Family and Consumer Science
Education & Training Career Cluster
Early Childhood Education Pathway
Early Childhood Education I
The Early Childhood Education I course is the foundational course under the Early Childhood Care & Education pathway and prepares the student for employment in early childhood education and services. The course addresses the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors associated with supporting and promoting optimal growth and development of infants and children. The pre-requisite for this course is advisor approval.
Early Childhood Education II
Early Childhood Education II is the second course in the Early Childhood Care and Education
pathway and further prepares the student for employment in early childhood care and education
services. The course provides a history of education, licensing and accreditation requirements,
and foundations of basic observation practices and applications. Early childhood care,
education, and development issues are also addressed and include health, safety, and nutrition
education; certification in CPR/First Aid/Fire Safety; information about child abuse and neglect;
symptoms and prevention of major childhood illnesses and diseases; and prevention and control
of communicable illnesses.
Early Childhood Education III
Early Childhood Education III is the third course in the Early Childhood Care and Education pathway and one option for program completers who may not have the opportunity of participating in the Early Childhood Education Internship. The course provides in-depth study of early brain development and its implications for early learning, appropriate technology integration, and developmentally appropriate parenting and child guidance trends. Also addressed are collaborative parent/teacher/child relationships and guidance, child directed play, the changing dynamics of family culture and diversity, the causes and effects of stress on young children, and infant nutrition.
Mastery of standards through project based learning, laboratory application, 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 when continuing their education and training.