The Early Childhood Education Program

North High School and South High Community School

The Early Childhood Education program at North High focuses on the physical, intellectual, social, and emotional development of the child from birth to age five. Students examine the work of early theorists in the field and how the theorists’ work relates to teaching and learning of young children. Students will also gain knowledge of the responsibilities teachers have associated with Early Childhood programs. Students become familiar with state and federal agencies such as the Department of Children and Families, child abuse and reporting, and community resources available for children.

Course offerings with descriptions

Early Childhood 1

Careers in the Early Childhood Education field

Types of Early Childhood care facilities and learning centers

Community relations and service

Pregnancy, prenatal care, and childbirth

Social, Emotional, and Physical Development of:

  • Newborns
  • Infants
  • Toddlers

Theories in child development


Early Childhood 2

Teaching Early Childhood students

Lesson Planning

Learning Centers

Individual and Group Learning

Domains – Cognitive, Language, and Social

Advancing Communication and Creativity

Building Positive Self-Concepts

Promoting Social Skills

Providing Behavior Guidance

Program Management

Ethical and legal responsibilities

Cooperative Education and Internship Opportunities

All eligible students have the opportunity to participate in Cooperative Education and Internship experiences at a variety of approved learning sites across the city in their junior and/or senior year. While the requirements and specific opportunities vary from school to school, and program to program, the structured combination of classroom based education and practical work experience provides students with the skills necessary to comfortably navigate the world of work.

Career Opportunities

  • Day Care Provider
  • Teacher
  • Public School Teacher
  • Center Director
  • Educational Consultant
  • Teacher Assistant
  • Guidance Counselor
  • Child/Family Social Worker
  • Family Support Specialist