Credit For Prior Learning

How to Transfer Non-Credit and Prior Learning Credentials into COCC's Early Childhood Education (AAS) Program.


COCC's Early Childhood Education program will award prior learning credit for the following early childhood credentials:

  • Child Development Associate (CDA)
  • Oregon Registry Step 7
  • Early Child Care Business Accelerator
  • Fast Track Program

Credits will be transcribed as Prior Learning Credit and may not count toward the AAS degree unless the student has successfully completed Practicum II (ED 262) and related competencies. Prior Learning Credit will be awarded in lieu of the required program courses. Credits are awarded as follows:

Child Development Associate (CDA) or Oregon Registry Step 7:

  • 3 credits for ED 261: Practicum I
  • Awarded credits based on successful completion of Practicum II and related competencies.

Early Child Care Business Accelerator (Certifying Agency: COCC's Small Business Development Center) 

Fast Track Program (Certifying Agency: NeighborImpact)

To obtain credit for prior learning, students must have taken at least one course at COCC. Students with more than one of the listed prior learning credentials can receive credit for only one. The cost of the credit transcription is $40 per course.

Students or providers with a prior learning credential are strongly encouraged meet with an Early Education advisor before beginning their Early Education coursework. For more information: Contact Amy Howell at


Colorful pile of broken crayons used for Education: Early Childhood Education Program at Central Oregon Community College.