Introduction to Early Childhood Education

SCED Code: 19153
Virginia Extended Description: 36
Suggested Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Duration: 36 Weeks
Hours: 140
Credits: 1
Prerequisite: None
OSHA Compliance Required?: No
Non-Traditional?: M

Introduction to Early Childhood Education students explore different types of early childhood education programs and delivery models, develop safe and healthy learning environments for children, and identify the ages and stages of child development and developmentally appropriate practices that support child development from birth through age 12. Students explore balancing work and family, professionalism, and education and training requirements for multiple early childhood education career pathways during the course. Contextual instruction and student participation in co-curricular career and technical student organization (CTSO) activities will develop leadership, interpersonal, and career skills. High-quality work-based learning (HQWBL) will provide experiential learning opportunities related to students’ career goals and/or interests, integrated with instruction, and performed in partnership with local businesses and organizations.

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Career Clusters

Pathway Occupation
  • Coaches and Scouts
  • Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education
  • Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education
  • Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education
  • Teaching Assistants, All Other
  • Substitute Teachers, Short-Term
Administration & Administrative Support
  • Education Administrators, All Other
  • Education Administrators, Kindergarten through Secondary

Pathway Occupation
Early Childhood Development & Services
  • Childcare Workers

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