The Early Childhood Education Program’s mission is to prepare individuals to be professional educators for young children, demonstrate positive attitudes toward all children and their families, obtain the skills to plan and implement a program that is safe, educational, and healthy.
Early childhood educators and caregivers work in Head Start programs, childcare centers, family home care programs, elementary schools, social services programs, and health care services. These professionals plan and implement appropriate experiences for young children in areas such as language, health, movement, creativity, thinking, problem solving, self-concept and social behavior. They also supervise children’s activities, care for their needs, keep records of their progress, and confer with parents and other professionals.
The Certificate in Early Childhood Education is closely aligned with national standards and meets Head Start requirements for classroom personnel. Only technical requirement courses that have a grade of “C” or better will be counted towards the Certificate.
Program Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs):
Upon successful completion of the Certificate in Early Childhood Education program, students will be able to:
1. Advocate appropriate practices for children, model professionalism, and demonstrate ethical conduct based on guidelines from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
2. Effectively and respectfully communicate with students, staff and families including those from diverse backgrounds and special populations.
3. Implement various developmentally and age-appropriate teaching, assessment and guidance strategies needed to effectively work with young children from birth to age eight.