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Child Development and Early Education
Certificate Program

Catalog Year 2014-2015

MHCC Faculty Adviser:
Ellen White: 503-491-6985 - Room ECC106

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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 child care centers and private preschools or as a nanny.

Students with a non-credit credential such as the 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.

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)
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
MTH065 Beginning Algebra II (or higher) 2 4
WE280CDC1 Cooperative Education internship1,3 3
Total Credits 52

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

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

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