Early Childhood Education Program
Students become teachers in our certified preschools as they research, create, and implement lesson plans while learning effective preschool teaching techniques. Upon graduation, students will have a portfolio of work to present to colleges and/or employers along with early childhood certifications.
Prerequisites at the Time of Junior Year Enrollment
Minimum of 7 core credits (1.5 must be English); on track to graduate
Credits & Certifications Offered
High School Credit
- 3 Electives Year One
- 3 Electives Year Two
- St. Louis Community College - 6 credits
- American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) - Early Childhood Certification
- CPR Certification
- First Aid Certification
- ServSafe Food Handler Certification
*College credit and certification are not guaranteed. Their attainment is dependent on student performance in both the course and on external industry assessments. All certifications are through external agencies and the accommodations permitted will vary from assessment to assessment. Additionally, students must participate in the full two years of the program to be potentially eligible for all certifications listed.
How Will My Time Be Spent?
Program Year Classroom Time Lab Time CTE Year One 26%-50% 51%-75% CTE Year Two 26%-50% 51%-75%
Tech is Real World Learning
Students in this program learn through the use of a variety of industry grade tools and equipment and texts. Their real world labs also require uniforms and personal protective equipment.
Tools & Equipment
- Google Classroom
- Kitchen equipment
- Lesson plan books
- Art supplies
- Working With Young Children, 2016
- Google Classroom, scholarly articles and lesson planning tools
- Closed-toe, flat shoes
- South Tech ECC t-shirt and/or hoodie sweatshirt (unaltered) with shirt long enough to tuck in
- Solid color jeans or cotton long pants without tears, holes or fraying edges
Essential Skills Needed for Success
Students learn the entry level skills necessary to prepare for post-secondary education and the highly competitive world of work. Traditionally, successful students have mastered the processing and/or physical skills listed below prior to enrollment.
Core Essential Skills
Read human behavior and make safe choices; must be able to follow all safety rules and assume personal responsibility; patience and tolerance of children and their behaviors
Remain professional in a high stress environment
Control temper and regulate emotions in high stress situations
Empathy and ability to expression compassion
Critical thinking: reading and analyzing text, articles, etc at a postsecondary level
Creativity and the ability to think outside the box to come up with new ideas or solutions to problems
Work individually and in groups; positive and professional attitude
Tolerate the noise level and smells of a early childcare education environment
Able to climb, lift, bend down, sit on the floor and handle taxing physical activity; including high places, small spaces, extreme temperatures, and dirty environments
For a complete list of essential skills please review the Course Overview Guide.