Program Synopsis: The Early Childhood Education Program is an exclusive program at Advanced Career Education Center at Highland Springs. Eligible students should have a love of children and learn about the responsibilities and requirements of child care. The Early Childhood Education class offers a fullday preschool for the children of teachers and staff in the surrounding schools. This provides opportunities for the Early Childhood Education students to work with preschoolers on-site at our 5000-square-foot facility. This program may be taken as a stand alone 1 year 3 credit course or for 2 years and 6 credits to complete the entire program.
Early Childhood Education & Services I: It is the first course in a program designed to prepare students for child-related professions such as child care, teaching, child psychology, pediatrics, and many others. Included is a study of developmentally appropriate practice for the child from birth to school-age years. Students learn about careers in the field of Early Childhood Education.
Early Childhood Education & Services II: Early Childhood Education and Services II is an in-depth extension of Early Childhood Education and Services I. This threecredit course emphasizes occupational skills for workers in early childhood professions. Students participate in both in-class learning and on-the-job training in the preschool setting. Students will receive an industry certificate upon passing an industry certification exam.
Instructors: The instructors for the Early Childhood Education & Services Program have the ability to work with children of all ages and have spent a great deal of time doing so.
|Ms. Por||Ms. Bolden||Ms. Lambert||Ms. Briggs|
Desired Aptitudes: Genuine interest in caring for children. They should have the ability to handle children and develop new skills, patience, a sense of humor and an understanding of human development and behavior. They should be willing to do work that requires a lot of energy and focus.
Employment Outlook (According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition):
|Childcare Workers||Childcare workers care for children when parents and other family members are unavailable. They care for children’s basic needs, such as bathing and feeding. In addition, some help children prepare for kindergarten, and many help older children with homework.||$19,300|