EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND SERVICES I Course No. 8285
2 years – 6 credits – Advanced Career Education (ACE) Center at Highland Springs
State Course Title: Early Childhood, Education, and Services I, Early Childhood, Education, and Services II.
Do you have a passion for nurturing young minds and helping them discover the world? Do you want to make a positive difference in the lives of children and their families? If so, you might want to consider a career in early childhood education. Early childhood educators are essential for the development and well-being of children. They create safe and stimulating environments where children can learn, play, and grow. Early Childhood Education can also help you pursue your dream of becoming a schoolteacher.
This course is ideal for students interested in nurturing and elevating preschool aged children socially, emotionally and academically. Students enrolled in this two-year program will be provided with the knowledge and skills necessary for success in the field of education. Included in this course of study are: human growth and development, healthy and safe environments, age-appropriate skills and activities, lesson planning, classroom management and best practices for working with young children and their families. Students enrolled in this class will work directly with preschoolers enrolled in Springer Preschool Academy which is a full-day preschool for the children of teachers and staff in the surrounding schools.
The second-year course emphasizes professionalism in early childhood education settings. Students participate in portfolio construction, interviewing skills and will have the opportunity to gain work experience in the community during their senior year. Students will work towards obtaining industry certifications applicable to Early Childhood Education fields. Personal growth and leadership opportunities are provided through the student organization FCCLA.
Students have the opportunity to become certified in the following field(s):
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND SERVICES I
- Early Childhood Basic
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND SERVICES II
- Early Childhood Advanced
- ParaPro Certification
- Workplace Readiness
The cost to take the certification test is paid for by Henrico County Public Schools.
For questions please contact the class specialist through their page.
Please see your counselor or instructor if you have questions. Click here for more information on this program.
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(According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook)