Child and Family Studies

2017-18 Edition

Sylvania Campus
Social Sciences (SS), Room 201
971-722-4707

pcc.edu/programs/early-ed/

Career Program and Description

As a nationally accredited program, the Child and Family Studies (ECE) 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 ECE 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 Childhood Education

Less than One-Year: Career Pathway Certificate

Childcare Aide
Early Childhood Education

Admission Prerequisites

Academic Prerequisites

Other Prerequisites

  • An initial advising/information session with an Early Childhood Education Program faculty advisor. Info session schedule available at the Child and Family Studies Office.

Program Requirements

Academic Requirements

  • All ECE and HEC courses for a grade of "C" or "P" or better.
  • 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 133ECE 134, and ECE 135. 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 negative TB Skin Test within the last year;
    4. Possess a current Oregon Food Handlers Certificate.

Note: costs associated with required practicum documentation are the sole responsibility of the student.

Other Requirements

  • Criminal Background Check

    • All PCC students enrolled in a health care or child care program, including Early Childhood Education 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 Childhood Education program is planned as a career ladder to accommodate the part-time as well as the full-time student. An Early Childhood Education 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 ECE. 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 Childhood Education AAS Degree

Minimum 90 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 Childhood Education Degree Courses

ECE 120Introduction to Early Education and Family Studies3
ECE 121Observation and Guidance I3
ECE 122IEnvironments and Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers4
ECE 123PEnvironments and Curriculum for Preschool4
ECE 124Multicultural Practices: Exploring Our Views3
ECE 130A 2Practicum Seminar 12
ECE 130B 2Practicum Seminar 22
ECE 130C 2Practicum Seminar 32
ECE 133Practicum 1 in Early Childhood Education3
or ECE 131A Practicum for Experienced Teachers 1
ECE 134Practicum 2 in Early Childhood Education3
or ECE 131B Practicum for Experienced Teachers 2
ECE 135Practicum 3 in Early Childhood Education3
ECE 196Teaming and Communication in ECE Settings2
ECE 200The Professional in Early Education and Family Studies3
ECE 221Observation and Guidance II3
ECE 224Multicultural Practice: Curriculum & Implementation3
ECE 232Math and Science for Young Children3
ECE 234Children with Special Needs in Early Childhood Education3
ECE 236Language and Literacy in Early Childhood Education3
HE 112 1Standard First Aid and Emergency Care1
HE 262Children's Health, Nutrition & Safety3
HEC 201Family Partnerships in Education3
HEC 226 *Child Development4
WR 121English Composition4
ECE Electives11
Remaining General Education12
Total Credits90
*

 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 Childhood Education 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 171AInfant Toddler Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support1
ECE 171BPreschool Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support1
ECE 1731
ECE 1741
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 183Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs1
ECE 1841
ECE 185Planning Fun and Meaningful Field Trips for Young Children1
ECE 188Block Play and Woodworking for Young Children1
ECE 195Boys in Early Childhood Education1
ECE 1971
ECE 198Building Effective Outdoor Environments1
ECE 235Music and Movement in Early Childhood Education3
ECE 2383
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 140Introduction to Family Life Education3
HEC 157Parenting Skills1
HEC 212Parent-Child Relations3
HEC 94211
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

Less than One-Year: Career Pathway Certificate

Childcare Aide
Early Childhood Education

Childcare Aide Career Pathway Certificate

Minimum 22 credits. Students must meet all certificate requirements. The Childcare Aide Career Pathway Certificate is a Career Pathway. All courses are contained in the Early Education and Family Studies AAS Degree.

Childcare Aide Certificate Courses

ECE 120Introduction to Early Education and Family Studies3
ECE 121Observation and Guidance I3
ECE 122IEnvironments and Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers4
or ECE 123P Environments and Curriculum for Preschool
ECE 124Multicultural Practices: Exploring Our Views3
ECE 130APracticum Seminar 12
ECE 133Practicum 1 in Early Childhood Education3
HE 112Standard First Aid and Emergency Care1
HE 262Children's Health, Nutrition & Safety3
Total Credits22


Early Childhood Education Career Pathway Certificate

Minimum 36 credits. Students must meet all certificate requirements. The Early Education and Family Studies Certificate is a Career Pathway. All courses are contained in the Early Education and Family Studies AAS Degree.

Early Childhood Education Certificate Courses

ECE 120Introduction to Early Education and Family Studies3
ECE 121Observation and Guidance I3
ECE 122IEnvironments and Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers4
ECE 123PEnvironments and Curriculum for Preschool4
ECE 124Multicultural Practices: Exploring Our Views3
ECE 130A 2Practicum Seminar 12
ECE 130B 2Practicum Seminar 22
ECE 133Practicum 1 in Early Childhood Education3
or ECE 131A Practicum for Experienced Teachers 1
ECE 134Practicum 2 in Early Childhood Education3
or ECE 131B Practicum for Experienced Teachers 2
ECE 196Teaming and Communication in ECE Settings2
HE 112 1Standard First Aid and Emergency Care1
HE 262Children's Health, Nutrition & Safety3
HEC 201Family Partnerships in Education3
Total Credits36
1

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

2

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

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 122I. Environments and Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers. 4 Credits.

Covers theories of physical and social space, activities, experiences, and materials and the relationships between them for children ages six weeks-three years of age. Introduces the use of developmentally and culturally appropriate practices in planning, selecting, and evaluating environments and curriculum for infants and toddlers in home based and center based care. Reviews child development (social/emotional, cognitive, gross/fine motor, communication/language, self-help), relationship based care, routines, transitions and play with infants and toddlers. Includes planning and implementing environments and curriculum for infants and toddlers. Requires: Up to 10 hours of ECE site observations. Audit available.

ECE 123P. Environments and Curriculum for Preschool. 4 Credits.

Covers developing meaningful and challenging preschool curriculum and environments with a focus on the importance of play. Incorporates developmentally and culturally appropriate pedagogy and inclusion to plan learning experiences, physical and social environments, routines and transitions, and family involvement. Covers assessing and documenting children's learning. Requires: Ten hours of observations and field trips.

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, ECE 124. 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 122I or ECE 123P), ECE 201. Corequisite: ECE 130B.

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 in Early Childhood Education. 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, ECE 124, and (WR 90 or IRW 90 or equivalent placement). Corequisite: ECE 130A. Audit available.

ECE 134. Practicum 2 in Early Childhood Education. 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. Recommended: HEC 262. Prerequisites: ECE 133, ECE 130A, (ECE 122I or 123P), and ECE 201. Corequisite: ECE 130B. Audit available.

ECE 135. Practicum 3 in Early Childhood Education. 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 130B, and (ECE 122I or 123P). Corequisites: ECE 130C.

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 171A. Infant Toddler Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support. 1 Credit.

Explores Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support (PBIS) system for infants and toddlers. Covers the identification of behavioral practices, instructional strategies, and intervention strategies for individual infants and toddlers. Audit available.

ECE 171B. Preschool Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support. 1 Credit.

Explores Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support (PBIS) system for preschoolers. Covers the identification of behavioral practices, instructional strategies and intervention strategies for individual preschool age children. 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 183. Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs. 1 Credit.

Introduces seven life skills critical for young children’s success which are: focus and self-control, perspective taking, communicating, making connections, critical thinking, taking on challenges, self-directed engaged learning. 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 195. Boys in Early Childhood Education. 1 Credit.

Explores the educational and social experiences specific to boys in early childhood programs. Covers teacher's views on boys' behaviors and the effect on their learning. Includes developmentally and culturally appropriate approaches to engage boys in the early learning environment and curriculum. Audit available.

ECE 196. Teaming and Communication in ECE Settings. 2 Credits.

Introduces the identification and utilization of different strategies to strengthen teaming and communication specific to early education settings. Covers culture and communication, including communicating with colleagues, staff and parents in early education environments. 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 or IRW 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 or IRW 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 232. Math and Science for Young Children. 3 Credits.

Explores actively engaging infants through preschool age children in science and math concepts. Covers planning experiences that are meaningful, challenging, developmentally and culturally appropriate for indoor and outdoor classrooms. Connects everyday knowledge and skills to math and science. 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.

HEC 140. Introduction to Family Life Education. 3 Credits.

Introduces an overview of the field of Family Life Education (FLE). Covers theory, methods, and contexts of family life education, including family diversity, sexuality education, and parenting education. Audit available.

HEC 157. Parenting Skills. 1 Credit.

Examines current issues affecting the role of parents in today's society. Covers the stages of early childhood development, age appropriate learning expectations, guidance techniques, and parental influence on child development over time. Audit available.

HEC 201. Family Partnerships in Education. 3 Credits.

Introduces the study of family behavior, values, and attitudes. Covers the historical, cultural, and socioeconomic influences on family development, including ecological systems, demographic trends, diversity, contemporary issues and public policy. Audit available.

HEC 212. Parent-Child Relations. 3 Credits.

Introduces the social, developmental, and cultural nature of parenting. Covers parent-child relationships in social contexts, the work of parenting, and issues facing contemporary parents and children. Audit available.

HEC 226. Child Development. 4 Credits.

Basic theories, research and principles of physical, cognitive, language, social and emotional development of children from the prenatal period through adolescence. Includes observation and classroom processes. Prerequisite: (WR 115 and RD 115) or IRW 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement. Audit available. This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Social Sciences/AAS, Social Sciences/AGS, Social Sciences/AS.

HEC 280A. Cooperative Education: Early Education and Family Studies. 1-3 Credit.

Provides an opportunity for hands-on skill development in planned, supervised and regularly evaluated experiences in early education and family studies settings. Experiences and placement sites vary and are developed to meet individual goals. Department permission required. Audit available.