequence, continues an introduction to the academic English used in the fields of early childhood development and education. This course is intended for non-native speakers of English who are working toward an AAS degree in Early Education and Family Studies. Audit available.

ECE 182. Early Childhood Professional English C. 3 Credits.

ECP English C, the third term of a three-term sequence, continues an introduction to the academic English used in the fields of early childhood development and education. This course is intended for non-native speakers of English who are working toward an AAS degree in Early Education and Family Studies. Audit available.

ECE 184. Children's Puppetry & Theater. 1 Credit.

Covers the benefits of puppetry and theater for young children, including creative expression, dramatic play, and development across domains. Addresses how to help children work through issues, conflicts and important transitions in their lives through puppetry. Audit available.

ECE 185. Planning Fun and Meaningful Field Trips for Young Children. 1 Credit.

Covers the positive benefits of field trips in early childhood programs, including field trip possibilities in the Portland area, developing field trip protocols, and problem-solving common field trip issues. Audit available.

ECE 186. Nature and Gardening with Young Children. 1 Credit.

Covers the many benefits of gardening and natural experiences for young children, including how to facilitate developmental opportunities across domains in an engaging and ever-changing context. Audit available.

ECE 187. Cooking with Kids. 1 Credit.

Covers creating and sharing cooking experiences with young children to maximize child participation and enhance developmental opportunities in language, literacy, math, science, cooperation and healthy eating habits. Audit available.

ECE 188. Block Play and Woodworking for Young Children. 1 Credit.

Covers the many benefits of block play and wood working experiences for young children, including how to facilitate children's development across domains in an engaging context. Audit available.

ECE 189. Building Relationships with Infants, Toddlers, and Families. 1 Credit.

Covers ways in which caregivers can facilitate, support, and sustain strong individualized relationships with infants, toddlers, and their families in early education settings. Audit available.

ECE 191. Interest-Based Planning for Infants. 1 Credit.

Covers the ways in which infants communicate their interests to adults. Addresses various methods of assessing infant interests as well as interest-based curriculum development in infant-care programs. Audit available.

ECE 193. Advocacy in the Field of Early Education and Family Studies. 1 Credit.

Covers the role of advocacy in the field of early education and family studies, including issues such as affordability, funding, quality care, compensation, and accessibility. Addresses effective advocacy techniques, including how to plan an advocacy project, and lobbying and legislative processes. Audit available.

ECE 194. Surviving and Thriving: Managing Stress in Early Education. 1 Credit.

Covers common sources of stress and burnout in early education and family studies. Addresses strategies for surviving, thriving, and self-care for early childhood practitioners. Audit available.

ECE 197. Career Exploration in Early Education and Family Studies. 1 Credit.

Covers the broad-based nature of Early Education and Family Studies. Includes boundaries of the field, career options and requirements, and opportunities for life-long learning and advancement. Audit available.

ECE 198. Building Effective Outdoor Environments. 1 Credit.

Covers outdoor environments for children of all ages and abilities. Addresses planning, implementing, and evaluating outdoor environments and activities. Audit available.

ECE 200. The Professional in Early Education and Family Studies. 3 Credits.

History, current programs and practices, and future issues of early childhood education. Includes professionalism, historic and current issues, types of programs for young children, parent interaction, job opportunities, ethical/legal issues and community resources. Develops a professional philosophy. Prerequisite: WR 115 Audit available.

ECE 221. Observation and Guidance II. 3 Credits.

Examines techniques for observing and recording behavior and keeping records as used in the care and education of infants through five-year-olds. Focuses on observation and guidance techniques for groups of children in addressing challenging behaviors and issues in early childhood environments. Covers the caregiver's role in using observation to promote development, including self-development. Prerequisites: WR 115 and ECE 121. Audit available.

ECE 224. Multicultural Practice: Curriculum & Implementation. 3 Credits.

Develops awareness of cultural and ethnic issues as they relate to the early childhood classroom teacher. Focuses on ethnocentrism, racism and discrimination. Includes techniques for developing multi-cultural, anti-bias curriculum. Prerequisite: ECE 124. Audit available.

ECE 234. Children with Special Needs in Early Childhood Education. 3 Credits.

Covers early intervention and early childhood special education including disability characteristics, environmental and curricular adaptation, instructional strategies, and legislative mandates. Explores inclusion of children with diverse and special needs in early care and education settings, including the role of families in early intervention services. Recommended: HEC 226 Child Development. Audit available.

ECE 235. Music and Movement in Early Childhood Education. 3 Credits.

Overview of the development of musical and motor skills in children from birth to age 6, learn and develop a variety of music and movement activities, techniques and materials appropriate for them. Audit available.

ECE 236. Language and Literacy in Early Childhood Education. 3 Credits.

Overview of language and literacy development in children from infancy to age 6. Design and use a variety of language and literacy development activities with young children. Audit available.

ECE 238. Administration of Early Childhood Programs. 3 Credits.

Studies various tasks and responsibilities of program administration. Topics include licensing, program planning, organization, financial management, parent and community relationships, and personnel management. Prior ECE course work and experience working with children in groups is highly recommended. Audit available.

ECE 241. Exploring the CDA. 1 Credit.

Covers the national Child Development Associate (CDA) credential for professionals in early childhood care and education. Addresses the process of applying, developing competencies, and completing requirements for the CDA. Audit available.

ECE 260A. Advanced Practicum Seminar 1. 3 Credits.

Refines skills necessary for supporting the total development of children, ages 6 weeks to 6 years, in a group setting and to integrate child development theory and practice in two interdependent components: seminar and field work experience. Department permission required. Prerequisites: Certificate level courses plus WR 121, HEC 226, ECE 221. Corequisite: ECE 264. Audit available.

ECE 260B. Advanced Practicum Seminar 2. 3 Credits.

Refines skills necessary for supporting the total development of children, ages 6 weeks to 6 years, in a group setting and to integrate child development theory and practice in two interdependent components: seminar and field work experience. Department permission required. Prerequisites: ECE 260A. Corequisites: ECE 265.

ECE 264. Practicum 4. 4 Credits.

Introduces advanced skills necessary to work with children birth - 5 in a community field placement setting. Includes developmental theory, developmentally and culturally appropriate practices, and individualized methods to support guidance and conflict resolution. Covers the evaluation of environments and curriculum, building family and community relationships, and professionalism. Department permission. Prerequisite: ECE 135, HEC 226, ECE 221, WR 121, HE 112. Corequisites: ECE 200, ECE 234, ECE 260A. Audit available.

ECE 265. Practicum 5. 4 Credits.

Covers advanced level skills to work with children birth - 5 in a community field placement setting. Includes developmental theory, developmentally and culturally appropriate practices, and individually responsive methods to support guidance and conflict resolution. Covers the development, implementation, and evaluation of environments and curriculum, classroom management, family and community relationships, professional frameworks and resources, and professionalism. Department permission. Prerequisite: ECE 264. Corequisite: ECE 260B. Recommended: ECE 224, ECE 236.