Early Childhood Professions


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Program Description
Are you a creative and responsible problem-solver that loves to work with young children?  Prepare for a career in a rewarding early childhood profession in this two-year program.  Students create activities, projects and lesson plans that will become part of a toolkit they will use as they begin their career working with children from birth through eight years of age.  Emphasis is placed on the development of a Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) portfolio to showcase mastery of the course standards.  Both Level I & Level II students interact with preschool students in a lab setting and Level II students have the opportunity to participate in paid internships!

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Instruction Video

Skills Necessary for Success
  • Ability to work independently and follow directions
  • Critical thinking skills and problem-solving abilities
  • Self-confidence to assume responsibility for the care and safety of children
  • Ability to communicate effectively by leading a group of young children and working with other professionals
  • Capable of developing and implementing creative lesson plans based on Early Learning Content Standards
  • Attaining computer and technology skills to create teaching tools
Recommendations
  • Excellent attendance record (93% attendance required for the Career Passport)
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA (maintained for the Career Passport)
  • Driver’s license
Professional Pathways
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Childcare Center Staff
  • Paraprofessional (Educational Aide)
  • In-Home Day Care
  • Elementary, Special Education or Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher
  • Child Psychologist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Recreation Director
  • Speech and Language Pathologist
  • Social Worker
Foundational Skills
  • Theory of child development
  • Children’s health & safety
  • Guidance techniques
  • Early learning content standards
  • Curriculum design
  • Lesson planning
  • Level II internships
Credentials
  • Communicable Disease, First Aid, CPR and Child Abuse Recognition certifications
  • Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential
Career Interests/Helpful Background
  • Experience working with children
  • Family and Consumer Science courses
Post-Secondary Opportunities
See Career Catalog Pages 37-40 for details.

GRADE LEVEL: 10, 11, 12
LENGTH: Two years
SCHOOL: Tallmadge, David Bacon Building

COURSES AND CREDITS:
  • Level I – Curriculum and Instruction for Early Childhood Education 2; Early Childhood Education Principles 1.
  • Level II – Classroom Management 2; Health Safety and Nutrition 1.

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