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ECE Centers

The Graduate School of Education works with early childhood educators and social service providers through providing teacher preparation programs, training, professional development, consultation, organizational facilitation; and modeling exemplary early childhood practices, tracking professional development for child care providers, and providing data identification, collection, and analysis.  Much of this collaborative work occurs through our Centers.  For information about our centers, read the brief descriptions below and link to each Center’s website.

The Autism Training and Research Center’s mission is to improve the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorders by: providing training and consulting on evidence-based practices to educators and parents of individuals with autism spectrum disorders and conducting research in areas that are important to educators and families of individuals with autism spectrum disorders.  

Center for Student Success provides quality grant program evaluation, consultation, professional development and data and research services (e.g., surveys, focus groups, literature review, synthesis of best practices, development of grant proposals, and design of formative/summative assessments) to PK-12 schools, districts, and educational nonprofit organizations dedicated to success for all students.  

Helen Gordon Child Development Center HGCDC serves a dual role both within and outside the campus community. First and foremost, the Center provides a full-day program for 200 children, aged four months to six years enrolling PSU student, faculty/staff and community families. Secondly, the program invites students and faculty from PSU, as well as from other colleges and in the Portland area, to learn about child development and early childhood education through observation and participation. The Center is considered a model within the early childhood professional community for its innovative programming, environments and philosophy. Often on the forefront within the professional field, it was the first center in the state of Oregon to be accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs (NAEYC).

Oregon Center for Career Development in Childhood Care and Education (OCCD) provides leadership in the development and operation of integrated and statewide professional development standards and systems.