Early Childhood Occupations


Eva Rodd












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. This course is also a good starting point for those who are interested in speech therapy, occupational therapy or social work. 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

Northern Maine Community College

Southern Maine Community College Suggested Integrated Academic Credit:

English Language Arts Science Social Studies

Career Opportunities:

Infant/Toddler Caregiver

Preschool Teacher

Elementary Teacher

Home Childcare Provider

Childcare Director


Positive Attendance History

Ensure a safe environment; respond quickly to children in the event of an emergency and implement emergency response plan in a prompt and calm matter.

Actively participate in and support an early childhood education settings daily routine, including but not limited to sustained periods of mobility, physically interacting with children, and participating in and facilitating gross motor activities (including ability to sufficiently bend, reach and lift small children).

Effective verbal and written communication to support collaborative professional relationships with colleagues and children’s families as well as develop curriculum and accurately report children’s daily progress.