Early Childhood Education/Occupations is a more in-depth study of safety, health, nutrition, child guidance, observations, and program management/professionalism. This class also has a heightened emphasis on the history of child development theories and research. The course is hands-on with students doing a combination of classwork and implementation of learning on-site in the PITC/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. For example, students will develop lesson plans and have an opportunity to conduct at least one of their lessons with the children. Students become certified in Pediatric First Aid and CPR/AED and can earn their 10-hour OSHA certificate.
Early Childhood Development, in combination with Early Childhood Education/Occupations, is based on the requirements for the Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) and 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.