Child and Family Studies

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Child and Family Studies Associate of Applied Science

This two-year degree will prepare you to become a teacher of young children in early education programs (preschool and infant/toddler), family child care homes, or parent cooperatives.

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Child and Family Studies One-year Certificate

This one-year certificate will assist you in becoming a teacher's assistant in a preschool or infant/toddler program, family child care home owner or assistant, or after-school program assistant.

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Child and Family Studies: Entrepreneurship and Small Business Associate of Applied Science

This two-year degree will prepare you to own your own family child care business or direct an early education program.

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  • Why Go into Child and Family Studies
  • Careers
  • About the Program
  • Practicum
  • Cooperative Work Experience (CWE)
  • Why Should You Go into Child and Family Studies?

    The early childhood years are the most important years in a person's life for the development of physical health, mental health, interpersonal relationships, brain development, cultural identity and language development. Research shows that healthy relationships in the early years are the foundation for school readiness and successful peer relationships into adulthood. If you love children and want a meaningful career, knowing you will make a difference in children's lives, this is the program for you. You will experience interactive classes, innovative approaches to Early Childhood Education, and hands-on opportunities to increase your knowledge and skills in working with children ages birth to six year of age.

    Innovative Early Childhood Education

    We believe children are brilliant. They are naturally-born scientists with an innate capacity and competence to learn. We teach students to value the child's interests, learning styles, and culture. College students are taught to provide creative, open-ended activities and environments to optimize children's learning potential, in the context of secure and trusting relationships.

    "Children must be taught how to think, not what to think." - Margaret Mead

  • Career Information

    All career information and statistics listed below are based off of the State of Oregon. For more information go to our Career Coach page.

    Early childhood professionals are required to complete a Central Background Registry Check. This includes an application and fingerprinting. Click here for fingerprinting documentation requirements.

    Median Earnings: Annual Openings:
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  • Program Philosophy

    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 before working directly with children. Two year (AAS) degree students need to complete a Central Registry Background check before entering into their student teaching (practicum) experience.

    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.

    First Year Student Documentation Requirements

    Second Year Student (Practicum) Documentation Requirements

    Cooperative Work Experience (CWE) Documentation Requirements

    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 9 on the Oregon Registry.

    Please contact Family Connections, Family Resource and Education center, for more information. (541) 917-4899.

  • Practicum/Student Teaching

    (Associate of Applied Science Degree)

    In the second year of the program, LBCC students participate in practicum/student teaching 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 inoculations, 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 inoculations, 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.

    For more information about Cooperative Work Experience options at Linn Benton please contact David Bird or LeAnn Schamp.

Child and Family Studies Classroom Gallery

The classes for students in the Child and Family Studies program are structured using 'hands-on' learning experiences that are based on adult learning theory and research. We teach college students in the way we want young children to be taught. We value each college student's experience and knowledge, provide learning experiences that foster critical thinking, and build community amongst the students so every student feels valued and part of the group. Small group projects, video analyses, hands-on activities, and individual writing reflections are a sampling of the teaching methods we offer in classes.


Social justice and children's social-emotional well-being are very important to Marcia. Dual-language development, cultural awareness, and recognizing children's brilliance fuel her passion for growing healthy children and communities. For most of her career she has been directly involved with early childhood educators through teaching, mentoring, and coaching. Marcia is committed to college students learning about optimum child development and how to interact with children and families with respect and intentionality.
Marcia Walsh
Barbara is retired from 30+ years as a PreK through 12 teacher including 20+ years in juvenile corrections. Barb also works as a Clinical Supervisor for Western Governor’s University demonstration teachers. This is her 14th year teaching for LBCC 14 Education/Child and Family Studies department mainly teaching ED 282 Working with Students with Special Needs.
Barb Moody
I am a part-time faculty member at Linn-Benton Community College in the Education/Child and Family Studies Department. I also teach early childhood courses at Chemeketa Community College and Portland Community College. I am a parent blogger for the Early Learning Hub of Marion & Polk Counties. I enjoy spending time with family, playing recreation volleyball, and running.
Rachelle Saceda