Early Childhood Education is comprised of three interrelated curricula: Child Growth and Development, Early Childhood Curriculum Design and a laboratory pre-school/internship experience. Students use the information gained in Child Growth and Development and apply it to prepare activities for the children they teach in the laboratory pre-school and internships in the city of Worcester. The ultimate goal is to prepare students for Office for Child Care Services qualification as a pre-school/infant/toddler teacher in a private early care and education program as well as a variety of career opportunities involving working with children. The curriculum is designed to prepare students to enter the workforce upon graduation as well as gain college admission for continued education.
Early Childhood 10Course Numbers: 11135 (4.00)(C)
Early Childhood Grade 10: In this course, students will create lesson and curriculum plans and arrange learning centers in the classroom. Students will continue to select work samples to add to their portfolio. Students learn ways to work with the young child that support the growth and development of the whole child from birth to preschool. Students will gain more responsibility in the WTHS preschool and will have opportunities to serve as the "teacher in charge."
Early Childhood 11Course Numbers: 11136 (4.00)(C)
Early Childhood Grade 11: In this course, students will develop an understanding the implications of cultural influences; positive guidance practices; and inclusion strategies. Students will examine the impact social issues have on the lives of young children and their families and will investigate and identify community resources and professional services available to children and families in times of need. Students will study the laws that are in place to protect young children; review the signs of abuse and neglect; and learn their professional obligations with regard to work with families and reporting to authorities. Students will acquire the skills necessary to effectively advocate for children.
Early Childhood 12Course Numbers: 11137 (4.00)(C)
Early Childhood Grade 12: In this course, students will examine the developmental stages of infants and toddlers. Students will utilize a holistic approach to explore health and safety concerns; plan for stimulating learning experiences; and design indoor and outdoor environments specific to infants and toddlers.
Early Childhood 9Course Numbers: 11134 (1.50)(C)
Early Childhood Grade 9: In this course, students will acquire knowledge of the sanitary and safety procedures established by the Department of Early Education and Care. Students will examine the value of creativity and the importance of planning and integrating creative activities into all aspects of the curriculum. Students will explore the components required for the Early Childhood Education portfolio and be introduced to the field of Early Childhood Education through participation in the WTHS preschool as a student teacher.
EC RT GR and DEV YG CH APCourse Numbers: 11041 (1.00)(C)
Related Theory Growth and Development of Young Child or Children, Advanced Placement:
EC RT ORIENT Ear Ch APCourse Numbers: 11040 (1.00)(C)
Related Theory Orientation to Early Childhood Education, Advanced Placement:
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. Some of the internship and cooperative education opportunities students have experienced include the following partnership/s:
- UMASS Memorial Child Care
- First Friends
- Guild of St. Agnes
- Chestnut Nursery/Kindergarten
- Headstart Day Care
- Pakachoag Day care
- Rainbow Day Care Center
- Salmon Early Childhood
- Day Care Provider
- Public School
- Center Director
- Educational Consultant
- Teacher Assistant
- Guidance Counselor
- Child/Family Social Worker
- Family Support