The Early Childhood Program is a two year course that lays a foundation for those students who are interested in working with young children. Coursework includes the study of the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development in children from birth to nine years of age. Studies also cover observation as a tool for assessment, the development of guidance techniques and the recognizing guidance challenges, handling daily routines, and setting classroom limits. High school students learn how to prepare the environment and design a floor plan with optimum functioning space. Particular attention is placed on the selection of safe and age appropriate educational materials.
Students have the opportunity to become certified in CPR/AED as we study children’s’ health, safety, and nutrition.
Early Childhood students are placed in either a pre-K or kindergarten classroom for an internship assignment where they become an integral part of the classroom. Students work closely with teachers, support staff, and the children in everyday activities.
- Au pairs
- Curriculum Specialists
- Family Childcare Specialists
- Teachers – Childcare centers, elementary and private schools
- Assistant and associate teachers
- Childcare resource and referral specialists
- Early Childhood educators: high school teachers, technical instructors, community college instructors, or university professors
- Licensing specialists
- Safety specialists
- Staff trainers
- Designers of children’s clothing, toys, and computer software
- Playground designers
- Safety testers for children’s products
- Authors of children’s books and magazines
- Children’s artists, illustrators, and photographers
- Magicians, puppeteers, singers, television writers and producers
- Art, dance, music, and sports instructors
- Health care providers: pediatric nurses, doctors, and dentists
- Social services: family/child therapists, counselors, and social workers
- Parent educators