Childhood Education & Family Studies

Education Degrees

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Program Accreditation

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CARE CONNECTIONS - Child Care Resource and Referral

Dr. Maidie Rosengarden
Associate Professor of Childhood Education and Family Studies

Mary Fields, Adjunct Faculty - Email

Dr. Tammy Marino, Adjunct Faculty - Email



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.

NAEYC Accreditation

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. The accreditation runs from July 2018 through July 2025.

Program outcome data can be found by clicking here.

Our Philosophy

Our community of learners strives for children, families, and students to learn and grow together.


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.

Guiding Principles

We are committed to addressing the needs of all children.

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