Woodville Tompkins Technical & Career High School and Windsor Forest High Schools
Reinforced Academics: English, Math, Science
Student Organization: FCCLA
Certification Opportunities: Entry Level Childcare Training (ELCCT), Early Childhood Education Pre-Professional
Early Childhood Education Career Pathway Courses Offered
Introduction to Early Childhood Care and Education - Introduction to Early Childhood Care prepares the student for employment in early childhood education and services. The course also provides a foundation for advanced study leading to postsecondary education and careers in related fields. The course addresses early childhood care, education, and development issues that include guiding the physical, cognitive, creative, social, emotional, and moral development of children. This course of study includes planning and guiding developmentally appropriate practices for working with young children, including career paths, principles and theories of child development, the creation of a developmentally appropriate learning environment, collaborative relationships and guidance, lesson planning, and appropriate response to cultural diversity and students with special needs.
Human Growth and Development for Early Childhood - Human Growth and Development for Early Childhood addresses the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors associated with supporting and promoting optimal growth and development of infants and children. Topics that may be addressed include principles of physical, emotional, social, cognitive, and moral development; human needs across the ages and stages of childhood; impacts of family and societal crisis on the development of the child; and career decisions. Mastery of standards through project based learning, technical skills practice, and leadership development activities of the career and technical student organizations will provide students with a competitive edge for either entry into the education global marketplace and/or the post-secondary institution of their choice to continue their education and training.
Health, Safety and Nutrition for the Young Child - Health, Safety and Nutrition for the Young Child introduces the theory, practices, and requirements for establishing and maintaining a safe, healthy learning environment. This course develops skills for employment in early childhood-related occupations, including professional issues and work ethics; developmentally appropriate practices; health, safety and nutrition education; certification in CPR/First Aid/Fire Safety; child abuse and neglect; symptoms and prevention of major childhood illnesses and diseases; and prevention and control of communicable illnesses. Practical applications through service learning, volunteer experiences, and internships will be included. The development of an educational portfolio for employment in early childhood education is required.
Early Childhood Education Internship - The internship offers a candidate in the Early Childhood Education career pathway a field experience under the direct supervision of a certified early childhood educator (mentor). The internship stresses observing, analyzing, and classifying activities of the mentor and comparing personal traits with those of successful early childhood educators. The candidate intern will develop a portfolio of their skills, plan and teach a lesson or lessons, understand and practice confidentiality as it pertains to early childhood education, meet the needs of special education students, maintain the safety of the students, and practice professionalism and ethical behavior.