EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
The GCC Early Childhood Education program prepares individuals to be professional educators for young children, show a positive attitude toward all children and their families, and obtain the skills to plan and implement a program that is safe, educational, and healthy.
The Certificate in Early Childhood Education is closely aligned with national standards and meets Head Start requirements for classroom aides. The National Association for the Education of Young Children encourages a minimal educational level of an associate degree in early childhood for early childhood program teachers. Only courses which have a grade of “C” or better in the technical requirements will be counted towards the Certificate or Associate degree.
Early childhood educators and caregivers work in Head Start programs, childcare centers, family home care programs, elementary schools, social services programs, and health care services. These professionals plan and implement appropriate experiences for young children in areas such as language, health, movement, creativity, thinking, problem solving, self-concept and social behavior. They also supervise children’s activities, care for their needs, keep records of their progress, and confer with parents and other professionals.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the Early Childhood Education program, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate professionalism and ethical conduct within the educational field.
2. Demonstrate appropriate knowledge, disposition, and skills needed to effectively work with students, including those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and students with special needs.
3. Develop and implement developmentally and age-appropriate teaching strategies needed to effectively work with young children in a classroom setting.
The mission of the Early Childhood Education program is to prepare individuals to be professional educators for young children so that they show a positive attitude toward all children and their families, and obtain the skills to plan and implement a program that is safe, educational, and healthy.