The Early Childhood Program develops the knowledge and competencies of students interested in teaching or working in a variety of roles within the field of Early Childhood Education. Early Childhood encompasses ages zero to age eight, and students are provided with a sound theoretical foundation related to the principles of child growth and development. Students are also educated with a functional understanding of programs and curricula appropriate for teaching and supporting children throughout the early years of development.
Skill emphases in the Early Childhood Program at LCSC are guided by the NAEYC Standards for Professional Preparation. The NAEYC Standards include:
Standard 1: Promoting Child Development and Learning
Standard 2: Building Family and Community Relationships
Standard 3: Observing, documenting, and assessing to support young children and families
Standard 4: Using Developmentally Effective Approaches
Standard 5: Using content Knowledge to build meaningful curriculum
Standard 6: Becoming a Professional
Standard 7: Early Childhood field experiences
Students are trained with hands-on experience to make appropriate and objective observations, write accurate assessments, practice positive approaches to guidance, and develop curriculum plans based on children’s interests at their practicum sites. Students spend approximately 8- 10 hours a week at an approved practicum site in their second, third and fourth semesters of the program. Students must complete an Early Childhood Program Application before being released to register for coursework beyond the first semester. Students must obtain a clear Criminal Background Check and fingerprinting, Pediatric CPR/First Aid Certification, TB Clearance, current health check, and current immunization record.
Upon completion of the Early Childhood Development program, students will be able to:
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