COURSE DESCRIPTION:Grade 12 Full year, 1 credit
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment or completion of Early Childhood Professions 1.
This course will focus on working towards completing industry certification requirements: The Child Development Associate Credential and/or Praxis ParaPro Certificate. Students will develop employability skills through the on-campus childcare center and/or early childhood classrooms in CUSD such as lesson planning, collaboration, complex communication skills, and professional work portfolio. Industry certification may be offered in this course. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a CTSO (Career and Technical Education Student Organization) Family, Career, & Community Leaders of America (FCCLA).
For more information on the course, see class syllabus: EC Professions II Syllabus
CAREER AND TECHNICAL STUDENT ORGANIZATION (CTSO):
Students are required to participate in CTSO activities, but not affiliate; however, students must affiliate in order to participate in state competitions. The CTSO organization for this class is FCCLA (Family, Careers, and Community Leaders of America). Involvement in FCCLA offers members the opportunity to expand their leadership potential and develop skills for life -- planning, goal setting, problem solving, decision-making, and interpersonal communication -- necessary in for college and the workplace. Students will also participate in community service projects and focus groups. For more information on FCCLA, visit our website - Basha Bears FCCLA Early Childhood.
FCCLA LEADERSHIP GRADE:
FCCLA Leadership Grade: A major aspect to this course is the development of leadership skills, speaking abilities, teamwork and other various skills that will play a major role in every individual’s career choice. Students are required to participate in the local FCCLA activities and have the opportunity to participate in the district, state and national FCCLA activities. This will count for 10% of each semester’s grade. Please refer to the leadership grade sheet for dates of the optional activities and events.For current Leadership Point Opportunities, click here: FCCLA Leadership Opportunities
CDA-THE CHILD DEVELOPMENT CREDENTIAL:
Students participating in Early Childhood Education -CDA II are preparing for the CDA by earning internship hours (480 hours are required for CDA) and completing a Professional Resource File. Most of the file should have been completed in CDA I and students are refining in preparation for CDA application. The Child Development Associate® (CDA) is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education (ECE) and is a key stepping stone on the path of career advancement in ECE. The CDA credential is based on a core set of competency standards, which guide early care professionals as they work toward becoming qualified teachers of young children. The Council works to ensure that the nationally-transferable CDA is a credible and valid credential, recognized by the profession as a vital part of professional development. CDAs have knowledge of how to put the CDA Competency Standards into practice and understanding of why those standards help children move with success from one developmental stage to another. Put simply, CDAs know how to nurture the emotional, physical, intellectual, and social development of children. For more information, please visit the The Council for Professional Recognition website. Please note that CDA application is encouraged but not required for this course.
The ParaPro assessment measures the skills and knowledge in reading, writing and math possessed by prosepective and practiciing paraprofessionals. It also measures their ability to apply those skills and knowledge when assitsting in classroom instruction. For more information, visit the ETS-Educational Testing Service website.INTERNSHIP LEARNING EXPERIENCES:Besides the on-campus childcare center experiences, students will also be participating in other work experiences off-campus, such as, but not limited to, storytelling in the public libraries, community service projects, and art masterpiece with the local elementary schools in early elementary classrooms.ECP ASSIGNMENTS:All Early Childhood Professions II assignments can be found on our online classroom, Moodle. For more information, visit the Early Childhood Professions Links page.