Welcome to Childhood Education and Family Studies!

Interested in pursuing a career that will enhance the future, and support young children in meeting their potentials?  Here are some examples of careers in the Childhood Education and Family Studies Field.

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  • AAS (Associate of Applied Science Degree)
  • AS (Associate of Science Degree)
  • AS - Elementary Education (Associate of Science Degree)
  • Childhood Education and Family Studies Career Pathway Certificates
  • Infant Toddler Career Pathway Certificate
  • Parenting Educator and Early Childhood Home Visitor Certificate



Nationally Accredited Programs

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Southwestern is home to one of only two NAEYC (National Association for the Education  of Young Children) accredited degree programs  in Oregon!  We were the first NAEYC accredited program in Oregon, California and Washington.

The AS and AAS Childhood Education & Family Studies degrees at Southwestern Oregon Community College are accredited by the Commission on Early Childhood Higher Education Programs of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, 1313 L Street NW, Suite 500, Washington DC, 20005.  (800) 424-2460 ext. 8007. 

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Your degree means so much more being from Southwestern Oregon Community College!  



Multiple Options: Online or Face-to-Face

Most courses are available either face to face or online.  Our courses are designed to be engaging, interactive, and prepare you for what you will need to know to work with children.  Our advising and support team offers guidance on navigating the programs and supporting your learning journey. We know going to school and juggling life can be hard - we will be there to support you. 

Other Great Things to Know:

  • Our Childhood Education & Family Studies program is a great place to begin to meet your goals of becoming preschool, elementary, or secondary teacher in any public and/or private educational setting.
  • Our Associate in Applied Science in Early Childhood & Family Studies degree option is articulated with Southern Oregon University’s bachelor in Early Childhood Development degree.
  • The Childhood Education & Family Studies (CEFS) certificates and degrees can be completed right here on the South Coast of Oregon through Distance Education!
  • The Associate of Science degree in Elementary Education is articulated with Southern Oregon University's bachelor in Elementary Education, which can lead to earning an Oregon teaching license.  The AS in Elementary Education also prepares you to enter any Oregon University elementary teacher education program. -> Learn more about K-12 teaching in Oregon.

Please take a look at the catalog links below for our program options and feel free to email ece@socc.edu or call 541.888.1575 for more information.

 Not sure if working with children is right for you? Explore possible careers through the Southwestern Oregon Career Center.







Dr. Maidie Rosengarden, Professor           Dr. Tammy Marino, Part-time Faculty

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Office: Family Center                                   online

phone: 541 888-1575

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