This program will provide students with the opportunity to develop the following competencies:
- Develop a sound knowledge of child development.
- Put into practice developmentally appropriate curriculum.
- Demonstrate the skills to establish and maintain positive collaborative relationships with families.
- Identify informal assessment strategies to plan and individualize curriculum to meet the needs of each child physically, socio/emotionally, linguistically, cognitively, creatively and in a culturally appropriate manner.
- Demonstrate skills to become early childhood professionals and emphasize the importance of building a working knowledge of QRIS standards.
- Show, by participating in two practicum experiences of a minimum of 150 hours of supervised student teaching in classrooms serving infants, toddlers, preschool or school age children in youth programs, the ability to integrate theoretical knowledge of children and families in their practice. A group seminar meets weekly to provide time for reflection.