Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education is a 3 year program located at North High School. It is a part of the Akron Children's Hospital Health and Human Services Academy.

In this pathway, students will learn about child development, observation and assessment methods, lesson planning, and education theory. Students will also be working in two in-house preschool classrooms to gain knowledge and experience working with children. In the final year of the program, students will have the opportunity to go out for internships working in preschool or elementary classrooms, or any occupation related to children (social work, counseling, etc).

Students will also have the opportunity to work toward their CDA (Child Developmental Associate) credential. This credential is vital for students looking to enter the workforce directly out of high school. This credential allows students to own and operate their own daycare, work as a head teacher in a preschool classroom, and more! Future employers look for applicants with this credential to show their passion and commitment to Early Childhood Education.

Students in the ECE pathway will also be a part of the organization called FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America). In this organization, students have access to leadership opportunities, scholarships, and can go to regional, state, and even national levels of competition. There are many competitive events available to students in FCCLA, including both events that directly relate to ECE and those that relate to other subject matter. Students can also particpate in Fall Leadership Camp, Regional Conference, and many other events. Find out more about FCCLA here --> www.fcclainc.org OR www.ohiofccla.org

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