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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.Open Program Map
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.Open Program Map
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.Open Program Map
- Why Go into Child and Family Studies
- About the Program
- 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
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Early childhood professionals are required to complete a Central Background Registry Check. This includes an application and fingerprinting. Click here for fingerprinting documentation requirements.
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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.
CFS graduates are strongly encouraged to apply for the Oregon Registry.
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.
(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.
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.
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