The Certificate of Completion Childhood Education and Family Studies is a one-year certificate that prepares students for entry-level positions as child care workers, preschool attendants, preschool teacher assistants, and day care assistants. This certificate fulfills the requirements for the first year of the AAS in Childhood Education and Family Studies degree, click here to learn how.
Students are required to complete the College's placement process to determine skill level and readiness in math, reading and writing. As part of their training program, students must begin with the courses within their skill level as determined by the placement process.
All Childhood Education and Family Studies students are required to obtain a valid first aid and CPR card, a Food Handlers Card, and complete HDFS9284 Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting as components of ECE 170 Health & Safety in Early Childhood Education. Students will also be required to have a current immunization record and background check to complete practicum requirements. The requirements will vary per state. Students are encouraged to research the requirements for the state regulating organization regarding what will be required to complete the background check.
In Oregon, students must be listed on the Oregon Central Background Registry (CBR). To begin this process, visit the State of Oregon Early Learning Division to be prepared to complete practicum work in a certified early learning center, apply for a background check, and receive additional information regarding how to comply with fingerprinting requirements.
Gainful Employment Disclosure
Southwestern is required by federal regulations to disclose information related to the College's educational programs that lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation. This information is intended to provide students the opportunity to measure employment outcomes associated with certificate programs.
Gainful employment information for the Certificate of Completion Childhood Education and Family Studies can be found online.
Students must complete a minimum of 50 credit hours with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or better. All courses must be passed with a grade of ‘C’ or better. Practicum and student teaching courses require students to pass CLASS assessments to successfully complete the courses. One course must be completed at Southwestern for this certificate to be awarded.
Courses that are developmental in nature, designed to prepare students for college transfer courses, are not applicable to this degree.
Credit for Prior Learning
Credit for prior learning options are available for students with a Preschool Child Development Associate (CDA) credential, an Infant Toddler Child Development Associate (CDA) credential, a Step Seven on the Oregon Registry, or a Certificate of Completion for First Connections that includes mentoring in an infant toddler learning environment. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Students are required to take the following courses prior to the program courses, depending on students' college placement information. See advisor for details:
|CIS90||Computer Basics (or demonstrate proficiency)||2|
|WR90||Paragraph Fundamentals (or placement test score)||3-4|
|or WR90R||Academic Literacy|
|ECE150||Introduction and Observation ECE 1||3|
|ECE151||Guidance and Classroom Management 1||3|
|ED169||Overview of Student Special Needs||3|
|HDFS225||Prenatal Infant and Toddler Dev||3|
|MTH60||Algebra I 2||4|
|CIS120||Concepts of Computing||4|
|ECE154||Children's Language and Lit Dev||3|
|ECE209||Theory and Practicum I 3||3|
|ECE240||Lesson and Curriculum Planning||3|
|HDFS247||Preschool Child Development||3|
|ECE102||Theory and Practicum II 3||3|
|HDFS140||Contemporary American Families||3|
|HDFS229||Development in Middle Childhood||3|
|SP100||Basic Speech Communications 4||3|
or English Composition w/Honors
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program the student will have knowledge and skills in the following Standards developed by National Association for the Education of Young Children Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation (NAEYC ECADA) organization. Click here for a complete list of Standards.
- Standard 1 a, b, c
- Standard 2 a, b, c
- Standard 3 a, b, c, d
- Standard 4 a, b, c, d
- Standard 5 a
- Standard 6 a, b, c, d, e
- Standard 7 a, b