The Early Childhood Occupations Program is offered as a one/two year course of study. Students will be learning about child development, developmentally appropriate practices, receiving positive guidance and instructive discipline techniques. Students will practice these skills at an on- site child care center, and at Footsteps Preschool at WCTC on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week. In addition, students will be required to volunteer at community child care placement sites on Mondays. Wednesdays and Fridays will be devoted to the academic component of the program with opportunities for planning preschool activities, assessing behaviosr and needs, and enhancing the skills needed for working with children.
Students who are considering careers with children are encouraged to take this program of study. Former students have pursued post secondary education for elementary education, speech pathology, early childhood education, social services, assistant and associate teachers at child care centers and operating their own family child care businesses.
Early Childhood Occupations II:
Students choosing to take the second year program of study in Early Childhood Occupations must plan to attend in the pm session.
Level two is a more rigorous, in depth course, and is an excellent sequel to level one. The curriculum is based on the seven standards of Early Childhood Education as decided by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).