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Early Childhood Education
The Early Childhood Education curriculum prepares individuals to work with children from infancy through middle childhood in diverse learning environments. Students will combine learned theories with practice in actual settings with young children under the supervision of qualified teachers. Course work includes child growth and development; physical/ nutritional needs of children; care and guidance of children; and communication skills with parents and children. Students will foster the cognitive/language, physical/motor, social/emotional, and creative development of young children. Graduates are prepared to plan and implement developmentally appropriate programs in early childhood settings. Employment opportunities include child development and child care programs, preschools, public and private schools, recreational centers, Head Start Programs, and school-age programs. Program Graduation Requirements: The Early Childhood Education Department is currently seeking National Accreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The standards for students are rigorous and require students to perform at a minimum competency level. Due to the minimum competency level expected for graduates, the Education Department requires a grade of “C” or higher on all required Education Courses for graduation with a certificate, diploma, or degree.