Early Childhood Education

This program provides
opportunities for students to learn the skills necessary to work with children as they grow and develop from birth to age 12 in child care centers, Head Start programs, and elementary schools. Managerial and operational skills are included in the course. Students may use the program as preparation for college in elementary education, special education, and child development professions. Students will develop a portfolio for the Child Development Associate credential evaluation process upon successful completion of the two-year program. Early Childhood Education students are part of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America.

College credits possible:
Students can earn up to 3 college credits through an articulation agreement with North Central State College

Students can also earn CTAGs for this program in the following courses:
Early Childhood Education Principles
Health, Safety and Nutrition 
Classroom Management 
Curriculum and Instruction for Early Childhood Education

Skills to be learned
Develop resumes
Employability skills
Familiarity with licensing laws
Reading readiness
Language development
Pre-math concepts
Science/Social Studies concepts
Physical development of children
Social/Emotional development of children
Classroom arrangement
Group management strategies
Discipline technique
Portfolio development
Develop parent handbooks
Working with birth through age 12
Recognizing communicable diseases
CPR/First Aid/AED Training
Recognizing child abuse

Job Opportunities
Child Care Provider
Family Daycare Provider
Daycare Director
Assistance Preschool Teacher
Preschool Teacher
Head Start Teacher
Elementary Teacher
Paraprofessional/Teacher’s Aide
Children’s Photographer

Industry Credentials: 

  • Child Development Associate (CDA)
  • CPR
  • First Aid
  • Child Abuse and Neglect Recognition 
  • Communicable Disease Prevention