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Child Development and Early Education
Associate of Applied Science Degree Program

Catalog Year 2014-2015

MHCC Faculty Advisers:
Ellen White: 503-491-6985 - Room ECC 106

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The Child Development and Early Education program prepares students to work with young children and their families in a variety of settings and sets the stage for those who wish to pursue higher levels of training and education. It is a broad-based foundation of theory and practice intended to support both those who have a definite career goal and those who are seeking information about potential options. Many of the courses are also well-suited for parents and paraprofessional support staff.

As an open entry program, we welcome students of diverse backgrounds and ages. However, all students must demonstrate the necessary emotional stability and maturity, the cognitive skills and abilities and the physical stamina and responsiveness needed by professionals in this field. Students with challenges in any area should consult the program adviser for individual planning.

With or without accommodation, students must fulfill all program competencies and expectations, including those of our practicum courses in classroom with young children. The number of practicum (co-op) placement sites is limited and students may only enroll in these courses with program faculty permission.

Graduates are prepared to be employed in a variety of capacities such as working with children in childcare, preschool or primary grades and supporting parents and family members at home and in formal settings.

Coursework and practicum experiences emphasize the understanding and application of typical child growth and development theories, guidance skills, supporting high quality interactions and activities for young children, and fostering positive growth and development in all young children.

Program Outcomes

At the completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Promote learning environments designed to optimize children’s development in all domains
  • Develop positive relationships with families and community
  • Provide a rationale for effective observation, documentation and assessment of children’s development
  • Support Developmentally Appropriate Practices and all relevant guidelines
  • Use content knowledge and inquiry tools to analyze meaningful curriculum
  • Demonstrate an exemplary work ethic and uphold the standards of the profession

Child Development and Early Education options include certificate and AAS programs. Consult the program adviser regarding your individual needs.

Please check the MHCC website for any curricular changes that have occurred since the catalog was published.

Students with a non-credit credential (such as the Child Development Associate (CDA) or Step 7 on the Oregon Registry) may apply for up to 12 transcripted credits after successful completion of at least one ECE prefix course at MHCC. See the program adviser for more information.

First Quarter (Fall)
ECE128 Preschool Materials and Environments 3
ECE136 Connecting with Children 2
ECE140 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3
ECE144 Early Childhood Observation Techniques 2
ECE170 Health, Safety, and Nutrition 3
WR121 English Composition 4
Second Quarter (Winter)
ECE123 Early Childhood Speech and Language 3
ECE135 Math Concepts in Early Childhood 3
ECE147 Infant/Toddler Caregiving 3
ECE161 Child Development: Ages and Stages 3
ECE173 Exploring Art 3
  Human Relations requirement‡ 3
Third Quarter (Spring)
ECE145 Techniques of Positive Guidance 3
ECE158 Play as Curriculum 3
ECE166 Seminar - Beginning1   1
ECE171 Families and Diversity 3
WE280CDC Cooperative Education internship1,2 3
  Health and Physical Education requirement‡ 3
Fourth Quarter (Fall)
ECE236 Curriculum: Social Emotional 3
ECE248 Special Needs and Inclusion 2
ECE261 Child Development Principles 3
ECE272 Interpersonal Skills 4
ECE273 Art Education in Preschool 3
Fifth Quarter (Winter)
ECE244 Observation for Assessment 2
ECE245 Guidance Challenges 3
ECE258 Developmentally Appropriate Practices 3
ECE286 Seminar - Advanced1 1
WE280CDC Cooperative Education Internship1 3
MTH065 Beginning Algebra II (or higher)3 4
Sixth Quarter (Spring)
ECE235 Teaching Preschool Math 3
ECE243 Emerging Literacy 3
ECE246 Home/School Relations 2
ECE260 Values and Issues in Early Childhood Education 3
ECE281 Child Development: Theory to Practice 3
Total Credits 96

1Cooperative Education and Seminars must be taken concurrently.
2Prior to beginning WE280CDC Cooperative Education, third quarter, students must be enrolled in the Oregon Central Background Registry.
3A College Placement Test (CPT) score does not fulfill this requirement. Students must successfully complete the required mathematics course (or higher.)

‡See Associate of Applied Science degree, pages 20 of the printed catalog.

Students must successfully complete first year classes/certificate coursework prior to admission to second year classes. Program advisers will determine individual eligibility.


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