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Child Development and Early EducationChild Care Center Teacher Career Pathways Certificate
One-Year Certificate

Catalog Year 2015-2016

MHCC Faculty Advisers:
Ellen White:
503-491-6985
Room ECC106
Ellen.White@mhcc.edu

Successful completion of the curriculum for a one-year certificate allows a student to move into the second year of the Associate of Applied Science degree (AAS). (Students must complete with a “C” grade average.) A one-year certificate prepares a student to enter the field of early childhood education as a teacher or assistant teacher in childcare centers and private preschools, or as a nanny.

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 course at MHCC. See the program adviser for more information.
Please check the MHCC website for any curricular changes that have occurred since the catalog was published.

Program Outcomes
At the completion of this program, students 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
First Quarter (Fall)
Course Number
Course Title
Credits
ECE125 The Early Childhood Professional
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 Composition2
4
17
Second Quarter (Winter)
Course Number
Course Title
Credits
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
18
Third Quarter (Spring)
Course Number
Course Title
Credits
ECE145 Techniques of Positive Guidance
3
ECE158 Play as Curriculum
3
ECE166 Seminar – Beginning1
1
ECE171 Families and Diversity
3
WE280CDC1 Cooperative Education Internship1, 2
3
Health and Physical Education requirement‡
3
17
Total Credits 52

1Cooperative Education and Seminars must be taken concurrently.
2 Prior to beginning WE280CDC Cooperative Education, third quarter, students must be enrolled in the Oregon Central Background Registry.
3 A 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 requirements, page 22 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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