Early Childhood Education (HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ONLY)


Early Childhood Education Ida Washington, Instructor University, + Years In-field Experience Building A, Room 00-000

Program Description

This program prepares High School students to become competent in childcare rules and regulations, learning environments, principles of child development, trends and issues in early childhood education and classroom management techniques. For high school students, this is a two-year program and upon successful completion and satisfaction of minimum requirements, students may earn the Early Childhood Professional Certificate. Students may be required to provide their own transportation to and from childcare centers to obtain additional work-related experience.  For an adult student this program is only offered part-time.

  • Childcare rules & regulations
  • Identification and reporting child abuse & neglect
  • Appropriate methods of guidance
  • Behavioral observation & screening
  • Theories of child development
  • Communication & interpersonal relationship skills
  • Health, safety, & nutrition education
  • Developing curriculum
  • Classroom management techniques
  • Pre-school appropriate practices
  • Inclusion for children with disabilities
  • Early literacy
  • Child growth and development
  • 480 hands-on hours
  • 45 hours of childcare training modules
  • Portfolio required to receive ECPC

Certification & License

Early Childhood Professional Certificate (ECPC)

45 Hour Childcare Training –  DCF

Career Information

  • Childcare worker
  • Further education to B.S. for elementary education teacher
  • Preschool teacher
  • Teacher assistant in a preschool
  • Lead teacher in childcare center
  • Family day care home provider
  • Nanny


Ida Washington/High School Students Only

Program Commitment

600 hours