Early childhood education, from Pre-kindergarten to elementary school, has been discovered over the past two decades to be the biggest indicator of success in school for children. Students who have nurturing environments and programs designed to help them develop the skills they need to understand later materials and coexist with other students and teachers, are almost guaranteed to be more successful in school and in life as opposed to students who are not adequately prepared in early years. As part of that requirement, elementary school teachers are needed who are knowledgeable and competent in the needs of student as they develop during early years.
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College offers an Associate degree in Early Childhood and Mild Intervention for the purpose of preparing students for a four-year education degree in the areas of pre-k, elementary school education, and early developmental intervention. The program is intended to be a non-licensing stepping stone for students who wish to find careers as teachers or as counselors for young children. It is designed and committed to providing a comprehensive course to produce teachers who are reflective practitioners in their field that provide professional service to their communities.
The program is formed on the basis of study of education, early childhood education, and developmental education. These classes include human communication, interpersonal communication, college algebra, statistics, English composition and research writing, life/learning skills, philosophical foundations of education, the twentieth century world, growth and development, education in a global society, collaborating with families and community resources, inclusive early childhood education, special education law and procedures, principles of teaching in inclusive settings, music, movement, and the arts, infants and toddler education, emerging literacy development, young children social and behavioral development, among a wide variety of other classes.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
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