Childhood Education & Family Studies
Student Recruitment Specialist
EXPLORE EDUCATION WITH US!
Our Childhood Education and Family Studies degrees are completed entirely online.
Educating happy, healthy children is a complex and rewarding experience that could be right for you! In our nationally accredited programs you will be prepared to work with children and families to support the positive development of children with diverse abilities in an inclusive setting.
Our goal is to serve and act on behalf of the needs, rights, and well-being of children from birth to age eight in early learning, and kindergarten through eighth grade, and their families. We put special emphasis on professionalism, respect for diversity, and improving the quality of early childhood care and education in the community.
Do you dream of becoming a teacher?
The job outlook is great for teaching. Get started at Southwestern like Brookings mom, Cara Dailey.
Cara Dailey has worked in and around schools her entire adult life. As a bus driver, a teaching aide, in the library, in the cafeteria, and as an Aspire coach mentoring students at a local high school. All the while, homeschooling four kids and always working part- or full-time left Cara little opportunity for her own education.
“I always wanted to do more,” Cara said.
After years of working in various jobs at schools, she realized she is good at teaching children.
The right time to move ahead
Living in Brookings with grown children, Cara decided the time was right for her to achieve her dream of becoming an elementary school teacher.
She connected with an advisor at the Curry campus in Brookings. SWOCC’s online degree program partnership with Southern Oregon University made it easy for Cara to enroll in the Elementary Education degree pathway. With a mix of online and in-person classes, it is a perfect fit for what Cara wanted to do.
She loves the Curry campus and the helpful staff, and did pay a visit to the Coos campus to meet a few of her other professors.
“I met math professor Sean Hutcherson who was so good for me, being someone who hadn’t had a math class for a long time!” Cara said.
Instructor Mary Fields, who teaches music and art for aspiring elementary teachers, talked with Cara a lot about the future of education.
“I really saw how the professors work as a team. They were in close contact with each other and helped me navigate the program. Maidie Rosengarden was my encourager!”
Family studying together
Cara’s daughter Charlotte was a SWOCC student too, and they attended together in 2019. Charlotte graduated with four degrees from Southwestern. She is now working on her bachelor’s degree with the goal of working in publishing.
“We are SWOCC Believers!” That is what the Dailey family says.
Like her husband Darrin, who teaches dual credit math at Brookings-Harbor High School, Cara plans to become a teaching professional in a Curry County school – maybe this fall. Come April, Cara will be ready to graduate with her Associate of Science degree in Elementary Education.
Are you passionate about making a difference in the lives of children?
Could this be your story? There is a wide variety of careers in education – from caring for babies to teaching high school. We need great teachers in Southern Oregon. We need you! This is an exciting time in education with a lot of opportunities to make a difference. Call us today so we can help you move forward on the path to a career in education.
What our students have to say
I would love to work on the Oregon Coast because I’ve lived here my entire life and think it’s beautiful. Once I graduate with a teaching degree, my plan is to work at an elementary school. As an educator of young children, I hope to teach them that school can be enjoyable and learning doesn’t have to be unpleasant. Children are quite impressionable in elementary school so I hope to use that to our advantage and help set the stage for successful students.Jordan Houck
I grew up in Tillamook, Oregon and decided to move to Coos Bay shortly after graduating high school. I fell in love with the area, and I have been here ever since. A couple years later, my love for teaching really started to inspire me. I decided to go back to school to become an Elementary teacher. So, here I am, about to start my second year in pursuit of my teaching degree! Not only do I love this area, but I also enjoy being a part of SWOCC. Education is very important to me, and because I can attend a community college like this, I will be able to become a teacher in the Coos Bay area!Renee Symons
I grew up in Bandon, Oregon and have always been extremely thankful for the community and family that I have had in this town. I graduated as valedictorian of my class and I was very excited to attend SWOCC. My goal is to become an elementary school teacher. I plan to dual enroll with Southern Oregon University to obtain my teaching degree. I plan to be a full-time student for the next three years. I hope to one day teach in the small town that I grew up in. I think this will be a great way to give back to my community by being the best teacher I can be to future generations of students.Rylie Houck