• Child Care Center Teacher Certificate Curriculum

  • Career Pathway Certificate of Completion

    Catalog Year 2018-2019

    This program provides initial training and education in child development, guidance, observation and practical experiences with young children. Completers are eligible to apply for Level 8 certification through the Oregon Registry.

    The coursework, as shown below, is included in the Child Development and Early Education one-year certificate program and the two-year Associate of Applied Science degree. Students may apply their credits to either of these programs and add to their skills.


    Students who complete this career pathway certificate will have met the educational requirements for the position of teacher in a licensed, private child care center. (Experience requirements also apply.)

    Program Outcomes

    At the completion of this program, students should be able to:

    • Promote learning environments designed to optimize children’s development in all domains
    • Develop positive relationships with families and community
    • Provide a rationale for effective observation, documentation and assessment of children’s development
    • Support Developmentally Appropriate Practices and all relevant guidelines
    • Use content knowledge and inquiry tools to analyze meaningful curriculum
    • Demonstrate an exemplary work ethic and uphold the standards of the profession
    First Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    ECE125 The Early Childhood Professional 3
    ECE136 Connecting with Children 3
    ECE140 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3
    ECE144 Early Childhood Observation Techniques 2
    ECE170 Health, Safety and Nutrition 3
    Second Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    ECE123 Early Childhood Speech and Language 3
    ECE147 Infant/Toddler Caregiving 3
    ECE161 Child Development: Ages and Stages 3
    Third Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    ECE145 Techniques of Positive Guidance 3
    ECE158 Play as Curriculum 3
    ECE166 Seminar – Beginning 1
    WE280CDC1 Cooperative Education Internship 3
    Total Credits: 32

    The Child Care Center Teacher program is not financial aid eligible. However, the related degree program, Child Development and Early Education is aid eligible.