Investing in Children

Early Childhood Ed

The early years shape a life. Research in child development has demonstrated that during the years from birth through 6 years old, important growth occurs in all domains, including social, emotional, cognitive, linguistic and physical development. The early childhood educator – whether a teacher, family or child care provider – plays a critical role in fostering children’s development and investing in their future.

In OCCC’s Early Childhood Education program, we offer you the skills you need to succeed in the world of early childhood development, early childhood education centers, preschool programming, infant and toddler care, and family child care programs. Employment opportunities may include teaching assistant, child care aide, lead teacher, family child care provider and program director.

Note: ECE Program Pending approval by the Higher Education Coordinating Commission

Earn a certificate

Career Pathway Certificate: Early Childhood Education

To see what classes you’d need to take to earn these awards, consult our program brochure.

Prospective students should note that a completed not-for-credit credential (the CDA: Child Development Associate and the Oregon Registry Step 7) may apply to the Early Childhood Education program and the student’s transcript for program credit. Please speak with a program advisor for more details.

What’s Next?

Complete the steps for new students

Plan how you’ll pay for college

Read information packet and meet with an advisor