Dual Enrollment Advanced Early Childhood Education and Services II
The primary focus of this class is to complete steps to apply for the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential through hands-on, on site early childhood education experience(s). In depth concentration is on education and training and entrepreneurial opportunities, critical thinking and practical problem solving within the field of early childhood education. Students combine classroom instruction and supervised on-the-job training in an approved position with continuing supervision throughout the school year. Students also have the opportunity to work in Alexandria City Public Schools daycare classrooms. Student experiences include but are not limited to: designing lesson plans that are developmentally appropriate and meet the needs and interest of all students; child monitoring and supervision; record keeping; and referral procedures. Students also participate in weekly lectures, peer observations, and presentations from guest speakers. The course prepares students for the transition from school to work and is recommended for those with a genuine interest in working with young children. A positive attitude, a good work ethic (in school and on the job), and good attendance are required. Students are required to have their updated tuberculosis (TB) shot, complete CPR and First Aid training on site, background check for working at their training stations. Students are required to take the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) industry certification. Students may receive three college credits with the successful passing rate of this certification test. Fees are associated with this course.