Early Childhood Education and Family Studies AAS

Education, Human Services and Criminal Justice Department | A.A.S. Associate of Applied Science Degree | 2 years

Clackamas Community College’s Early Childhood Education and Family Studies program offers the skills you need to succeed in a career in childhood education.

Early childhood education is a rewarding field that is vital in shaping the social, emotional, cognitive, linguistic and physical development of children. At Clackamas Community College, choose the two-year Associate of Applied Science degree and get the skills you need to succeed in a career working with children.

Starting at Clackamas Community College is an affordable first-step in transferring to a four-year university. Our early childhood education programs provide one-on-one advising and faculty support, as well as site placement assistance where you'll get real world training in the field. In fact, many of our students go on to full-time employment at their work experience sites after graduation.

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Program Accreditation

Early Childhood Higher Eduation Program - NAEYC Accredited

The Early Childhood Education and Family Studies AAS program at Clackamas Community College is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, www.naeyc.org.

The accreditation term runs from Aug. 2019 through July 2026.

Early Childhood Education and Family Studies AAS

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Early Childhood Education & Family Studies Core Requirements

Complete 3 credits of ECE-280
  • ECE-280
  • Early Childhood Education/CWE
  • 3
Complete the following Core Requirements
  • ECE-121
  • Observation and Guidance I in ECE Settings
  • 4
  • ECE-150
  • Introduction to Early Childhood Education & Family Studies
  • 4
  • ECE-154
  • Language & Literacy Development in Young Children
  • 4
  • ECE-179
  • The Professional in Early Childhood Education and Family Studies
  • 4
  • ECE-221
  • Observation & Guidance II in ECE Settings
  • 4
  • ECE-235
  • Safety, Health and Nutrition
  • 3
  • ECE-239
  • Trauma-Informed Practices in Early Care and Education
  • 3
  • ECE-240
  • Environments and Curriculum Planning
  • 4
  • ECE-241
  • Environments and Curriculum Planning: Infants and Toddlers
  • 3
  • ECE-291
  • Practicum II
  • 4
  • ECE-292
  • Practicum III
  • 4
  • ED-114
  • Instructional Strategies for Math
  • 3
  • ED-169
  • Overview of Students With Special Needs
  • 3
  • ED-216
  • Foundations of Teaching & Education
  • 4
  • ED-246
  • School, Family & Community Relations
  • 4
  • ED-254
  • Instructional Strategies for Dual Language Learners
  • 3
  • FYE-101
  • First Year Experience Level I
  • 2
  • HDF-140
  • Contemporary American Families
  • 3
  • HDF-225
  • Prenatal, Infant & Toddler Development
  • 3
  • HDF-247
  • Preschool Through Adolescent Child Development
  • 3

Computation Related Instruction

Complete MTH-050 or MTH-065 or MTH-098
  • MTH-050
  • Technical Mathematics I
  • 4
  • MTH-065
  • Algebra II
  • 4
  • MTH-098
  • College Math Foundations
  • 4

Communication Related Instruction

Complete WR-121Z
  • WR-121Z
  • Composition I
  • 4

Human Relations Related Instruction

Complete ED-258
  • ED-258
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching & Education
  • 3

PE/Health/Safety Related Instruction

Complete HPE-295
  • HPE-295
  • Health & Fitness for Life
  • 3

Program Electives

Complete 4 credits of Early Childhood Education & Family Studies Program Electives. See catalog for a complete list of Early Childhood Education & Family Studies Program electives.


All courses must be passed with a C or better
Total Credits Required: 90

Featured Student

Dylan Levrets

“What I love most about CCC’s Head Start program is how much every single teacher puts heart and soul into loving the children and caring about their learning outcomes.

"These are incredibly amazing and dedicated teachers who guide each and every child in learning life skills and developing emotionally and socially, helping them to become kindergarten ready.”