Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education I presents the history and philosophy of early childhood education. Areas of development from birth through age 5 are covered. Curriculum styles and observations methods are introduced and practiced. Students prepare for operation of a lab preschool. Career interests and opportunities are covered.  Students prepare a professional portfolio including resume, cover letter, lesson plan samples, and class work. Upon completion of an introductory period, these students will plan and implement pre-school three days per week. Students earn a Level I Early Childhood Education Credential.

Early Childhood Education II is a continuation of Early Childhood Education I.  Emphasis is placed on the management aspects of the lab preschool as well as various early childhood programs.  Students explore program types including philosophies and goals, program quality, licensing and registration laws, budgeting, staffing, inventory management, and public relations.  Students continue the development of their professional portfolio.  Students in good standing will be given the opportunity to intern at local early childhood sites.

Certification Opportunities
- Early Childhood Education - Level I (Illinois Gateway to Opportunity)


-SkillsUSA Early Childhood Education
-Skills USA Preschool Interactive Bulletin Board

Enrichment Opportunities

-Heartland College Child Development Lab Tour
-Internships at local elementary schools
-Children's Advocacy Center Tour

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