Provides an introduction to early childhood education. Includes the eight key areas of professional knowledge: Child growth and development; health, nutrition and safety; developmentally appropriate practices; guidance; family and community relationships; diversity; professionalism; administration and supervision. Focuses on ages from birth through age 8.
Early Childhood Education
*Early Childhood Education is a half-day, full-year pathway and does not require any previous experience. Click here to request Early Childhood Education in your Spring '24 class schedule.
Do you love being around young people? Interested in changing what school looks like? Do you thrive on connecting with others? Explore early childhood education while earning college credit. No prior courses or experience necessary.
Learners in this pathway will discover multiple facets of early learning success as they engage in their own hands-on experiential learning. Students will understand how to create the circumstances for successful growth and learning for birth to age 8 learners. Learning structures include technology, collaboration, and creativity. This pathway is one to two years and learners have the opportunity to earn PSD credits along with 12 CE credits per year at no cost. Students who complete two full years in the pathway can earn up to 24 CE credits.
2023-2024 Concurrent Enrollment Courses (6 - 12 CE Credits):
- EDEC 101 - Intro to Early Childhood Education (3 CE credits, 5 PSD Language Arts credits)
- EDEC 103 - Guidance Strategies for Children (3 CE credits, 5 PSD Elective credits)
Learners have the option to gain the Early Childhood Professional Credential 1.
This course explores guidance theories, applications, goals, and techniques, as well as factors that influence behavioral expectations of children. This course includes classroom management and pro-social skills development of young children in Early Childhood program settings.
Wednesdays: 9:15 am - 12:15 pm
Students have the opportunity to build upon prior knowledge and skills in the program by directly working with our youngest learners in PSD. Once a week Education students from Futures Lab will be in preschool classrooms in our community. This hands-on learning will prepare them for success in future careers and postsecondary education.