With job openings for formally-trained early childhood education professionals expected to grow by 19% through 2018, now's the time to get started on this rewarding career path.
The Early Childhood Education program focuses specifically on the education of professionals in the early childhood field.
The most important strength of caregivers in the early childhood field is the education received by the practitioners in both theory and process-oriented learning. Results of international research on child care indicate that the education of the child care providers is directly related to increased social, cognitive, and emotional growth of children.
Early Childhood Professionals will be prepared to practice professional, ethical, and high-quality care giving strategies within diverse settings, caring for children from infancy through school-age years. Students will be qualified to enter the early childhood field as well as inspired to continue lifelong learning with the opportunity to fulfill a baccalaureate degree through our 2+2 articulations.
Early Childhood Education is an online program. The courses are ideal for practitioners who are beginning their careers or already care for children. They will increase their effectiveness and competence through curriculum, guidance, care giving and teaching skills, professional development, and ethical practice. Students will be directly evaluated on these skills during their practicum experiences throughout the program.
The development of a professional portfolio will be a component of the Early Childhood Education program for students to demonstrate competence, based on standards from the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The completed portfolio will be presented in the culminating course at the completion of the program.
Early Childhood Development (CERT)
Online - 18 cr
Early Childhood Development (DIP)
Online - 32 cr
Early Childhood Education (AAS)
Online - 60 cr
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