Early Childhood Education
The programs in Early Childhood Education are designed to teach you specialized, practical skills and techniques at a high level of proficiency, the kinds of skills used every day in preschool programs, public and private schools, child care facilities, youth centers, and social service agencies in many places. Early Chlidhood Education prepares you to teach infants and children through the age of eight (3rd grade) in all subjects. Preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school teachers introduce children to math, language, science, and social studies. They use games, music, artwork, films, books, computer and other tools to teach basic skills and knowledge.
Different states and school systems require different levels of education and training for people wishing to teach. Here is a general idea of what education levels are required. Employers require day care workers, preschool teachers, kindergarten, and elementary school teachers to hold at least a certificate or associate degree in early childhood education. A prospective public elementary school teacher must earn a bachelor's degree or higher. Finally, a master's or PhD in education qualifies you for job opportunities in school administration.
Programs in Early Childhood Education differ based on the school and the degree level, but here is a short list of possible ECE courses you may take:
As schools strive to meet new standards in providing students with personal attention and remedial education, the need for trained Early Childhood Education professionals increases. In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor predicts jobs in this field to grow 12% through 2012.
- Child Growth and Development
- Child Health, Safety, and Nutrition
- Classroom Management
- Instructional Technology
- Educational and Child Psychology
- Reading and Math for Young Children
- Teaching Children with Special Needs
- Chlldren's Literature
Career opportunities in Early Childhood Education include:
- Center based programs
- School age programs
- Family child care homes
- Early interventions programs
- School administration
Child Development / Preschool & Infant/Toddler - Bachelor of Science
With the Dual Concentration (Preschool and Infant/Toddler), you examine the foundations of development and the importance of relationships to the social and emotional well-being of infants and toddlers. You also explore the roles and responsibilities of the preschool professional and the development of language and vocabulary, social skills, and scientific and mathematical concepts in preschool children. Through the Making Connections courses, you keep up-to-date with discussions and explorations of current research, trends, and issues that are impacting the lives of young children, their families, and your work as an early care and education professional.
The Bachelor of Science in Child Development courses are based on the standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). These standards are critical indicators of quality in early childhood care and education and their inclusion reflects the integrity of the Walden learning experience as well as its relevancy in an educational setting.
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