Why Choose Early Childhood Education Diploma at CLC?
• Experienced Instructors – program instructors have more than 60 years combined experience in special education, childcare, and vocational rehabilitation/counseling.
• Placement – graduates have enjoyed nearly 100% career related job placement.
• Flexible and Convenient – combination of hybrid and online courses allows for flexible student work time and weekly connections to faculty and classmates.
• Articulated Credits – CLC has agreements with eight area high schools to accept high school child development course work.
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION DIPLOMA CURRICULUM
Program Course Requirements
First Year – Fall Semester
CDEV 1102 Introduction to Early Childhood Education (3 cr)
CDEV 1104 Child Growth and Development (3 cr)
CDEV 1106 Child Health, Wellness, Safety, and Nutrition (3 cr)
CDEV 2106 Creative Activities and the Learning Environment (3 cr) OR CDEV 2116 Infant and Toddler Development, Learning, and Responsive Relationships (3 cr)
ENGL 1410 Composition I (4 cr) OR ENGL 1422 Practical Writing (3 cr)
Total 15 – 16 Credits
First Year – Spring Semester
CDEV 1112* Child Behavior and Guidance (3 cr)
CDEV 1114* Diverse Children and Family Relations (3 cr)
CDEV 1116* Integration of Play (3 cr)
CDEV 2206* Careers and Business Strategies in Early Childhood (3 cr)
CDEV 2110* Internship (3 – 4 cr)
Total 15 – 16 Credits
GRADUATION REQUIREMENT – 31 CREDITS
Career Description: The Early Childhood Education Program prepares individuals to independently provide a healthy, safe, developmentally appropriate learning environment in support of families and children. The program meets current hiring standards of center-based childcare programs, Head Start, family childcare and paraprofessional job positions.
Program Information: The Early Childhood Education Program prepares individuals to independently provide a healthy, safe, developmentally appropriate learning environment in support of families and children. The program meets current hiring standards of center-based childcare programs, Head Start, and family childcare positions.
Graduates will be able to:
- Integrate child development theory with appropriate practice in early care and education settings;
- Plan, prepare, and implement effective instruction;
- Demonstrate effective oral and written communications with families, coworkers, agencies, and early childhood partners;
- Incorporate and demonstrate diverse teaching and guidance strategies appropriate to addressing the needs of children, families, and communities;
- Plan, prepare, and implement developmentally appropriate and culturally relevant activities to nurture cognitive, physical, language, social and emotional development;
- Recognize the importance of play to healthy child development and incorporate play based learning into early childhood environments;
- Demonstrate the skills of observation and record keeping of child development and learning;
- Apply professional behavior in daily work with children, families, co-workers and the community;
- Create and consistently maintain an appropriate, safe, healthy learning environment for children; and
- Recognize ethical, legal and professional responsibilities
Special Program Requirements:
This program requires students to pass a Minnesota background check to participate in all of the field experiences and internships.
Admissions: This program requires students to pass a Minnesota background check to participate in all of the field experiences and internships. This program is a member of E-LECT (e-learning for early childhood teachers), which offers an associate in applied science (A.A.S.) degree and diploma online. Talk with an advisor or admissions counselor for more details.
Career Opportunities: Graduates of this program are prepared to work at childcare centers, Head Start programs, school districts, preschools, family childcare and after school programs.
Career Titles: This program will help students prepare for a wide range of careers, including the following: Nanny, Camp Counselor, Guardian ad Litem, Assistant Teacher, Child Care Center Director, Youth Worker, Recreation Leader/Director, Child Care Lead Teacher, Teacher’s Aide, Family Child Care Provider, School Age Child Care Provider
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