Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
ECE 197
Course Title:
Career Exploration in Early Education and Family Studies
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Course Description

Covers the broad-based nature of Early Education and Family Studies. Includes 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 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

Upon successful completion, students should be able to:

  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.

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.