American Academy of Pediatrics
American Montessori Society
American Psychological Association Association for Childhood Education International
BabyCenter Bella Online – The Voice of Women
Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning
Child Development Institute
Child Welfare Information Gateway
Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood
Facts for Families
Head of the Class
Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders (ICDL)
Let’s Play! Projects
National Association for Family Child Care
National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in State Departments of Education
National Network for Child Care
National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education
Nienhuis Montessori USA
RESEARCH NETWORK ON EARLY EXPERIENCE AND BRAIN DEVELOPMENT
The Brazelton Institute
The Children’s Defense Fund
The National Association of Child Care Professionals
What Are “Special Needs”?
Administration for Children and Families/Head Start
The Arc (formerly National Association of Retarded Citizens)
Carnegie Corporation of New York: New Directions in Education
Center for the Child Care Workforce
Child Care Information Exchange
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Child Abuse America
Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Council for Exceptional Children
Council for Professional Recognition
Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services
Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale
Families and Work Institute
National Art Education Association
National Association for Sports and Physical Education
National Black Child Development Institute
National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing
National Institute for Early Education Research
Practical Assessment, Research, and Evaluation
Raising a Reader Early Literacy Program
Rand Corporation Study
Society for Research in Child Development
Teachers Resisting Unhealthy Children’s Entertainment
Urban Programs Resource Network
WestEd/Far West Laboratory
Early Childhood Education FAQ
1. Provide a brief description of your department and list the programs within your department.
The Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education is designed to provide students with the knowledge base and technical skills required to obtain entry level employment in the field of early childhood education. To achieve this goal, the ECE curriculum provides study in child growth and development, health, safety and nutrition, language arts, child guidance and assessment, and general knowledge on how to best interact with children who have special needs. Additional course work in general education assists the graduate in growing professionally and in developing the ability to assume leadership roles.
The intent of the Early Childhood Education program is for graduates to:
- Describe growth and developmental stages including cognitive and socio-emotional development of young children.
- Apply principles and practices of child development, cultural diversity and assessment techniques (National Association for the Education of Young Children – NAEYC) to create healthy, respectful, supportive and challenging learning environments for young children.
- Demonstrate an awareness of the teacher’s responsibility in child abuse and special need situations and access and utilize the full range of related support services.
- Cultivate mutual relationships among family, school and the community to maximize learning opportunities.
- Employ relevant regulatory, organizational, and professional rules and standards associated with the provision of early childhood education.
2. List possible job opportunities / career opportunities for each program.
Graduates from the associate’s degree program in Early Childhood Education can anticipate applying for entry level positions in the following types of locations:
- Center-based programs
- School-age programs
- Family child care homes
- Group child care homes
- Child care resource and referral organizations
- Early intervention settings
- Early childhood special education programs
- Before and after school care
- Pre-schools/nursery schools
- Early childhood development centers
- Head Start program
3. What are the job responsibilities and duties?
The responsibilities and duties vary depending on the position.
4. How do you become successful in the field?
Support skills are necessary to ensure the effective use of the knowledge and skills set forth in the five basic competency standards within the associate’s degree program in Early Childhood Education. These general/professional skills are included as a portion of every course within the program and are important for success in an entry-level position in the field of early childhood education. These skills are:
- Mastery of general education
- Written and verbal communication skills
- Transfer of learning
- Readiness to learn
- Practical application of theory/concepts
5. What are the current and future trends?
Changes in Ohio accreditation laws require that Early Childhood Educators have at least an associate’s degree to work in a child care program.
6. What is the certifications requirement in this profession? Is certification a requirement for graduation or job?
For the positions listed above, no certification is required.
7. Please add additional questions / responses important to your department / program.
- NAEYC Membership: Students enrolled in the ECE program are encouraged to expand their opportunities for learning and networking by becoming a member of a professional organization such as the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Student memberships in this organization are available. For more information on NAEYC, go to their website at Naeyc.
- Club Information: The ECE program encourages all students to be involved in the ECE Club. Meetings are held once a month, on-campus. The ECE Club organizes fundraisers to provide school supplies and coats for the students at Woodlawn Elementary School, our community partnership school.
- Practicum / Externship Experiences: 9 of the 13 ECE courses give students the opportunity to apply what they have learned in the real world and network with practicing professionals.
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