Early Childhood Education

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For students whose career goal is to teach children from birth to pre-kindergarten age in childcare centers and in-home settings, Lane Community College offers a two year, Early Childhood Education Associate of Applied Science Degree as well as a one year, ECE Certificate.

To enroll in the ECE certificate or degree program, please contact Jean Bishop, ECE faculty and program coordinator, at bishopj@lanecc.edu or 541-463-5287

Extended educational opportunities include:

  • Class related to state-mandated training for individuals already working in the field;
  • Parenting skills classes;
  • General Interest Classes
  • Skill building outside of seeking a degree

ECE academic advisors:

Leslie Soriano-Cervantes
Program Counselor
(541) 463-5512

Deb Hupcey
Program Advisor
(541) 463-5635

For students interested in transferring to a 4 year college in addition to completing the ECE AAS degree, please contact Deb Hupcey or Leslie Soriano in Counseling and Advising for Direct Transfer and Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree information. Please note, these degrees require a minimum completion of Math 105 with a passing grade.

To request this information in an alternate format please contact the Center for Accessible Resources at (541) 463-5150 or accessibleresources@lanecc.edu(link sends e-mail).

One-Year Certificate of Completion

Early Childhood Education

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Standard Occupational Classification: 25-2011.00

For a profile of this occupation go to the U.S. Department of Labor's O*Net website: Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education

Or check on these O*Net Related Occupations: Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education

How many students completed the Early Childhood Education 1-year Certificate in 2013-14?

In academic year 2013-14, 88 students completed this certificate.

What was the on-time graduation rate for these students?

Of students who completed this certificate in the 2012-13 academic year, 55.7%completed on time.

NOTE: The federally required method for calculating this rate assumes students will enroll full-time, declare a major immediately, and enroll in it continuously until certificate completion. In reality, many community college students attend part-time, explore several majors, stop out for a term or more, change majors, or brush-up academic skills to be better prepared for college level courses, affecting this narrowly defined on-time graduation rate.

How many jobs are forecast in this occupation between 2010-20?

Lane County: 22;  Statewide: 281

What wages are forecast for this occupation?

Lane County hourly average - $13.32; annual average - $27,719
Oregon hourly average - $12.70; annual average - $26,426

How much will the program cost?

(Estimates based on 2013-14 data for full-time students. Students attending part-time will incur additional term fees. Consult Lane's website for updated tuition and fees.)

  • Resident tuition and student fees - $5,002
  • Differential fees - $0
  • Books, supplies, other program costs - $1,650
  • On-campus room and board - Not offered
  • Total estimate - $6,652

What's included?

Explanation of costs

What is the median loan debt incurred by students who completed the program in 2012?

Federal loans - 5,446
Private loans - Not available
Institutional financing - $15