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This course of instruction prepares individuals for teaching in licensed centers that provide care for learners in early childhood. It provides teaching candidates with an opportunity to earn professional recognition beyond secondary education or if their degree is in a different field. Graduates may find suitable employment in the child care industry as a teacher, teacher assistant or working in registered child care homes. Students will learn different principles of child growth and development and the responsibilities and standards of teachers working in licensed child care facilities. Upon completion of this program students will be able to apply their knowledge base and improve their skill level in a child care environment.
Admission Requirements
Individuals applying for this course are required to:
  • Have 480 hours (three months full time) of child care experience in a licensed facility.
  • be at least 18 years of age (applicants under the age of 18 require written permission from their instructor of a child care professional career track at their high school in order to enroll); and
  • present proof of secondary education (high school diploma or GED certificate).
Basic Program Information
  • Classes are offered every second weekend of the month.
  • Classes are for two weekends, and there is an online component and a field experience requirement.
  • Classes are offered Friday 6:00pm – 10:00pm and Saturday and Sunday 8:00am – 6:00pm
  • Students create a professional resource file that is comprehensive of everything covered in the class.
  • Students may begin working on the resource file before class starts.
  • Students are assigned an advisor.
Basic Topics Covered Include
  • Planning a Safe and Healthy Environment
  • Steps to Advance Children's Physical and Intellectual Development
  • Positive Ways to Support Children's Social and Emotional Development
  • Strategies to Establish Productive Relationships with Families
  • Maintaining a Commitment to Professionalism
  • Strategies to Manage an Effective Program
  • Managing to Meet the Minimum Standards
  • Code of Ethical Conduct
  • Principles of Child Growth and Development
  • Principles of Administration
  • Responsibility to Populations with Special Needs
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Nutrition and Food Service
  • Abuse/Neglect Issues
  • A Specialization in Infant Care, Pre-School Care, or School Age Care must be selected


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