The Introductory Early Childhood Education certificate is the first pathway leading to greater qualifications for work with young children. With the experience provided in the practicum (ECE-123), those completing this certificate will be ready to apply for teacher qualification through the MADOEEC. The required ECE courses will be offered in the evening in rotation.
Early Childhood Education — Introductory 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.