Early Childhood Education

 

Program Summary


Career Opportunities


Certifications


Course of Study


 


PROGRAM SUMMARY – EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

Students develop necessary skills to become educators and care givers for infants, toddlers, and preschool aged children. ECE students assist in Northeast’s on-site preschool, as well as in early childhood learning centers in the community. ECE students develop skills to foster appropriate social relationships among the preschoolers and guiding them as they learn through play. Students successfully completing the ECE program become State Certified Preschool Teachers.

 

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CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Upon graduation, students are employable as:

  • Nanny
  • Pre-school Teacher
  • Pre-school Teaching Assistant
  • Family Day Care Provider

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION GRADUATES HAVE BEEN EMPLOYED BY THE FOLLOWING COMPANIES:

  • KinderCare, Stoneham, MA
  • Creative Corner, Winchester, MA
  • Little Professionals, Woburn, MA
  • Best Friends, Chelsea, MA

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CERTIFICATIONS

COLLEGE ARTICULATION AGREEMENT:

  • North Shore Community College

COLLEGE ACCEPTED PROGRAMS:

  • Salem State University
  • Wheelock College
  • Bay State College
  • Lesley University
  • Middlesex Community College
  • Becker College

LICENSES:

  • Early Childhood Education and Care (Preschool Teacher and/or Infant/Toddler)
  • Red Cross CPR and Basic First Aid
  • OSHA Career Safe

 

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COURSE OF STUDY

GRADE 9 EXPLORATORY – COURSE #ECX 1 CREDIT
Students participate in hands-on activities introduced to the field of Early Childhood Education and receive exposure to safety topics inside/outside the preschool environment.

GRADE 9 SHOP – COURSE #ECXF-16 10 CREDITS
Students are actively engaged in the daily activities of the preschool. They are supported in initiating appropriate conversations with the preschool children and assuming an active role in their play. Students are expected to follow shop rules and safety practices as outlined by the preschool and State guidelines.

GRADE 10 SHOP – COURSE #EC2 20 CREDITS
Students are introduced to planning and implementing daily activities under the supervision of head teachers. The sophomore curriculum includes lesson planning, introduction to careers in Early Childhood Education, and the physical, intellectual, emotional and social development of preschool aged children. Students learn how to appropriately talk to children and impart age appropriate behavior management techniques. Grade 10 ECE students gain an understanding of the importance of learning through play in all areas of the preschool curriculum and develop teamwork skills by working closely with Grade 12 students. Students will also prepare to become OSHA certified by the end of their sophomore year.

GRADE 10 RELATED – COURSE #EC2R 5 CREDITS
Students gain knowledge of the needs of various ages and learn how to supervise young children. Students learn how to determine socially acceptable behavior and handle negative behaviors as well as the signs of child abuse and neglect. Furthermore, students become familiar with age appropriate curriculum planning and implementation, explore the value of play in the preschool setting and become involved in daily activities by extending play.

GRADE 11 SHOP – COURSE #EC3 25 CREDITS
Students plan, implement, and direct weekly thematic based units. Students also work on bulletin boards, children’s portfolios and end of the year preschool evaluations.

GRADE 11 RELATED – COURSE #EC3R 5 CREDITS
Students explore the field of early childhood education through understanding the traits of a quality child care program. They become aware of the characteristics that make up a competent child care professional and learn what is required to operate a child care center effectively. Furthermore, students learn how to set up an appropriate environment for children to learn and understand and implement health and safety practices. Emphasis is placed on organizing and implementing an early learning program and starting their Junior/Senior Project.

GRADE 12 SHOP – COURSE #EC4 25 CREDITS
In the Senior year, students put into practice their early education and care competencies by overseeing the preschool program. Seniors, while supervised by their instructors, manage the daily activities of the preschoolers. If eligible, students participate in externship programs in early childhood centers in the community. When students are eligible, they are able to work towards the Early Education and Care Infant/Toddler Teacher certification.

GRADE 12 RELATED – COURSE #EC4R 5 CREDITS
Students spend senior year researching the state mandated child care regulations. Additionally, students work to complete their Junior/Senior Project, and build a resume with letters of recommendation.

 

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