The Early Childhood Care & Education pathway is one of two pathways in the Education and Training Cluster.
The focus of this cluster is planning, managing and providing education and training services, and related learning support services such as administration, teaching/training, administrative support, and professional support services. There are two pathway options available depending on the availability of internship experiences in the school system. The first option focuses on early childhood care and education for any student looking for employment in early childhood education and services. Students learn appropriate practices for working with young children, as the grow physically, cognitively, and emotionally. Many of the high schools have an onsite preschool lab where students can apply the skills and knowledge they are learning to real world settings as the third course in the pathway sequence. The second pathway option where internship experiences are not an option allows students to take a Curriculum & Instruction course as the third course in the pathway. This pathway culminates with an opportunity for students to take the MAVCC, AAFCS, NOCTI end of pathway assessment or to take the CDA Council end of pathway assessment and to potentially earn a Child Development Associate certificate.
First course: Early Childhood Education I Second course: Early Childhood Education II Third course: Early Childhood Education III Fourth course: Early Childhood Education Practicum
Early childhood education students will learn the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors associated with supporting and promoting optimal growth and development of infants and children. The pathway provides a history of education, licensing and accreditation requirements, and foundations of basic observation practices and applications. Early childhood care, education and development issues are also addressed and include health, safety and nutrition education.
Students are also eligible to apply for the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS). NTHS is the premier honor society for Career and Technical Education students, drawing on their experiences in the CTAE classroom.