The Child and Family Studies program (Early Childhood Education) at Linn-Benton prepares college students to teach young children in high quality child care programs. The CFS program emphasizes concepts of growth and development, supporting children’s dispositions in individualized and group learning experiences, loose parts, cultural sensitivity, self-awareness, team collaboration, constructive guidance, and respectful family partnerships.
College students must have current inoculations and complete the Central Registry Background check before working directly with children.
Degree & Certificate Options
The Child and Family Studies program (Early Childhood Education) offers the following degrees and certificates:
Child & Family Studies, Associate of Applied Science degree
Child & Family Studies, One-Year Certificate
Entrepreneurship & Small Business, Certificate
Childhood Care & Education, Certificate
Working with Families, Certificate
Child Care Director, Certificate
See the catalog for information regarding program requirements.
Student Documentation Requirements
Students need to submit documentation requirements by their second term in both the Associate of Applied Science Degree and the One-Year Certificate.
CFS graduates are strongly encouraged to apply for the Oregon Registry.
Oregon Registry On-line
Oregon Registry & Community Colleges
Upon graduation, Associate of Applied Science students (AAS degree) in Child & Family Studies will be eligible to apply for Step 9on the Oregon Registry.
Please contact Family Connections, Family Resource and Education center, for more information. (541) 917-4899.
Practicum/Internship (Associate of Applied Science Degree)
In the second year of the program, LBCC students participate in practicum/internship experiences. Under the supervision of a mentor teacher, college students apply the knowledge and skills they have learned while working directly with children. In addition to the LBCC lab school, college students are placed at community sites located in Corvallis, Albany and Lebanon.
Practicum students must have current innoculations, complete a Central Registry Background Check, obtain a valid Food Handler’s Permit, and complete the free Introduction to Child Care Health and Safety and Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect courses.
See Practicum Handbook for more information.
Cooperative Work Experience (CWE): Child Development
Students seeking additional experiences working with children are encouraged to enroll in CWE courses located in Corvallis and Albany. David Bird, CWE coordinator, maintains a list of approved sites. Students enrolled in the One-year Certificate Program can earn up to twelve CWE elective credits and students in the Associate of Applied Science Degree can earn up to fourteen CWE elective credits
Cooperative work experience students must have current innoculations, obtain a valid Food Handler’s Permit, and complete the free Introduction to Child Care Health and Safety and Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect courses.