Southern Oregon University Distance Education
 Young girl with paint decorating her faceEarly Childhood Development

Bachelor's degree


Online Degree Completion Program in
Early Childhood Development


Summer 2011

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Still Have Questions?

Well, summer is almost here! I hope you're all looking forward to warm days spent relaxing with family and friends AND maybe even taking a few classes towards your degree. If you're not working in summer, it might be a good time to take a few classes. We are offering some new courses that we hope will be of interest.   

Are you planning to apply for admissions for summer 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. If you feel pressed for time, you can begin classes as a non-admitted student, then apply for admissions later.

Program News

Important Dates and Information


Registration for summer (& FALL) term is open!!

Spring term ends: Friday, June 10

Graduation is Saturday, June 11    

Grades are posted Tuesday, June 14

Summer term has many different sessions: See sessions next to classes below


Summer 2011 Early Childhood Classes

Children silhoutted against an aquariumWe have some great early childhood classes during summer term that might be of interest to you.



Presession - June 13-17

ED 399 Orientation to ECD   


First four weeks - June 20-July 15

ED 407 Atypical Development

ED 407 Social/Emotional Need of TAG

ED 481 At-Risk to Resiliency


Second four weeks - July 18-August 12

ED 407 Mind in the Making: the Developing Brain


Eight week session - June 20-Aug 12

ED 407 Whole Child Development

ED 480 Foundations in ECD

ED 488 Early Language & Literacy


Course descriptions  


New ECD Course

ED 407 Mind in the Making: the Developing Brain

This course will explore the essential skills that children need in order to be successful in a complex society. Using research-based practices as a framework, students will better understand the implications of a child's developing mind to her social, emotional, and intellectual capacities. Specifically, the importance of focus and self control, perspective taking, communicating, making connections, critically thinking, taking on challenges, and self-directed learning skills will be examined and analyzed. Students will evaluate the roles of parents and teachers in creating an environment where children may reach their full potential and manifest their unique talents and gifts in order to become the best she or he can be.


Face-to-Face Workshops will return Fall term
In addition to the online courses, the ECD Program and JCAEYC (Jackson County Association for the Education of Young Children) will be offering two to three 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.  

Meet our New Instructor
Photo of new ECD instructor - Sharon Dvora
Sharon Dvora


Sharon earned a BA in Design in 1981 and worked as a graphic designer for many

years before entering the field of education. After earning her MAT with an endorsement in Art Education from SOU in 2000, Sharon brought a community-based approach to teaching art into her middle school classroom, her work as an elementary art specialist and into her work as a community artist, collaborating with children, families and community members in the creation of large-scale mosaic murals and installations for local schools and parks. As a museum educator, Sharon developed and presented family programs, public arts programming, summer art camps and museum-guided touring programs at the Schneider Museum of Art on the campus at SOU.


As co-director and teacher at Pomegranate Preschool for the Arts, Sharon enjoys a daily practice of creatively collaborating with children through song, movement and visual art processes. Sharon's educational interests include explorations into the Reggio Emilio approach to teaching, emergent curriculum, the healing potential of arts education and empowering teachers and students through the arts. Passionate about sharing the creative process with teachers, families and children, she invites the artist-within each of us to come out and play!


Sharon is currently teaching Art Education courses for SOU's School of Education, creating outreach educational programs for the Schneider Museum of Art and teaching at Pomegranate Preschool for the Arts.


Coming Spring 2012 - Creativity & Learning: An Early Childhood Approach to the Arts


This course will guide students to develop a playful, open-ended approach to presenting the arts in the early childhood setting. A developmental approach to children's creativity and self-expression will be emphasized, along with a growing understanding of how the arts can support cognitive, physical, emotional and social development in all children.


Highlight - Imagine That - An Reggio Emilia Inspired Environment for Children
Imagine That!
Imagine That... Creative Children's Center is a Reggio Emilia inspired Preschool and Early Kindergarten program based in Grants Pass, Oregon. We are state certified and can serve 16 children aged 3 to 6 in our carefully designed home environment. Recently we have been given the opportunity to expand our services to the lab school environment at Grants Pass High School. There is good work ahead for all of us as our community grows.

 At Imagine That...we are committed to creating a community of learning where children are respected, honored, and can feel emotionally safe to explore, question, and have a sense of control over the direction of their learning.  As we work to implement a Reggio approach, we see the environment as our "third" teacher (the first being families, and the second being teachers). Our environments are meant to inspire playful inquiry and a relaxed but alert and curious state in the brain that is so important for deep learning. Our teachers place listening and relationships at the heart of their work, and we emphasize social emotional learning as we try to engage and provoke thinking, curiosity and imagination. We use art, music, dance, gardening and other tactile and sensory activities that stimulate exploration and creativity.

Thanks to Sharon Dvora for the wonderful photos - you can view more here!

Technology News You Can Use

SOU has Moved to Moodle!!!

For those of you that have suffered through the transition, we THANK YOU!!  We know it's been difficult having some of your classes delivered in Blackboard while others were in Moodle. BUT, those days are over!!  As of summer, all of your class will be in Moodle and there is also a Moodle icon in MySOU, and the single sign-in feature should be up by Fall term. In the meantime, use your MySOU username and password.  Moodle icon

Right now, we're focused on the exciting pieces of Moodle that we've acquired because of our contract with Moodle Rooms-- they will include ePortolfios, access from mobile devices, a social networking plug-in, real-time synchronization with SISWeb, single sign-on through portal, integration with Turnitin and Google apps, a user-friendly interface, and a platform that enables SOU to quickly respond to user needs. We will keep you posted as these options become available.

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 request a phone appointment, you do not have to come to campus. You are welcome to attend a Raider Registration information session, but they are not required.  


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.

New Bookstore Website!

The SOU Bookstore is your campus resource for all your educational books and supplies, and we have just launched a new website with great features to help keep your textbook costs down!

Visit to pre-order your Fall textbooks now and see the great new features that can help save you money including:
  • New, Used, e-book and rentals all in one convenient placeBookstore clip art
  • Textbook price compare with Amazon and
  • Textbook previews 
  • Textbook rentals
  • SOU Marketplace where you can buy and sell textbooks to other SOU students
  • Sell-back alerts - sign up and be notified of textbooks we will be buying
  • Graduation items, SOU Clothing and Souvenirs, School Supplies, Computers and more!
 All profit generated by the Bookstore goes back to SOU. Support your campus and buy from your local Bookstore.
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