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Early Childhood Development

 Course Description
 
Early Childhood Development provides students with specific training for occupations as a pre-school teacher, infant teacher, before and after school care teacher, family day care provider, foster care parent, teacher aide, camp counselor and recreation aide. Instruction includes: child development, learning environment design, behavior management, working with special needs, child health and safety, trends in education, multicultural education principles, instructional strategies, curriculum and lesson plans, and laws and regulations relating to early childhood education services. Career preparations standards, which include basic academic, communication, and interpersonal and problem-solving skills are integrated throughout the course. Students may have the opportunity to train in an early childhood education facility and apply knowledge and skills.
 
 Why Early Childhood Development?
 

Are you the kind of person who wants to have an impact on the future? There are dozens of wonderful careers in the field of child development and early care and education (ECE). There are also other work opportunities where knowledge of child development is important. The field of ECE needs trained, creative educators and caregivers to provide high quality services to young children and families in a variety of settings, including Head Start and State Preschool, full-day early care and education, and before-and-after school supervised enrichment.

In child development and early childhood education (ECE) there are three primary work settings: child care and development centers including infant/toddler and preschool programs for children under age 6; family child care homes; and school age programs either at a school site or a community setting. 
 
 Whether your ambition is to be the lead teacher in a classroom, to operate your business from your home, or to develop a specialization that takes you out of the classroom, education and training are the keys to success. You can begin at one occupation, and continue to obtain your education while you work so that you can take advantage of promotional opportunities to move into the career/occupation of your choice when you are ready.
 
 Career Outlook
 
 Continuing Education Opportunities
  • AA in Early Childhood Education
  • Certificate of Achievement
  • Child Development: Teacher
  • Certificate of Achievement
  • Child Development: Associate Teacher

Career Options in Child Development

  • Instructional Assistantnormal
  • Child Development Teachernormal
  • Preschool Teachernormal
  • Early Childhood Special Education Teacher
  • Daycare Facilities

Sample Salaries in Child Development Careers*

Instructional Assistant                    $14.00 hourly
Preschool Teacher - Hourly            $13.67 hourly
Preschool Teacher                          $33,886 per year
 

 *Source:  Bureau of Labor Statistics

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