These programs are designed to prepare individuals for employment in a variety of early childhood settings. Throughout the programs, students will learn about child development, guidance, cultural sensitivity, and professional relationships.
Students must have a high school diploma, or GED, and pass a criminal background study. Respect for cultural differences is essential. Good judgment and absolute integrity are also necessary for success in the field of child development.
What You'll Learn
- Child safety, health, and nutrition.
- Fundamental principles of child development and developmentally appropriate guidance practices.
- Knowledge and skills in developing and implementing early childhood curriculum and strategies that promote learning.
- Skills in family, community, and staff relations.
- Child Care Centers, Preschools and Nursery Schools
- Elementary schools as paraprofessionals
- Early Childhood Family Education
- Early Childhood Special Education
- Extended day school-age programs
- Home-based settings: Family child care, Nannies and Home
- Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies
- Hospitals and Child Life Programs
- Head Start
- Children's Home Society
- Public Schools
- The employment outlook is estimated to grow faster than average through 2010.
- Opportunities exist for students to transfer to a 4-year institution after earning the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree or Associate in Science (AS).
- Scholarship money is available for those who are already in the field and want to earn a degree.
- An accelerated cohort program is available for those who are already in the field and want to earn a degree going to school one night a week.