Early Childhood Education


Mary Kramer
Dean of Career and Technical Education & Pre-College
mkramer@cgcc.edu, (541) 506-6033

Degrees and Certificates


The overview information refers to both the Early Childhood Education Fundamentals and Early Childhood Education Curriculum certificates and the Associate of Applied Science: Early Childhood Educaton degree unless otherwise noted.

The Early Childhood Education Fundamentals and the Early Childhood Education Curriculum certificates are both related to the Early Childhood Education Associate of Applied Science degree, and as such, all course work completed for the certificates may be applied to completion of the AAS degree. 

Program Requirements

Students entering the ECE Program must demonstrate through transcripted record or by appropriate NEXT GENERATION ACCUPLACER test scores the following academic abilities, or higher:

  • ECE Fundamentals certificate: placement into RD 115 and WR 115 

  • ECE Curriculum certificate: completion of RD 115 with a grade of "C" or higher and placement into WR 115

  • Early Childhood Education AAS degree: completion of RD 115 with a grade of "C" or higher, placement into WR 115, and placement into MTH 65 or MTH 98.

Students must earn a "C" or better in all the required ECE, HEC, and HE courses.

Criminal Background Check

All CGCC students in the Early Childhood Education Program must pass a criminal background check and be enrolled in the Central Background Registry before they are eligible to complete their practicum hours in an early care and education facility. 

If you believe that your criminal history may interfere with your ability to complete the program of study, you should contact the appropriate state board or program director.

Practicum Requirements

All practicum and seminar courses are graded as Pass ("P") or No Pass ("NP"). To earn a passing grade, students must demonstrate their ability to meet all practicum competencies. Students may retake classes up to three times in order to meet the grade requirement. 

To be considered for practicum, students must:

  • be enrolled in the Oregon Child Care Division, Central Background Registry
  • submit verification of measles immunization
  • submit verification TB Skin Test
  • hold a valid Food Handler's Certificate
  • hold current Infant/Child First Aid & CPR Card
  • complete Recognizing and Reporting Child Care and Abuse (RRCAN)
  • complete Introduction to Child Care Health and Safety (ICCHS)
  • complete Safe Sleep for Oregon's Infants (SS)
  • complete Prevention is Better Than Treatment (PBTT)

Costs associated with the required practicum documentation are the sole responsibility of the student.


Course Name Credits
ECE 101 Exploring the ECE Field 1
ECE 120 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3
ECE 121 Guidance & Classroom Management: Birth to Age 8 3
ECE 122 Environments & Curriculum: Birth to Age 8 4
ECE 124 Anti-Bias Practices 3
ECE 126 Early Childhood Development: Birth to Age 8 3
ECE 130A Practicum Orientation 2
ECE 130B Practicum Seminar 1 1
ECE 130C Practicum Seminar 2 1
ECE 134 Practicum 1 2
ECE 135 Practicum 2 2
ECE 177 Multi-age Groups 1
ECE 179 Child Portfolios in ECE 1
ECE 185 Field Trips in Early Childhood 1
ECE 187 Cooking Experiences for Young Children 1
ECE 188 Block Play and Woodworking for Young Children 1
ECE 200 Professionalism & Advocacy 3
ECE 221 Observation, Documentation & Assessment 3
ECE 222 Resilience & Wellness for Educators 3
ECE 223 Supporting Dual Language Learners: Birth to Age 8 3
ECE 232 S.T.E.A.M: Birth to Age 8 3
ECE 234 Inclusion of Children with Special Needs 3
ECE 235 Art, Music & Movement: Birth to Age 8 3
ECE 236 Language and Literacy in Early Childhood Education 3
ECE 237 Trauma-Informed Care and Education: Birth to Age 8 3
ECE 238 Administration of ECE Programs 3
HE 262 Children's Health, Nutrition & Safety 3
HEC 201 Family-Teacher Partnerships and Community Connections 3
HEC 226 Child Development 4
Namesort descending Title Email Phone
Julie Cucuel Faculty jcucuel@cgcc.edu
Ashley Mickels ECE Instructor amickels@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6000
Debra Shope Early Childhood Education & Family Studies Instructor dshope@cgcc.edu
Karen Stafford Faculty kstafford@cgcc.edu