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Early Education and Family Studies

The Early Education and Family Studies (EEFS) department prepares you for State Certification in Early Childhood Education. Courses can be used to fulfill training and education requirements for family child care providers and child care teachers in Oregon.

Our program is designed to accommodate both part-time and full-time students.

EEFS courses are offered every other year.

EEFS Program Requirements

  • Receive a grade of "C" or better in every required early education class in order to receive a certificate or degree
  • Meet practicum competencies for the certificate and/or degree
  • Produce a portfolio of their classwork

Classes

Course Name Credits Description
ECE 120 Introduction to Early Education and Family Studies 3

Introductory level child development class integrating the normal growth an 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

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

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

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

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

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 133.

ECE 130B Practicum Seminar 2 2

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. Prerequisite: ECE 130A. Corequisite: ECE 134.

ECE 130C Practicum Seminar 3 2

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. Prerequisite: ECE 130B. Corequisite: ECE 135.

ECE 133 Practicum 1 3

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: ECE 130A. Audit available.

ECE 134 Practicum 2 3

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, ECE122. Corequisite: ECE 130B. Recommended: HE 262.

ECE 135 Practicum 3 3

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: ECE 124, HEC 201.

ECE 175A Infant/Toddler Caregiving: Learning & Development 1

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

ECE 175B Infant/Toddler Caregiving: Group Care 1

Covers group care including: routines, quality, staff relations, environments and welcoming children and families into care. Audit available.

ECE 175C Infant/Toddler Caregiving: Socia/-Emotional Growth 1

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

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 179 The Power of Portfolios in Early Education 1

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 185 Planning Fun and Meaningful Field Trips for Young Children 1

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, develop field trip protocols, and problem-solve common field trip issues. Audit available.

ECE 187 Cooking with Kids 1

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

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 200 The Professional in Early Education and Family Studies 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 260A Advanced Practicum Seminar 1 3

Refine 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. Prerequisite: Certificate level courses plus WR 121, HEC 226, ECE 221. Corequisite: ECE 264.

ECE 260B Advanced Practicum Seminar 2 3

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

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: ECE 260A, ECE 200, ECE 234. Audit available.

ECE 265 Practicum 5 4

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.

Faculty and Staff

Namesort icon Title Email Phone
Keri Byers Early Childhood Education Instructor kbyers@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6031
Rita Hendershot Rita Hendershot Early Childhood Education Instructor rhendershot@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6031
Ronda Hull Early Childhood Education Instructor rhull@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6031
Katie Kissinger Early Childhood Education Instructor kkissinger@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6034