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Early childhood courses coming to Madras

The Early Childhood Education program at Central Oregon Community College is expanding offerings outside of Bend and Redmond.
   Due to community interest and support and the college's mission to offer courses applicable to technical and transfer degrees throughout the region, COCC will offer several classes in Madras, Prineville, and Redmond next year for students interested in pursuing careers working with young children and families.
   Assistant Professor Andrea Morgan will bring a full-time presence to the campuses outside of Bend. Morgan has been teaching classes on the Bend campus for five years -- a time during which the education programs at COCC have experienced tremendous growth.
   In reviewing student data for the Early Childhood Education program, the number of students traveling to Bend from areas including Madras, Prineville, Culver, and Redmond indicated a strong interest from these communities, and COCC is eager to support students interested in this field by offering courses closer to home.
   As part of the Early Childhood Education Program's mission to prepare students entering career paths serving children and families, classes introduce and explore curriculum that meets children's developmental needs and interests.
   For fall term, the four-credit foundation course, ED 140: Introduction to Early Childhood Education will be offered in Redmond (Friday afternoons, 12:30-3 p.m.) and Madras (Saturday mornings, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.). Classes will continue to be offered in Bend as well. For a full schedule of courses, visit www.cocc.edu.
   Early Childhood Education courses may apply toward multiple degree options, including the Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education, Associate Arts for Oregon Transfer.
   Many students in OSU's Human Development and Family Sciences programs apply Early Childhood Education courses as a foundation for future studies.
   COCC's Early Childhood Education classes apply toward Southern Oregon University's degrees in Early Childhood Education as well.
   Program Description
   At Central Oregon Community College, the Early Childhood Education program provides students with an interest in early childhood, including the early primary elementary years, with a foundation in the theoretical, social, historical, and legal aspects of early childhood programming.
   The associate degree programs in Early Childhood Education provide the foundational knowledge, field experiences, and common skills and strategies that prepare students for multiple roles within the field of early childhood education.
   While the program prepares students for direct work with young children in classroom and educational settings, many associate degree-seeking students have additional professional goals.
   Early childhood educator roles include infant/toddler, preschool/prekindergarten, or kindergarten to grade three classroom teacher, family child care provider, Head Start teacher, or paraprofessional in public schools; and home-family support roles such as family advocate, child protective services worker, or parent educator.
   Professional support roles such as early childhood administrator in a childcare or Head Start program, staff trainer, peer/program mentor, or advocate at the community, state, or national level are other options.