The Education and Early Childhood Careers training program is designed to help students learn about the background and professional competencies needed for employment in the field of Early Childhood Education. Through classroom instruction and direct hands-on experiences in an actual on-site preschool and elementary school classrooms, the student is able to obtain the skills and clock hours needed to qualify for the National Child Development Associate (CDA) credential after graduation. During the course of the program, students will gain knowledge of teaching techniques by preparing and supervising planned activities that enhance young children's physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development. Other areas of instruction include operational procedures of early childhood centers, child development, educational activities, organizational skills, professionalism, and report and journal writing skills.
The Education and Early Childhood Careers training program is articulated with Purdue Calumet-Hammond and Community College of Indiana for those students who hold a B average and complete the portfolio requirements for the CDA.
It is recommended that students have credits in sophomore English and be enrolled in junior English and Child Development. All students enrolled within the program will need to have a current TB skin test.
Janet Marovich, Gary Public Schools; Kelli Ellis, Vocational Education Social Worker; Jon Groth, Vocational Education Director; Pat Miller, William Kish, and Marcia Saprony, Head Start administration; Shari Wheeler, Community College of Indiana; Jennifer Bedella, Heather Lucas, past students; Nancy Bedella, Head Start staff; Maureen Crowley, South Haven Librarian; Phil Misecko, South Haven Principal; Jerry Hale, Portage HS Assistant Principal; John Zack, Vocational Dept. Head.