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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 '22-'23 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.  

2022-2023 Concurrent Enrollment Courses (6 - 12 CE Credits):

  • EDEC 101 - Intro to Early Childhood (3 CE credits, 5 PSD Language Arts credits)
  • EDEC 103 - Guidance Strategies for Children (3 CE credits, 5 PSD Elective credits)
  • ELIT 290 - Survey of Diverse Literature for Children (3 CE credits, 5 PSD Language Arts credits)

Learners have the option to gain the Early Childhood Professional Credential 1. 

 

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Introduction to Early Childhood Education

Credits:
10
Course Description

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.

Graduation Requirement
Concurrent Enrollment

Work-Based Learning:Education

Credits:
5
Meeting Time

Wednesdays: 9:15 am - 12:15 pm

Course Description

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.

Graduation Requirement

Futures Lab Seminar

Credits:
5
Course Description

Come get unschooled. Let your curiosity and imagination guide your learning journey as you develop skills and mindsets necessary to build a better world.

Through engaging, relevant, and authentic projects, students will hone workforce readiness and professional skills, by working on dynamic and collaborative teams. Entrepreneurship and literacy are integrated through examination of personal strengths and areas of growth via investigation into the topics of resilience, self-awareness, and communication. These areas have been identified through collaboration with industry partners and higher education professionals.  This course will provide 5 credits toward the Language Arts graduation requirement

This is a semester long course that will allow students to integrate literacy, entrepreneurship, and essential professional skills. Students will engage in units that will explore self-awareness, communication, and resilience throughout the course.  Within each of these units students will have the opportunity to analyze and create written pieces reflective of topics relevant to them.

Graduation Requirement