2019/2020 Competency-Based Task/Competency List for Introduction to Early Childhood, Education, and Services (8234/36 weeks)
All tasks are considered essential statewide and are required of all students.
Demonstrating Personal Qualities and Abilities
Demonstrating Interpersonal Skills
Demonstrating Professional Competencies
- Demonstrate big-picture thinking.
- Demonstrate career- and life-management skills.
- Demonstrate continuous learning and adaptability.
- Manage time and resources.
- Demonstrate information-literacy skills.
- Demonstrate an understanding of information security.
- Maintain working knowledge of current information-technology (IT) systems.
- Demonstrate proficiency with technologies, tools, and machines common to a specific occupation.
- Apply mathematical skills to job-specific tasks.
- Demonstrate professionalism.
- Demonstrate reading and writing skills.
- Demonstrate workplace safety.
Examining All Aspects of an Industry
- Examine aspects of planning within an industry/organization.
- Examine aspects of management within an industry/organization.
- Examine aspects of financial responsibility within an industry/organization.
- Examine technical and production skills required of workers within an industry/organization.
- Examine principles of technology that underlie an industry/organization.
- Examine labor issues related to an industry/organization.
- Examine community issues related to an industry/organization.
- Examine health, safety, and environmental issues related to an industry/organization.
Addressing Elements of Student Life
- Identify the purposes and goals of the student organization.
- Explain the benefits and responsibilities of membership in the student organization as a student and in professional/civic organizations as an adult.
- Demonstrate leadership skills through participation in student organization activities, such as meetings, programs, and projects.
- Identify Internet safety issues and procedures for complying with acceptable use standards.
Balancing Work and Family
Exploring Early Childhood Education
- Differentiate among the types of early childhood education programs.
- Analyze the relationships, roles, and partnerships among the child, parent, and early childhood professional.
- Identify cultural, religious, family, and environmental factors that affect a child's development.
- Investigate federal, state, and other regulatory agencies monitoring the early childhood education industry.
Exploring Early Childhood Education Careers
- Compile a list of careers related to the early childhood education industry.
- Identify roles and responsibilities of an entry-level early childhood education professional.
- Investigate the education/training requirements of identified careers in early childhood education.
- Identify specific entrepreneurial possibilities in early childhood education.
- Analyze labor market data about early childhood education and related careers.
- Analyze the career lattice in the early childhood education industry that progresses from entry-level to professional positions.
- Interview an early childhood education professional.
- Identify the ages and stages of development of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, school-age children, and children with exceptional needs.
- Identify developmental observation methods using data collection tools.
- Identify steps to ensure bias-free observations.
- Identify developmentally appropriate practices that support and maximize development and learning for all children.
- Describe the responsibilities of being a mandated reporter of child abuse and/or neglect.
Analyzing Healthy and Safe Environments for Children
- Describe the needs of children at various ages regarding space, equipment, materials management, and room or area arrangement.
- Design an indoor and/or outdoor learning environment.
- Develop a list of general health practices for adults and children in an early childhood education program.
- Identify safety hazards and ways to protect children from them.
- Identify components of healthy snacks for young children.
- Identify the characteristics of a healthy child and behavioral/physical symptoms of selected childhood illnesses/diseases.
- Compile a list of community health, counseling, and emergency resource agencies.
Identifying Individual Characteristics and Skills Necessary for Career Success
- Describe ethical issues pertaining to employment in the early childhood development profession.
- Develop a skills profile for a selected job involving children.
- Analyze personal interests, abilities, skills, and dispositions.
- Determine the characteristics and skills necessary to obtain and maintain successful employment in careers involving children.
- Practice pre-employment skills.
- Complete an observation, shadowing, or internship experience in an early childhood education.