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Program Overview

Help children take their first steps into formal education! NAEYC logoOur Preschool Child Development (AAS) degree will prepare you to apply your skills in a variety of education and childcare settings! You’ll gain classroom experience through student teaching opportunities in preschools, public and private schools, Head Start programs, relief nurseries, and family home settings. Want to take courses at your own pace? The practicum portion of this degree is offered through our online portal and transfer courses meeting our curriculum are readily accepted into the program! Upon graduation, you’ll be accredited in the National Association for the Education of Young Children! Considering transfer? We have an articulation program with Southern Oregon University's Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Development! Speak with an adviser today to learn all the ways a degree in Preschool Child Development could be the best fit for you!

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 Applied Science in Preschool Child Development 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:

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