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Early Childhood Education

Instructor Netti Byrd

Early Childhood Education I

This course begins with an introduction to personal and professional preparation for continued education, training, and careers in early childhood. Major topics of study in this course are stages of child development, ranging from birth through age twelve, and children’s health and safety. Students are introduced to MSDH Guidelines and Regulations Governing Child Care Facilities. Other topics covered are related to the importance of observing and assessing children. Methods of child guidance techniques are also introduced in this course.  Students will participate in field experience, internships, and job-shadowing. Students will develop skills toward meeting requirements for the CDA (Child Development Associate) credential.

 

Early Childhood Education II

This course focuses on curriculum planning and the development of age appropriate activities and lesson plans that encompass all areas of child development, and administration and management techniques needed in order to operate a successful, quality child care facility. Other major topics covered in this course are related to state licensing requirements for child care facilities, management principles as a center director (including responsibilities regarding management of personnel, the facility’s physical indoor and outdoor space, inventory, record-keeping, accreditation, parental involvement, marketing, budgeting, and maintaining a healthy, effective learning environment). Students will continue to develop educational, career, and professional plans in the area of early childhood.  Students will participate in field experience, internships, and job-shadowing.  Students will continue to develop skills toward meeting requirements for the CDA (Child Development Associate) credential.