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Early Childhood Education and Family Studies

The Early Childhood Education and Family Studies (ECE&FS) 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.

ECE&FS 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

Introduces practitioners to the major tenets of the Early Childhood Education and Family Studies profession with emphasis on: child growth and development; various roles of professionals in the field; bidirectional relationships between child/family; and community, environmental, and cultural influences on child development. Introduces theory and research supporting alignment with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)standards for professional development.Audit available.

ECE 121 Observation and Guidance I 3

Focuses on age-appropriate guidance and observations techniques for individual children six week to age 10 years. Consciously observing children and applying developmentally appropriate principles of guidance based on child development theory and research helping early childhood professionals shift their focus from correcting or controlling behavior to providing satisfying, joyful experiences and relationships that build a child’s inner resources, providing a kind of immunity from the ill effects of life’s challenges. Audit available.

ECE 122 Environments and Curriculum in Early Childhood Ed I 4

Explores the creation ofphysical and social environments and curriculum for children six weeks through age ten. Covers theories and relationships between physical and social space, activities, experiences, and materials. Introduces 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 Childhood Ed II 4

Demonstrates the knowledge of child development and learning, as well as content knowledge, both in terms of academic disciplines and interdisciplinary integration. Explores the use of developmentally and culturally appropriate practices in creating physical and social environments and curriculum for children six weeks to ten years. Employs theories of play and early care and education to plan and implement curriculum and environments for children. Includes students planning, implementation, and evaluation of 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

Develops 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. Introduces the required Practicum (student teaching) component of the program. Develops skills in working with children in a group setting using developmentally appropriate methods. Prerequisites: WR 90 or equivalent placement test score,ECE 120, ECE 121. Corequisites: ECE 130A.

ECE 134 Practicum 2 3

Develops 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.  Continues the required Practicum (student teaching) component of the program. Develops skills in working with children in a group setting using developmentally appropriate methods. Prerequisites: ECE 133, ECE122. Corequisite: ECE 130B. Recommended: HE 262.

ECE 135 Practicum 3 3

Develops advanced intermediate level skills for working 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. Continues the required Practicum (student teaching) component of the program. Develops skills in working with children in a group setting using developmentally appropriate methods. Prerequisites: ECE 134, ECE 123. Corequisites: ECE 130C. Recommended: HEC 201, ECE 124.

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: Social-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 177 Multi-age Groups 1

Explores the benefits and addresses the challenges of creating quality environments and programming for children of mixed ages. Multi-age early childhood settings can include children from infancy through elementary school age. Audit available.

ECE 179 Child Portfolios in ECE 1

Introduces a holistic method for assessing and recording children’s developmental growth over time, creating authentic meaningful child portfolios. Develops intentional teaching techniques in natural settings incorporating daily routines, activities and play in authentic data collection and storage methods. Utilizes digital technology, observation techniques, and child initiated self-regulated data collection. Audit available.

ECE 185 Field Trips in Early Childhood 1

Explores the developmental and programmatic benefits of field trips in early childhood programs. Demonstrates how field trips can buildon child interests and contribute to children's developing knowledge of the world. Explores field trip possibilities, develops field trip protocols, and problem-solves common field trip issues. Audit available.

ECE 187 Cooking Experiences for Young Children 1

Explorescooking with young children to help them learn language and literacy, math, science, cooperation, and healthy eating habits. Introduces ways 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

Explores the many benefits, barriers and role of block play and wood working experiences for young children. Emphasis on design, implementation, evaluation and solutions to possible barriers and issues for children of varying ages (2 years to school age) and abilities. Audit available.

ECE 200 The Professional in ECE and Family Studies 3

Surveys the history, current practices, and future issues of early childhood education. Reviews professionalism, parent interaction, job opportunities, ethical/legal issues, and community resources. Develops a professional philosophy. Prerequisites: 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 children and groups of children in addressing challenging behaviors and issues in early childhood environments, families and their community.  Covers the teacher’s role and 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 Introduction to Children with Special Needs in ECE & FS 3

Explores areas of special needs in children from birth through eight years of age. Identifies and understandsthe knowledge of inclusion of children in early childhood settings. Explores services available to children with special needs and their families. Introduces students to child development issues as it relates to special needs children. Audit available.

ECE 235 Music & Movement for the Young Child 3

Focuses on the purposes of incorporating music and movement into the early childhood curriculum. Examines the development of musical and movement skills in children from birth to age 8, and introduces the concepts of age and developmental appropriateness when designing fun movement/music activities. Develops a variety of music and movement activities, techniques and materials appropriate for early childhood education. Includes active participation with hands-on experience as well as the development of practical activities, techniques and materials appropriate for use with young children. Audit available.

ECE 236 Language and Literacy in Early Childhood Education 3

Provides an overview of language and literacy development in children from infancy to age 8. Explores the design and use a variety of language and literacy development activities with young children. Audit available.

ECE 238 Administration of ECE & FS Programs 3

Studies various tasks and responsibilities of program administration. Includes licensing, program planning, organization, financial management, parent and community relationships, and personnel management. Recommended: MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores; prior ECE course work and experience working with children in groups. 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. Prerequisites: ECE 135, HEC 226, ECE 221, WR 121, HE 112. Corequisites: ECE 260A, ECE 200, ECE 234. 

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. Prerequisites: ECE 264. Corequisites: ECE 260B. Recommended: ECE 224, ECE 236.

HEC 201 Family Partnerships in Education 3

Identifies the influences on children and their families which impact child and family behaviors, values, attitudes, beliefs, and morals. Includes: parenting patterns; cultural, religious and socioeconomic influences; peer, school, media impacts; family development; community ecology; special needs children; prejudice; and public policy. Audit available.

HEC 226 Child Development 4

Evaluates 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. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Faculty and Staff

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