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Early Childhood Education

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Early Childhood Education

If you love children and are interested in pursuing early childhood careers, Stratford's course is a great place to start.

Students can gain a thorough introduction to this interesting career field and gain valuable insight on child behaviors and development. This detailed information could be helpful in both your personal and professional life.

With the convenience to study at home, you could complete your course in as little as six months, of if you prefer, take up to two years.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the median annual salary for childcare workers is $20,320. The number of jobs is projected to increase by 5% through 2024.*
Early Childhood Education: An Introduction
• Teamwork – Interaction Among ECE Staff
• Keeping Pace with Rapid Developmental Changes
• Changes in Children
• Working with Children who have Special Needs

Foundations in Early Childhood Education
• The history of Early Childhood Education
• Types of Programs and Core Standards
• Assessing Program Quality
• Developmentally and Culturally Appropriate Practices
• Developmental Ages and Stages
• Children with Diverse Abilities
• The Teacher’s Role in an Inclusive Classroom
• Major Theories and the Nature of Development

Understanding and Guiding Children’s Behavior
• Professional Standards and Ethical Conduct
• Interacting with Parents and Colleagues
• Language and Types of Guidance
• Strategies for Guidance
• Dealing with Challenging Behavior
• Criteria for Creating Learning Environments
• Keeping Children Safe and Healthy
• Basic Arrangements of Space and Materials

Creating a Context for Learning
• Developmentally and Culturally Appropriate Curriculum
• Planning Curricula and Integrating Learning Standards
• Maximizing Learning Through Movement
• Patterns of Physical and Motor Development
• Perspectives on Cognitive Development
• Media and Technology in the Classroom
• Curriculum for Emotional and Social Growth
• Creativity and Spiritual Growth
• Standards and School Readiness
• Cultural Diversity and Multicultural Education

This educational program is an introductory course designed to help students gain knowledge necessary for the vocational application of this subject. Completion of this program does not fulfill the legal requirements of particular state licenses or certifications, which may require additional training or apprenticeships.

We take great pride in providing you with the most up-to-date textbooks and equipment. One or more of the above-mentioned subjects may, therefore, change if updating becomes necessary during the course of your studies. The order in which the course material is presented may vary.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition
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