Childhood Education and Family Studies

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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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.

Your degree means so much more being from Southwestern Oregon Community College!  Interested in pursuing a career that will enhance the future, and support young children in meeting their potentials?

If you are - Childhood Education & Family Studies may be for you! reading time

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  • 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 Career Pathways Certificates are available for career exploration, and professional development.
  • 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.
  • Please take a look at the catalog links below for our program options and feel free to email or call for more information.



  • Dr. Maidie Rosengarden, Professor
  • email Dr. Rosengarden
  • Office: Family Center
  • phone: 541 888-1575

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