Childhood Education & Family Studies
Dr. Maidie Rosengarden
Associate Professor of Childhood Education and Family Studies
Mary Fields, Adjunct Faculty - Email
Dr. Tammy Marino, Adjunct Faculty - Email
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.
Southwestern’s program is one of only three in Oregon, and one of 11 nationwide, that offers a fully online degree. This makes our program the gold standard that others aspire to.
The A.S. Childhood Education and Family Studies and A.A.S. Preschool Child Development at Southwestern are accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, 1313 L Street NW, Suite 500, Washington DC 20005. (800) 424-2460 ext. 8007. www.naeyc.org. The accreditation runs from July 2018 through July 2025.
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Dr. Maidie Rosengarden
Dr. Maidie Rosengarden has been teaching in pre-schools, K-8 schools, and higher education for over 15 years. As an Associate Professor at Southwestern Oregon Community college, she teaches coursework in the Childhood Education and Family Studies degree programs, advises students, and maintains the degree programs national accreditation from NAEYC. She also collaborates with local infant/toddler and pre-school classrooms to place student teachers in high quality developmentally appropriate classrooms as they learn to practice the art and science of caring for and educating young children.
Dr. Rosengarden lives in Coos Bay with her husband and dog, Molly. Her favorite activity is drinking strong coffee in the backyard while reading books! Her deepest joy is found when working with students as they navigate their journey as teachers, helping them see each new learning and discovery as a gift of the process, and become confident and caring professionals.
Dr. Maidie Rosengarden received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Kent State University, a Masters’ degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education at Belmont University in Nashville TN, and a Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville.
What our students have to say
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
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