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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 the learning to work 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.  

2021-2022 Concurrent Enrollment Courses (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)
  • EDEC 205 - Nutrition, Health & Safety (3 CE credits, 5 PSD Wellness credits)
  • ELIT 290 - Survey of Diverse Literature for Children (3 CE credits, 5 PSD Language Arts credits)

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

  • ECLD 350 - Teaching Young Bilingual Children (3 CE credits)
  • ET 340 - Integration of Technology into Teaching & Learning (2 CE credits)
  • EDFE 179 - Introduction to Field Experience (1 CE credit)
  • EDSE 431 - Introduction to Early Childhood Special Education (3 CE credits)
  • EDEC 102 - Intro to Early Childhood Practicum Experience (3 CE credits, 5 PSD Elective Credits)

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

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Introduction to Early Childhood Education

Credits:
5
Meeting Time

Trimester 1: 9:15 - 10:45

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
Pathway

Nutrition, Health, and Safety for Educators

Credits:
5
Meeting Time

Trimester 2: 9:15 - 10:45

Course Description

This course focuses on nutrition, health, and safety as key factors for optimal growth and development of young children.  Includes nutrient knowledge, menu planning, food program participation, health practices, management and safety, appropriate activities, and communication with families.

Graduation Requirement
Concurrent Enrollment
Pathway

Guidance Strategies for Children

Credits:
5
Meeting Time

Trimester 3: 10:45 - 12:15

Course Description

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 EC program settings.

Graduation Requirement
Concurrent Enrollment
Pathway

Futures Lab Seminar

Credits:
5
Meeting Time

Q1 & Q3 - 10:45 - 12:15, 2:15 - 3:45

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.

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Graduation Requirement
Prerequisites

None.