Program Overview

Educating happy, healthy children is a complex and rewarding task! NAEYC logoCould it be right for you? Our Childhood Education and Family Studies (AS) degree will prepare you to work with children and their families to address the needs of children with diverse abilities in an inclusive setting. You can focus your studies on either infant/toddler or pre-school aged children in your assigned teaching experiences. This degree meets all the requirements for an Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT) degree while giving you a strong foundation to meet employment requirements for most early childhood programs. All courses specific to childhood education and family studies are offered through our online portal and transfer courses meeting our curriculum are readily accepted into the program! We have an articulation program with Southern Oregon University's Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Development! Reach out to an advisor today for more information on this program, credit for prior learning, and to set up a meeting! 

By enrolling in Southwestern’s childhood education degrees, on-campus students will be able to practice in our on-site accredited laboratory school with highly qualified mentor-teachers. Check out our Family Center here!

Courses you will take

As part of this program, you’ll explore a wide range of subjects: See a complete course list

Other Program Information

Have you earned Step 7.5 on the Oregon Registry or completed a CDA? Your continuing education can be articulated for up to 12 credits!

Introductory courses for this program require a background check from the Oregon Early Learning Division or from your home state. Click here for information on how to acquire a Central Background Registry from the Oregon Early Learning Division.

Want to talk to a person? Email [email protected].

Accreditation Information

The Associate of Science in Childhood Education and Family Studies at SWOCC is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), 1313 L Street, NW, #500, Washington, DC 20005. (202) 232-8777. More information can be found here or on NAEYC's website at: https://www.naeyc.org/

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