Program Description:

The Early Childhood Education (ECE) program provides students with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for gainful employment and/or to pursue advanced education in the area of Early Childhood Education. In conjunction with the ECE program, students will be able to go into a preschool and work with three and four year olds. The hands-on experience provides the student with the opportunity to apply teaching techniques developed in the Early Childhood Education classroom.

Prerequisites: Prior to admission to the program, a student must:
  • Have a GPA of at least 2.5 or higher
  • Be recommended in writing by five teachers
  • Submit an essay on why you want to be in the class
  • Be in 10th, 11th, or 12th grade
  • Schools will provide evidence that all students enrolled in the course met these requirements at the time of enrollment and that all students were recommended by at least three of the five teachers
Courses can be taken over a one- or two-year period

Courses: Required Courses:
  • Early Childhood Education I
  • Early Childhood Education II
  • Early Childhood Education III
  • Early Childhood Education IV
Certifications: Early Childhood Classroom Assistant Teacher (Teacher's Aide)

Career Opportunities: Work in daycare centers, nursery schools, preschools, public schools, private schools, private households, and after-school programs


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