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    Early Childhood Education (Grades 11-12)

    You will learn:

    Developmentally appropriate activities for young children, appropriate practices for guidance and discipline, application of basic health and safety principles, care regulations and licensing requirements.

    Students in the first year of the Early Childhood Education program will study the growth, development, basic needs, health, safety, nutrition, behavior, and guidance of infants and young children in order to gain an understanding of their physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development. With the instructor's recommendation, students may continue with a second year in the program.

    In the second year, students take a more active part in planning, leading, and supervising activites. A focus will continue to be on health, safety, and nutrition of the young child.

    Practical Experience:

    In addition to classroom education, students will also participate in a highly superviesd child care center, learning to plan, lead, and take an active part in the direction and supervision of young children.

    Internship Opportunities:

    During the final semester of the second year program, an internship program with child care providers amy be available to qualifying students. The availability of internships is based on performance, attendance, and attitude, and requires instructor recommendation.

    Course Objectives:

    The Early Childhood Education program at HHCC was developed based upon the Child Development Associate (CDA) competency goals and functional areas as outlined below:

    • To advance physical and intellectual competence
    • To ensure a well-run, pruposeful program responsive to participant needs
    • To establish and maintain a safe, healthy learning environment
    • To establish positive and productive relationships with families
    • To maintain a commitment to professionalism
    • To support social and emotional development and provide positive guidance

    Student Profile:

    A successful student in Early Childhood Education should enjoy working with young children, and be dependable, knowledgeable, and patient.

    Post-Secondary Education Credit:

    Upon successful completion of this program, students may be eligible for up to six college credit hours through Ivy Tech Community College.


    • Must be a Junior or Senior
    • Suggested course prerequisites include: Arts and Crafts, Child Development, Family Relations, Food and Nutrition, Interpersonal Relations

    Additional Requirements:

    Annual TB test
    CPR Training
    Physical Exam

    Length of Course: 1 or 2 years

    Swanson, Rebecca