WESTERN SUFFOLK BOCES. L.A. WILSON TECH EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION and CARE I & II. Early Childhood Education I. Course overview :
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L.A. WILSON TECH
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION and CARE I & II
This is the first of a two year program which is designed to prepare the student for a career as an instructional aide in the field of Early Childhood Education. Units of instruction include child development study and participation in an on-site learning laboratory with three to five year olds from the local community.
The primary goal of this course is to provide students with the education and training required to develop the skills necessary to work with preschoolers.
The students will also develop basic employability skills required to work in
Units of Study
The first year course is divided into 10 units of study. Each of these units relates to the student’s participation in the preschool learning laboratory and their understanding of preschool development. Students are expected to organize, plan and implement activities that are developmentally appropriate.
Unit I: An overview of developmental areas relating to the preschool child.
The students develop skills in identifying and planning concept (curricular) activities.
The students develop positive guidance and communication techniques currently used in the field of Early Childhood Education.
Students will develop preschool assistant teacher skills through their participation in the on site learning laboratory.
The students will develop skills necessary to identify and incorporate lesson plans into their daily activities in the Learning Lab.
Students will develop the skills necessary to obtain and maintain employment in the field.
Students will develop skills necessary to create bulletin boards and teaching aids.
Students will develop the skills necessary to maintain a safe environment for preschoolers.
The students will develop the skills necessary to observe children in various types of play and interactions.
Observation skills will enhance the students understanding of child development.
The students will develop an understanding of the use of Universal Precautions and the prevention of the spread of AIDS and STDs.
The second year of the program is designed to prepare the student for a career as an instructional aide in the field of Early Childhood Education. Units of instruction include child development study as well as hands on experiences in the field.
To provide students with the education and training necessary to work successfully in the field.
In addition to their education, students work to further their employability, professional, and communication skills.
Unit I: Qualities of Child Care Workers
The student will develop an understanding of specific qualities that are necessary for employment in the field.
Unit II: Types of Early Education Programs
The student will develop an awareness of the many types of schools and facilities where they may be employed in the future.
Unit III: Child Development Theorists
Students learn about the theories of Piaget, Montessori, Skinner, Maslow, Erikson, Gardner, and others.
Unit IV: Prenatal Development and Birth
Students develop an understanding of the development of human life from conception to birth.
Unit V: Parenting
The students will develop an awareness of the many skills necessary to become a successful parent. The use of the “Baby Think It Over Program” will serve as a deterrent to teenage pregnancy.
Unit VI: Universal Precautions/Safety
A review of procedures in preparation for the student’s field experiences.
Unit VII: Field Experiences
Students will develop on the job skills and learning strategies to promote their success in the field.
Unit VIII: Child Abuse and Neglect
Students will develop the skills necessary to identify and report suspected child abuse, following school guidelines.
Unit IX: Pediatric Health
The students will develop an awareness of the various types of pediatric illnesses, and immunizations to prevent them.
Unit X: Professionalism/Employability
Students will demonstrate mastery of skills to enable them to become employed in the field of Early Childhood Education.
Students complete resumes, portfolios, and receive employability profiles.
Students may elect to attend college to continue their course of study in Education, or to pursue a course of study in a related discipline.