This course is designed to train students as child care workers and to prepare them to further their education as a pre-school, early childhood or elementary teacher. This course will involve the total development (social, physical, emotional and intellectual) of the child. Students study nutrition and meal preparation, behavior management, the exceptional child and child care employment opportunities. Students will gain management and supervisory skills, while assisting in the planning and operation of the nursery/preschool.
Dual Credit with SWIC:
ECE 110 - 3 credits
ECE 114 - 3 credits
What to Expect:
In the first year of the program, students learn how to prepare lesson plans and expected behaviors of preschool aged children.Students learn how to lesson plan and run the preschool with different centers such as: sensory, math, science, drama, easel, computers, blocks, and art. In the preschool, Mrs. Geppert or Ms. Perry conduct all the circles at first. But by 2nd quarter, students will be reading to the children and preparing lesson plans for circle time. By the end of the year the high school students are conducting circles alone. Some other chapters covered are state licensing requirements, types of pro-grams, and child abuse is discussed.
In the second year of the program, students set up the preschool and learn about handling parent teacher conferences, assessing children, special needs, theorists, etc. In the preschool, second year students are role models for first year, helping them understand how to manage the preschool. During the second quarter the second year students are eligible to leave to an area elementary school to student teach their choice of Kindergarten through fourth grade. Second year also plans the yearly events such as: the Circus, Olympics, Graduation, field trips and classroom visitors.
Career Opportunities and Job Titles:
Entry-level after Junior College Program leading to an Associate Degree or Certificate Program
Entry-level after Baccalaureate Degree: