The purpose of this program is to prepare students as Early Childhood Education Caregivers with an early intervention specialization or to provide supplementary training for persons previously or currently employed in these occupations.
The content includes, but is not limited to, gaining knowledge about working with young children with special needs, growth and development, early childhood education; establishing and maintaining a safe, clean, healthy, learning environment; guidance techniques and classroom management; communication; identification of child abuse and neglect; implementation of rules and regulations; nutrition; family interaction; legal and professional responsibilities; and employability skills. Programs prepare individuals to assume major caregiving and educational responsibilities within home or center-based programs for preschool children.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Students will be able to successfully implement appropriate methods for collecting information.
- Students will be able to successfully develop a lesson plan to meet short and long term goals for student learning.
- Students will be able to successfully defend the importance of positive relationships with parents.
- Students will be able to successfully construct a professional development plan.
- Students will be able to successfully demonstrate knowledge of a major theory of development and use of that knowledge in understanding child growth and development.
To be eligible for this certificate a student must meet:
- have a high school diploma or GED® certificate,
- take a placement exam if not exempt by State Board of Education Rule 6A-10.0315. Insufficient scores will mean the student must take appropriate developmental education courses and SLS 1501 - The College Experience .
Passing grade on required coursework:
Students will earn 36 college credits towards the Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education.
These 36 hours cannot be a combination of 36 Personal Enrichment hours; they must be declared as a major in the degree or certificate seeking process.