Early Childhood Education

Understand growth and development of children ages birth-eight. Learn the method of planning, writing, and implementing lesson plans. Interact daily with preschool children. Assist in running a state licensed preschool. Develop mastery of the theories behind early childhood education. Obtain student placement for experience in K-4th grade classrooms. Earn four certifications which will allow for immediate employability in a daycare or preschool setting.

Course Topics

  • Prepare and Maintain a Safe Environment for Learning
  • Write and Understand a Curriculum
  • Master the Growth and Development Milestones of Children Birth - Eight
  • Use Developmentally Appropriate Practices in the Classroom
  • Child Abuse Recognition and Prevention
  • Guidance Theory vs. Discipline in the Preschool Environment
  • Physical, Cognitive, and Social-Emotional Development of Children

Industry-Recognized Credentials

  • CPR/AED Certified (infant/toddler/adult)
  • First Aid Certified (infant/toddler/adult)
  • Communicable Disease Prevention Certified
  • Child Abuse Prevention Certified

Sarrah Ottney

Program Instructor
sottney@vsctc.org
Vanguard Tech Center

Career Opportunities

Entry Level (with high school diploma and career training)

Multiple Employment Positions Available Within a Preschool
Multiple Employment Positions Available Within a Daycare

Technical (with CTE training, associate degree, technical certification)

Lead Preschool Teacher or Teacher Aide
Preschool Director

Professional (with Bachelor's degree and beyond)

Elementary Teacher (K-3)
Owner/Director of Independent Preschool or Daycare Facility