Early Childhood Education (600 hours)

PURPOSE: This program offers a sequence of courses that provides coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in the Education and Training career cluster; provides technical skill proficiency, and includes competency-based applied learning that contributes to the academic knowledge, higher-order reasoning and problem-solving skills, work attitudes, general employability skills, technical skills, and occupation-specific skills, and knowledge of all aspects of the Education and Training career cluster.

The content includes but is not limited to competencies related to the following elements of the Early Childhood industry:  planning, management, finance, technical and production skills; underlying principles of technology; labor, community, health, safety, and environmental issues; and developmentally appropriate practices for children birth through age eight. 

PROGRAM STRUCTURE: This program is a planned sequence of instruction consisting of 600 clock hours and four occupational completion points.  The program is comprised of 120 hours of classroom instruction and 480 hours of direct work with children.  Upon completion of this program and meeting all requirements, students are awarded the Early Childhood Professional Certificate (ECPC).

The following table illustrates the post-secondary program structure:

HOURS:

  • OCP A  Child Care Worker 1  150
  • OCP B  Child Care Worker 1  150
  • OCP C  Teacher Aide (Preschool)  150
  • OCP D  Preschool Teacher  150

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