Course Content and Outcome Guide for ECE 197

Course Number:
ECE 197
Course Title:
Career Exploration in EEFS
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Course Description

Early Education and Family Studies is a broad field encompassing many forms of services for children and families. This course is designed for students who are considering a career in the field. In conjunction with service learning placements in the Portland area, students will explore the boundaries of the field, career options and requirements, and opportunities for life-long learning and advancement. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

This course is a 1-credit elective class.  The 1-credit elective classes are designed to enhance the knowledge base of our degree-seeking students (who are required to take 6 €“ 10 credits of elective credit) while also providing an accessible, interesting, and relevant course to students who are seeking to meet their professional development requirements and/or who might have limited experience in the college setting.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Students will€¦

  1. Identify career options within the field of early education and family studies.
  2. Examine the professional demands and education and experiential requirements for the various career options.
  3. Evaluate and compare career options based on the experiences of classmates in service learning placements and on personal characteristics and professional attributes.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students will€¦

  1. Attend and actively participate in class and small group activities.
  2. Complete written observations and assignments
  3. Complete a reflective journal.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  1. Early education and family studies as a profession.
  2. Identification of work and careers in early education and family studies.  Opportunities in the Portland vicinity and in the state of Oregon.
  3. Overview of the history and trends in early education and family studies and the career development system in Oregon.
  4. Linking personal characteristics and professional attributes to career options in the field.