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Child Development

Child Development Program

Child Development is an approved vocational education program which offers courses to increase the student’s knowledge and skills for personal and professional use. The program provides occupational preparation in the area of childcare for students interested in employment after graduation. 

COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

Prenatal Development and Child Care

821

1 / 2

9 10 11 12

1 – 3

½

Prenatal Development and Child Care: This one-semester course is designed as a building block for working with and becoming knowledgeable of the young child – conception through age six. Students will be investigating and discussing vital topics that will aid in their ability to care for the individuals and their families such as: childhood illnesses, heredity vs. environmental factors in child development, genetics, prenatal and postnatal development, first aid, nutrition and safety. This course gives students the opportunity to complete a senior project and observe the preschool laboratory children. “Hands-on” observations will lead the student to a better understanding of the physical, social, emotional and cognitive areas of the developing child.

 

COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

Child Growth and Development I

822

3

10 11 12

1 – 3

1

Child Growth and Development I: Child Growth and Development I is an elective course designed to assist students in understanding and guiding children of all ages – birth through adolescence. Through in-class discussion, observation of children, and guiding young children in the laboratory preschool, students will receive 48-60 hours working with children and become aware of the opportunities which exist to promote learning in children at home or in a childcare center. Students will lead group time with the pre-school students while incorporating the four areas of development. Men and women can gain personally and professionally from a better understanding of the needs of young children and their diverse family structures.

 
COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

Child Growth and Development II

823

1

11 12

1 – 3

½

Child Growth and Development II

824

3

11 12

1 – 3

1

Child Growth and Development II:  This course is designed to help students apply the knowledge gained in Child Growth and Development I and enhance guidance skills through direct interaction in the laboratory preschool.  The students, under the supervision of the teacher, operate the laboratory school. The students will develop practical techniques for guiding and teaching young children and their families.  Students in this class will apply the theory and instruction learned in Child Growth and Development I in the preparation of learning activities, lesson plans incorporating the PA pre-K standards, instructional materials, and in discussing observations and evaluations.  Students are encouraged to incorporate STEM/STEAM activities into their preschool interactions.  The course is recommended for students considering a career in early childhood education, elementary education, day care, or related fields dealing with children. This is a year-long course, teacher approval required for ½ year selection.  Prerequisite:  Child Growth and Development I

 

COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

Child Growth & Development III

825

3

12

1 – 3

1

Child Growth & Development III: This is a cooperative education program that enables students to combine classroom theory and instruction with on-the-job experience. Through 48-60 hours of “hands-on” experiences in the laboratory preschool, students will practice the techniques learned and developed in class and develop individual education plans for the preschoolers. The "student-" teachers will work with one or two individual pre-school students to further their knowledge and practice their needed kindergarten skills. Students enrolled in this class have the option of job placement in a childcare center by selecting Child Care Cooperative Training – 826. It is recommended for students pursuing a career in early childhood education, elementary education, day care, or related fields dealing with children.  Prerequisite: Child Growth and Development I and Child Growth and Development II

 

COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

PM Child Care Cooperative Training

826

3

12

1 – 3

1

AM Child Care Cooperative Training

 

827

3

12

1 – 3

1

Child Care Cooperative Training: This course provides qualified students with an opportunity to gain practical experience through part-time employment in area child care centers. Students are placed in actual training stations and are under the supervision of the teacher-coordinator and the immediate training supervisor. Child Growth and Development III must be scheduled with this course.

Please note: The child development courses are requirements in the PA State Department of Education approved vocational childcare program. These courses provide students with childcare strategies that can be used both personally and professionally. Students who complete this program can be employed as an assistant lead teacher in a childcare facility upon graduation.