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The Education degree is offered to those seeking employment in educational occupations. The Educational Services Program specifically prepares students to enter the fields of early childhood education, as a preschool teacher, child care provider, or education, as a paraeducator.

For both certificate and AAS programs, students are provided with a well-rounded and diverse education that consists of collegiate- level general education coursework and a core of technical courses in the fields of child development and education. All students gain practical experience by completing cooperative work experience and supervised practicum in local schools, child care centers, and agencies that serve children and families. To earn the AAS degree, students must satisfactorily complete all the requirements of the degree including a minimum of 90 credits, 40 of which are in the General Education Component. The General Education requirement allows the flexibility to continue professional development later, by applying the basic skills gained to more in-depth study.

One-year certificates are offered in emphasis areas of Paraeducator and Early Childhood Educator. These programs may serve as a fast track leading to entry-level employment or a ladder to the AAS in Education.

Core outcomes of the Early Childhood Education and Education programs include: Promote child development and learning; develop appropriate curriculum, programs, and environments that respect diversity; establish family and community relationships and develop an understanding of and sensitivity to differences; exhibit professional skills; observe, report, and assess children’s learning; accommodate and advocate for diverse learners; integrate education technology into the classroom.

Successful pursuit of this degree requires students to possess collegiate skills in reading, communication, computation,and critical thinking. To acquire that competency, it is highly recommended that students complete pre-collegiate courses to gain these skills in the first terms of their program.

Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education (ECE) program is a career ladder that accommodates the needs of both part-time and fulltime students. The Certificate Program meets the minimum requirements for teachers in an Oregon licensed child care facility. Required courses for the certificate program are applicable to the AAS program.


The Education program is designed to allow students to pursue a career as an educational assistant in regular or special education classrooms. Students who complete the AAS degree will be prepared to meet future training requirements for Paraeducators under Title I. This program also provides the opportunity to explore careers in teaching or special education

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