Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education

For students whose career goal is to teach children from birth to pre-kindergarten age in childcare centers and in-home settings, Lane Community College offers a two year, Early Childhood Education Associate of Applied Science Degree as well as a one year, ECE Certificate. 

Extended educational opportunities include:

  • Class related to state-mandated training for individuals already working in the field;
  • Parenting skills classes;
  • College credit for prior learning for individuals at STEP 7 on the Oregon Registry Professional Development – myORO

Note: College credit is available for prior learning for individuals at Step 7 or higher on the Oregon Registry Professional Development – myORO. Please contact the program coordinator, Kathleen Lloyd.

For all certificate and degree options, please contact ECE advisors at EducationAdvising@lanecc.edu

You can also access the drop-in advisors schedule.

All students seeking a degree or certificate in Early Childhood Education must complete 1-3 terms of student teaching (ECE 240). The LCC childcare center lab school is open under COVID-19 Oregon guidelines. Center staff, families, and all student teachers enrolled in ECE 240 will be expected to follow mandated safety protocols. College students working in childcare centers are also required by Oregon law to provide documentation of an MMR(measles, mumps, rubella) vaccination. Plan to provide documentation of MMR vaccination requirements before enrolling in ECE 240. Contact Kathleen Lloyd (lloydk@lanecc.edu), the ECE 240 instructor (and program coordinator) if you need any help. Students currently employed in childcare centers in the community may be eligible to complete ECE 240 in their own center. Please contact Kathleen to discuss this possibility.

Attending classes at Lane

Lane’s main campus is tucked into the foothills of the Oregon Cascades, providing a stunning landscape for your education. With incredible resources on campus like advising, tutoring services, the library, First Year Experience and so many more, you have the opportunity to make the most out of your degree. Lane also offers student housing at Titan Court in downtown Eugene, next to our Mary Spilde Center. Ready to learn more? Schedule a campus tour to explore our beautiful campus and amazing facilities.