Early Childhood Education offers 2 one-year programs based on the standards put forth by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). All students, regardless of year of enrollment, will assist in operating an on-site preschool program (My First School) and will interact with local teachers and daycare providers when completing student teaching opportunities
in the community. Students will work to develop a professional portfolio constructed on the preparation standards from the NAEYC. Students who successfully complete two-years in the program will have the opportunity to apply to be a Certified Early Childhood Assistant (CECA) in the State of Maine.
During the 2021-22 school year, students will focus on healthy, safe classroom environments, as well as curriculum development. They will design a classroom layout, learn how to choose safe materials for children, receive training around safety and child abuse and develop curriculum based on standards.
During the 2022-23 school year, students will become acquainted with professional opportunities and expectations related to the early childhood field, learn about child development, prenatal to age eight, and receive instruction regarding assessment and how to measure if children are growing and learning.
Qualities of a Successful Student:
- Students should have excellent reading and writing skills and be strong communicators
- Students must be 16 to participate in this program
Sample Wage Potential: PRESCHOOL TEACHER (2018 O*Net estimates)
- Maine: Median $34,060; Top 90% $49,630
- National: Median $29,780; Top 90% $55,350
- CPR/First Aid
- OSHA Start Safe, Stay Safe Industry Course
- Serve Safe Food Handler
- Mandated Reporter Training
- Certified Early Childhood Assistant (after 2 years)
College Credit Opportunities:
- Thomas College
- Northern Maine Community College
Instructor: Erin Sirois, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ed Tech: Holly Foster, email@example.com