Southern Oregon University Distance Education
Early Childhood Development

Early Childhood Development

Bachelor's degree


Online Degree Completion Program in Early Childhood Development 


Spring 2011

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We are excited to be adding Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education (EI/ECSE) courses to our Bachelor's and Master's degrees. The courses were developed to address the eight core competency areas required by the Oregon Department of Education for certification as an EI/ECSE specialist The addition of these courses expand the elective options for students wishing to increase their expertise in early intervention.

Planning to apply for admissions for spring term? Sooner is better than later. Allow yourself plenty of time to complete the process. You will need to request transcripts from past schools and write your essay. If you're not already working with KC Sam, Transfer Specialist, please contact her soon. She'll be able to help you with the process.

Program News

Important Dates and Information


Registration for spring term is open!!
Winter term ends: March 11 

Spring term begins: March 28

Graduation is Saturday, June 11 


Spring 2011 Early Childhood Classes

Young girl in sunshineWe have some great early childhood classes during spring term that might be of interest to you. Along with our other wonderful classes, we have added some new topics that may be of special interest - ED 407 Early Intervention in Family Services will be offered for the first time this term.


ED 309 Adv Practicum II

ED 399 Orientation to ECD

*ED 399  Beyond the Science Shelf Workshop

*ED 399  Science and the Young Child Workshop

ED 385 Early Childhood Professional

ED 407 Early Intervention (EI) Family Services

ED 407 Differentiated Curric in the Inclusive Class TAG

ED 407 Science and the Young Child

ED 409 Adv. Practicum/Capstone

ED 454 Advocacy & Leadership in ECE

ED 485 Assessment/Planning in EI

ED 489 Interpersonal Relations Guidance


Course descriptions

ED 454 Advocacy and Leadership in ECE

Education is an evolving field that adjusts to the needs of an ever-changing society. As educational reform continues to be at the forefront of our national agenda, it's imperative that teachers add their voices to the dialogue that is taking place between administrators and policymakers nationwide. Teachers are on the frontline of education.  read more...

Spring Face-to-Face Workshops
In addition to the online courses, the ECD Program and JCAEYC (Jackson County Association for the Education of Young Children) will be offering two Saturday workshops at the Higher Education Center in Medford.  They are open to students and early childhood professionals. Students can earn 1 credit of ED 399 at the reduced tuition of $55.  Non-students are welcome and encouraged to join us. The fee is $20, $15 for members of JCAEYC.  Workshops will be held from 8:30-4:30, with a working lunch.
Course desciptions & registration form.
Saturday, April 30 Susan Faller-Mitchell will be presenting "Science & the Young Child"


Saturday, May 21 Susan Hamilton and Kim Yasutake will be presenting "Beyond the Science Shelf"


Jackson County Chapter of the Oregon Association for the Education of Young Children (JCCOAEYC) Conference

Saturday, February 26 from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Higher Education Center, corner of 8th & Bartlett St.

Medford, OR

For information, contact Sara Stearns  541-552-8225

Conference brochure


Oregon AEYC Spring Professional Development Institution

April 8 & 9, 2011

Lane County

Meet our Students
Shawn Lybarger

Hello, I am Shawn Lybarger, a student at Southern Oregon University (SOU) in the Early Childhood Development degree program. I am earning my degree online because I live in Roseburg and work full time. I chose Southern Oregon's program because the staff are easy to work with, the classes are applicable to what I am doing in real life and I had experienced SOU from a parent's perspective when my son attended and graduated from there.more..... 




Early Childhood Development graduate Kate Hemsoth

Hi, I'm Kate Hemsoth. I graduated from SOU in spring 2010 with my Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Development. I can picture myself as a student at this time last year in the capstone course learning about electronic portfolios and beginning to create my own. Now as a college graduate I have been able to take what I have learned and use my knowledge when working with children.  more....

Technology News You Can Use

SOU Is Moving to Moodle

The University will be changing the delivery system of our online classes from Blackboard to Moodle as of summer 2011. This spring, almost all of the ECD instructors will be delivering their classes in Moodle. We are hearing from students in these classes how much they like this new interface. So, don't be surprised if you log into your class in Blackboard and receive an announcement directing you to Moodle. Moodle at SOU Logo

While we are in transition, only students enrolled in courses using Moodle will have access to the system. If you already have a Moodle account, continue accessing Moodle as usual. Students who need to start using Moodle for a spring term course will receive login information for new users in their SOU email accounts. All other students will receive Moodle login information once the system is implemented campus-wide. The address for Moodle is

If you have any problems, please contact the Student Help Desk through email or at 541-552-6969.

 Changes to SOU Student Email

Student email accounts are now in Google Apps for EDU. This new system, powered by Google, will provide Gmail to our school, as well as a suite of other Google products that will enable us to better communicate, share, and collaborate. You will see the Gmail logo on the top, right of your MySOU portal page. Important: Your address will remain

Attention Newly Admitted Students!


It is important that all newly admitted students schedule a phone advising appointment with Donny Nickelson at 541-552-8118. She will provide you with an official review of your general education courses and walk you through the registration process. She also has appointment times on Saturday for those that would prefer a weekend meeting. Be sure to ask for a phone appointment, you do not have to come to campus.


We will be mailing the Orientation letter a few weeks before the term begins to registered students. If we happen to miss you, it is attached here for your convenience.

Don't Forget Textbooks!
Once you have registered, order your textbooks early to ensure you have everything you need for the first day of classes. The staff at the SOU Bookstore will be happy to assist you with your order. Online students pay shipping charges but the $5 processing fee is waived.
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