Early Childhood Care & Education* Pathway
Why Early Childhood Care & Education?
Preschool, kindergarten and elementary school teachers play a vital role in the development of children. They introduce children to math, language, science and social studies and teach basic skills. Teachers design classroom presentations to meet students’ needs and abilities. They also work with students individually. They are responsible for planning, evaluating and assigning lesson plans; preparing, administering and grading tests and maintaining discipline.
Most early childhood education teachers work a 10-month school year with a 2-month vacation during the summer. Many teachers work more than 40 hours a week. Teachers often work with students from varied ethnic, racial and religious backgrounds. With growing minority populations in most parts of the US, teachers must work effectively with a diverse student population. Employment opportunities in this field require dedication, but can also leave you with a great sense of accomplishment and making a difference in another person’s life.
Choosing this pathway will lead you to a career (among many options) as any of the following:
Because teachers play a significant role in the development of a child’s education and personality, all public school teachers are required to have a bachelor’s degree and complete an approved teacher training program with a specific number of subject and education credits and supervised training. However, licensing and rules for private school teachers and preschool teachers vary by the state.
Just like students, teachers must continually update their skills so they can instruct and use the latest technology in the classroom. The Early Childhood Education Career Pathway helps build your real world teaching experience and provides a basis for the essential skills you need to make a positive influence on a child’s education and life.
The International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP) is an innovative education framework incorporating the vision and educational principles of the IB into a unique programme specifically tailored for students who wish to engage in career-related learning. The aim of the IBCP is to provide students with both an academic and practical foundation to support both their further studies and specialized training, thereby ensuring their success in the workforce. The IBCP combines highly regarded and internationally recognized IB Diploma Programme courses with an approved career-related study and a unique IBCP core. Early Childhood Care & Education is one of eleven MHS Career Pathways that has been approved for the IBCP.
*The Early Childhood Care & Education Pathway is "industry certified" by the Georgia Early Childhood Education Foundation (GECEF). An "industry certified" program has received a "stamp of excellence," which represents the apex of program quality. Only those programs that have successfully undergone rigorous reviews by leaders from business and industry are recognized with this distinction.
Early Childhood Care & Education Course Schedule
Early Childhood Education I – 2 semesters.
Early Childhood Education II – 2 semesters.
Early Childhood Education III – 2 semesters.
Early Childhood Education Internship
Post-Secondary Institutes to Study Early Childhood Care & Education
|• Albany Technical College
• Altamaha Technical College
• Appalachian Technical College
• Art Institute of Atlanta
• Athens Technical College
• Atlanta Technical College
• Augusta Technical College
• Bauder College
• Central Georgia Technical College
• Chattahoochee Technical College
• Columbus Technical College
• Coosa Technical College
• DeKalb Technical College
• East Central Technical College
• Flint River Technical College
• Fort Valley State University
• Georgia Southern University
• Georgia State University
• Georgia Virtual Technical College
• Griffin Technical College
|• Gwinnett Technical College
• Heart Of Georgia Technical College
• Kennesaw State University
• Lanier Technical College
• Middle Georgia Technical College
• Moultrie Technical College
• North Georgia Technical College
• Ogechee Technical College
• Okefenokee Technical College
• Sandersville Technical College
• Savannah College of Art and Design
• Savannah Technical College
• South Georgia Technical College
• Southeastern Technical College
• Southwest Georgia Technical College
• Swainsboro Technical College
• Technical College
• University of Georgia
• Valdosta Technical College
• West Central Technical College
Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a cocurricular student organization designed to prepare students for family life, work life and careers in Family and Consumer Sciences. Membership provides opportunities to build leadership and competitive skills needed in the world of work and community.