Early Childhood Education/Occupations

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Early Childhood Education/Occupations (ECE II) is a more in-depth study of safety, health, nutrition, child guidance, observations, and program management/professionalism. The course is hands-on with students doing a combination of class work and implementation of learning on-site in the PIRCTC/ACAP Collaborative Head Start classroom, Pine Street Elementary School, and/or local childcare centers in Head Start, Pre-K, and childcare classrooms for children ranging in age from infants through 4.  This is a clinical-based program which includes a laboratory experience for applying learning as well as time for observing, assessing, and interacting with children.  Students work directly with young children in designated classrooms assisting with arts and crafts, science, motor skills, dramatic play, table manners, reading, story time, music and movement activities and behavior management. For example, students will develop lesson plans and have an opportunity to conduct their lessons with the children. Students also assist with daily clean-up duties and classroom maintenance. Students become certified in CPR and First Aid in preparation for entrance to a college program or to enter the work force.


ECE I, Early Childhood Development, in combination with ECE II – Early Childhood Education/Occupations, are based on the requirements for the Child Development Associate Credential (CDA), a professional national accreditation program.  Additionally, the two year program may also be used by eligible students for dual enrollment at NMCC for 9 college credits.



This course is held at PIRCTC in room 312.