Early Childhood Occupations

Instructor:
Eva Rodd

Email:
roddev@portlandschools.org

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Program Description:
This course is designed for students who are preparing for careers in teaching and caring for young children, birth through age eight. The course provides a foundation in child development, family systems, childcare management, and teaching at the early elementary level. Students plan and manage a campus child development lab program, and intern in community-based programs and area elementary schools. The course has been designed with multiple entry and exit points so that students may enroll for one to four semesters, choosing work that matches their needs and future teaching plans. Students who complete all required coursework are eligible to take the Child Development Associate (CDA) certification exam. The CDA is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education and is a key stepping stone on the path of career advancement in early childhood education.
 

Curriculum:
Healthy & Safe Environments
Child Development Relationships With Families
Observation & Assessment
Developmentally Appropriate Practices
Guidance
Individual & Cultural Diversity
Business & Professional Development

Certification:
Child Development Associate (CDA)

 

College Credit for CDA:
Central Maine Community College: ECE-100 (3 credits)
Northern Maine Community College: ECE-101 (3 credits), ECE 105 (3 credits) & ECE 192 (3 credits)

Career Opportunities:
Infant/toddler caregiver
Preschool teacher
Elementary teacher
Home childcare provider
Childcare director