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Early Childhood Education and Care

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.

Course Offerings

Early Child 11 Internship

Course Numbers: 5513 (0.50)(C)
Type: HS
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)
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Early Childhood 11 Internship: In this course, students will apply the technical knowledge and skills learned in Early Childhood through cooperative education or internship placement. While applying their practical skills in real-world settings, students will become familiar with employment expectations and the soft skills necessary to succeed in the world of work.


Early Childhood 10

Course Numbers: 11135 (4.00)(C)
Type: HS
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)
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Early Childhood, Curriculum Planning for Young Children 10: In this course,students will follow the developmental theories, state standards and licensing guidelines while developing the curriculum lesson plans.


Early Childhood 11

Course Numbers: 7453 (2.00)(C) | 11136 (4.00)(C)
Type: HS
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)
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Related Theory Early Childhood, In this course, students will become familiar with developmentally appropriate practices in infant and toddler care settings. Students will learn the physical,cognitive, language and social emotional development from birth


Early Childhood 12

Course Numbers: 7443 (1.00)(C) | 11137 (4.00)(C)
Type: HS
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)
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Related Theory Early Childhood, Observation and Assessment 12: In this course, students using formal and informal tools will learn how to use effective observation and documentation in collecting information in regards to the child's development and learn


Early Childhood 9

Course Numbers: 11134 (1.50)(C)
Type: HS
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)
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Early Childhood, Health, Safety and Nutrition 9: In this course, students will focus on the health, safety and nutrition and how this relates to the growth and development of the young child. Highlighting the Massachusetts Department of Early Education an


Early Childhood III

Course Numbers: 7563 (2.00)(C) | 7583 (1.00)(C)
Type: HS
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)
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Early Childhood III: In this course, students will continue to study the physical, emotional, and social development in children from birth to age six. Students will also continue to explore the responsibilities and expectations of parents in today's society and examine the types of programs available for children, including qualifications for teacher and staff certifications; day care provider licensing; Head Start and pre-school programs; state regulations; and special education considerations.


Early Childhood IV

Course Numbers: 7643 (2.00)(C)
Type: HS
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)
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Early Childhood IV: In this course, students will continue to study the physical, emotional, and social development in children from birth to age six. Students will also explore the responsibilities and expectations of parents in today's society and examine the types of programs available for children, including qualifications for teacher and staff certifications; day care provider licensing; Head Start and pre-school programs; state regulations; and special education considerations.


EC RT GR and DEV YG CH AP

Course Numbers: 11041 (1.00)(C)
Type: HS
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)
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Related Theory Growth and Development of Young Child or Children, Advanced Placement:


EC RT ORIENT Ear Ch AP

Course Numbers: 11040 (1.00)(C)
Type: HS
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)
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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
  • YWCA

Career Opportunities

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