Child Care Professional
Do you love children? Are you patient, able to quickly adapt and work well with children of all ages and backgrounds? If so, you may find that a career as a Child Care Professional can be rewarding and enriching.
The Child Care Professional program at Allegany College of Maryland is your first step in building a foundation for success in the world of childcare. You will focus on important topics in early childhood, such as: development, learning assessment, special learners, and instructional strategy. Our program is designed to prepare you for a career as a child care provider in licensed child care facilities. Additionally, graduates may be eligible for positions in public schools as instructional aides or paraprofessionals, or Head Start/Early Head Start programs. Much of the general education coursework will transfer to teacher preparation programs if you wish to continue and pursue teacher certification*.
The program has been developed to align with the standards established by education organizations such as the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), and Interstate New Teachers Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC). Additionally, adopted principles include Comon Core State Standards (CCSS), Universal Design for Learning (UDL), Response to Intervention (RTI) and Direct Instruction (DI).
Sucessful completion of this program qualifies you to apply for an Associate of Applied Science degree.
*If you plan to transfer and earn a four-year degree in Early Childhood Education, make an early decision on your transfer school and work closely with an advisor to determine appropriate course work.
Course work in the Child Care Professional program combines theory and practical experience for work with young children and their families. Courses include:
- Career Analysis in Education
- Early Childhood Foundations
- Introduction to Emergent Literacy Skills
- Early Childhood Learning Environments
- Mathematics for Elementary Education
- Processes and Aquisition of Reading
- Multicultural Education
- Professional Practice and Classroom Management
- Fundamentals of Nutrition
- Music and Creative Interaction for the Elementary Teacher
- Child Psychology
*Students enrolled in this program must successfully complete the fingerprint and criminal background check process appropriate to the local school district in which the student will complete field placements. Additionally, school districts have specific requirements regarding health screenings and immunizations before participating in field experiences. Students should, at the minimum, complete a tuberculin skin test, also known as the PPD, during their first semester in this program.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the long-term national job growth for childcare workers is expected to be 20 percent through 2020. And with an increasing emphasis on early childhood education programs, the demand for entry-level assistants may also rise. Graduates may enjoy career options such as:
- Instructional/Teacher Aide or Assistant
- Paraprofessional Educator
- Head Start/Early Head Start Teacher
- Daycare Provider
- Camp Counselor
- Recreation Coordinator
- Infant/Toddler Caregiver
- Home Visitor
*Some careers may require a minimum of a bachelor's degree.View Salary Information from the U.S. Dept. of Labor
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