After completion of the Introductory Early Childhood Education certificate or equivalent, students may begin work on this pathway. This certificate, together with nine months of additional experience in the field, prepares people to pursue lead teacher qualification through the MADOEEC. The required ECE courses will be offered in the evening in rotation.
Early Childhood Education — Intermediate Program Overview
Graduates of this program should be able to:
- Demonstrate understanding of significant theories of child development and their practical implementation in child care settings;
- Develop practical skills in guiding and interacting with youth from studying various program models;
- Understand diverse family structures and use culturally competent practices to support and communicate with children and families;
- Ensure children’s safety, promote health practices and recognize and respond to abuse and neglect;
- Recognize characteristics of high-quality environments and developmentally appropriate curriculum; and
- Understand the goals, benefits and uses of observation and assessment in early childhood.