Early Childhood Education One- or two-year program offered to junior and senior students. The courses include a study of growth and development; early childhood learning theories; types of early childhood programs; teaching methods and procedures; the role of the child care professional; and working with young children with special needs. This program provides preparation and a practicum for students interested in a variety of educational fields, such as; preschool teachers, teacher’s aides, elementary teachers, speech/pathology teachers, and social workers. First year students will work on a weekly basis with children at our on-site laboratory called ”Kiddie Kampus Preschool”. Second year students will work with a cooperating teacher at a work-based learning site for three days a week during both semesters of the school year. This work-based learning site could be a daycare center, preschool program, elementary school, or a location specific to a students’ career interest. (i.e.: special education, speech teacher, social worker)
Gateways to Opportunity Level 1 Credential for first year students; 3 Articulated Credits with SVCC: ECE 114 or ECE 115 offered alternatively over two years.
Recommended Student Criteria: Students enrolled in Early Childhood Education will be required to work in the WACC preschool with young children ages three to five years old. Students should be able to sit on the floor with the preschool children, have the dexterity to perform crafts with the children, and have the strength to restrain a child if needed for the child’s safety. (For example, prevent a child from running out the door.) Students should not have a history of violent behavior. Students should have the maturity and aptitude to work with young children. For example, a student who could not be recommended for a babysitting job should not be recommended for Early Childhood Education.