Early Education and Family Studies

2014-15 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).

Exit requirements for the early childhood certificate and the AAS degree in Early Education and Family Studies are as follows: Students must receive a C or better in every required early education class in order to receive a certificate or degree. Students must meet practicum competencies 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 of 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 Oregon Child Care Division, Central Background Registry; 2) submit verification of measles immunization; 3) submit verification of TB Skin Test; and 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 Oregon Child Care Division. 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 and competencies mastered 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 65 competency. Students should consult with program advisors for course planning.

Early Education and Family Studies Degree Credit Summary

ECE61
HE4
HEC7
WR4
ECE Degree Electives4
Remaining General Education12
Total Credits92

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
ECE 134Practicum 23
ECE 135Practicum 33
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 226Child Development4
WR 121English Composition4
ECE Electives4
Remaining General Education12
Total Credits92

Early Education and Family Studies Degree Electives

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 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 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 102Displays & Graphics for Educators3
ED 112Introduction to Children's Literature3
ED 115Storytelling2
ED 131Applied Learning Theory3
ED 136Learning with Technology3
ECE 188Block Play and Woodworking for Young Children1
ED 260Multicultural Literature for Children and Young Adults3
ED 268Introduction to Developmental Disabilities3
ED 269Introduction to Teaching the Learning Disabled Student3
HEC 157Parenting Skills1
HEC 9421Living and Learning with Your Toddler1
ESR 171Environmental Science: Biological Perspectives *4
ESR 172Environmental Science: Chemical Perspectives *4
MTH 211Foundations of Elementary Math I *4
PSY 222Family & Intimate Relationships *4
PSY 240Personal Awareness and Growth *4
SOC 213Diversity in the United States *4
SOC 214AIllumination Project: Tools for Creative Social Activism 1 *4
SOC 214BIllumination Project: Tools for Creative Social Activism 2 *4
SOC 214CIllumination Project: Tools for Creative Social Activism 3 *4
SOC 218Sociology of Gender *4
WR 122English Composition4
Up to 3 credits of American Sign Language
Up to 3 credits of Foreign Language
Up to 3 credits of ESOL
*

Could be used as General Education


Early Education and Family Studies Less Than One-Year Certificate

Minimum 39 credits. Students must meet certificate requirements.

Early Education and Family Studies Certificate Credit Summary

ECE32
HEC4
HE3
Total Credits39

Early Education and Family Studies Certificate Core 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 1 22
ECE 130BPracticum Seminar 2 22
ECE 130CPracticum Seminar 3 22
ECE 133Practicum 13
ECE 134Practicum 23
ECE 135Practicum 33
HE 112Standard First Aid and Emergency Care 11
HE 262Children's Health, Nutrition & Safety3
HEC 201Family Partnerships in Education3
Total Credits39

A minimum of five and a maximum of 10 practicum lab credits are required to meet Practicum I and Practicum II competency levels. Credits required depend on individual student competence as evaluated by ECE instructors.

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.

Introductory level child development class integrating the normal growth and developmental patterns of children from conception through age 10 with developmentally appropriate practices. Linkages between development and practice in a variety of settings are covered with particular emphasis on parent (family) - teacher (caregiver) partnerships. 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 Experiences 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. 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: ECE130. 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: HEC262. 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.

This course explores the role of coaching and mentoring in facilitating the development of novice early education practitioners and in enhancing early childhood environments. Models of coaching and mentoring will be reviewed and issues discussed. Audit available.

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

Divorce and death in families can have a profound effect on young children. Development can be impacted across domains. This course examines the effects of loss on children and common developmental outcomes. Strategies and resources for supporting children and families through difficult periods involving separation or the death of a loved one are explored. Audit available.

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

Head Start (including Migrant and Tribal Head Start) has served and empowered families and children from low- income environments for over 30 years. Today, Head Start is one of the largest child care-related employers in the country. This course examines the history, current status, and future of Head Start. An ideal course for students interested in future employment with the agency. Audit available.

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

Covers growth and development: physical, cognitive, and language; ages of infancy and facilitating learning. Audit available.

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

Covers group care including: 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 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 including: 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.

Mixed-age early childhood settings can include children from infancy through elementary school age. This course explores the benefits and addresses the challenges of creating quality environments and programming for children of mixed ages. Audit available.

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

Portfolios for children in early care and education programs are a powerful way to demonstrate children's skills, learning, development, and culture. Creating meaningful portfolios with children and families includes an observation plan, an organization system, and accessible technology (digital photography, scanners, etc.). 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.

Puppetry and theater can be a powerful tool in early childhood environments. Puppetry and theater capitalizes on children's creativity and imagination. It fosters development across domains and is particularly effective in helping children work through issues, conflicts and important transitions in their lives. This course explores the many benefits of puppetry and theater for young children. Audit available.

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

Field trips are worth the hassle! Field trips build on child interests and contribute to children's developing knowledge of the world. This course explores the positive benefits of field trips in early childhood programs. Students will explore field trip possibilities in the Portland area, develop field trip protocols, and problem-solve common field trip issues. Audit available.

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

Children are inherently engaged by nature and gardening experiences. Bringing gardening and experiences in nature to your work with children will help you facilitate children's development across domains in an engaging and ever-changing context. This course explores the many benefits of gardening and natural experiences for young children. Audit available.

ECE 187. Cooking with Kids. 1 Credit.

Cooking with kids can do it all! Cooking can help young children learn language and literacy, math, science, cooperation, and healthy eating habits. Learn to create and share cooking experiences with young children in a way that maximizes child participation and developmental opportunities and minimizes the potential for chaos. Audit available.

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

When children are exposed to well-planned block play and wood working experiences they create, they build, they construct, and they stay engaged. Bringing block play and wood working to your program will help you facilitate children's development across domains in an engaging context. This course explores the many benefits of block play and wood working experiences for young children. Audit available.

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

Strong relationships are vital to healthy development for infants and toddlers. The role of infant and toddler caregivers is to facilitate, support, and sustain individualized relationships with the families and children in their programs. This course will explore ways in which caregivers can facilitate and sustain these extremely important relationships. Audit available.

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

Interest-based planning is a key aspect of quality curriculum development in early childhood. Identifying infant interests requires perceptive and responsive adult attention and creative effort. This course will explore the ways in which infants communicate their interests to adults, methods of assessing infant interests, and interest-based curriculum development in infant-care programs. Audit available.

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

Issues in early education and family studies (affordability, funding, quality, compensation, accessibility, and so forth) provoke impassioned responses and a desire to effect change. This course explores the role of advocacy in the field of early education and family studies. In contributing to real-life (self-selected) advocacy efforts students will learn effective advocacy techniques, plan an advocacy project, and review lobbying and legislative processes. Audit available.

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

This course examines common sources of stress and burnout in early education and family studies. Strategies for surviving, thriving, and caring for the self are explored. Audit available.

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

Early Education and Family Studies is a broad field encompassing many forms of services for children and families. This course is designed for students who are considering a career in the field. In conjunction with service learning placements in the Portland area, students will explore the 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.

Outdoor spaces are an integral part of quality early childhood environments. Outdoor experiences foster children's exploration and positive self-esteem as well as large and small motor development. This course will examine outdoor environments for children of all ages and abilities. Students will plan, implement, and evaluate 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.

Become acquainted with areas of special needs in children from birth through six years of age. Emphasis is on inclusion of children in early childhood settings. Explore services available to children and their families. Child development helpful. 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.

Introduces the national Child Development Associate (CDA) credential for professionals in early childhood care and education. Includes a description of 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: ECE260, ECE 200, ECE 234. 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.