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Self-paced eLearning course includes 6-months access to online content, all eBooks, supplemental content, and related course materials, as applicable

Tuition: $1,699

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Contact: Call (434) 973-1945 for more information

CHILDCARE SPECIALIST ONLINE

THE CHILDCARE SPECIALIST PROFESSION

The Childcare Specialist program from CATEC offers instruction for students on caring for children when parents or other family members are unavailable. Quality childcare is a useful and necessary alternative for many working parents where full- or part-time care allows them to continue their professional pursuits. Childcare professionals who not only provide constant care, but who also have an understanding of early childhood education and who can recognize potential emotional distress or developmental issues provide parents the peace of mind they need to ensure their child’s needs are met even when they can’t be there throughout the day. Childcare specialists work in large childcare centers, preschools and public schools or may also work in the home caring for one or multiple children at a time. For any individual with the special gifts and talents necessary to connect with young children, working as a professional in this field with the ability to create and foster an educational/developmental environment provides a rewarding career that projected to grow 14% to 2030 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. For more information, click here.

THE CHILDCARE SPECAILIST PROGRAM

The Childcare Specialist program from CATEC introduces the historical, theoretical and developmental foundations for educating and caring for young children. With particular emphasis on caring for children from birth through age 8, this program takes students through a range of topics including the roles, responsibilities and requirements of individuals working in early childhood settings, current issues that have implications on children, families and early childhood professionals, and age-related developmental accomplishments. Alongside ensuring the health, safety and well-being of all children in their care, this program will ensure students have a firm grasp on the educational and developmental needs of young children in order to create a stimulating, nurturing and fun environment for all children in their care. 

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Students should have or be pursuing a high school diploma or GED.

DETAILED COURSE TOPICS COVERED

  • Analyze the roles, responsibilities, and requirements for those who work in early childhood education (ECE) settings and the evolution of the field of ECE 

  • Analyze current issues in ECE that have implications for children, families, and society 

  • Describe the age-related developmental accomplishments of young children from birth through age 8 in each of the developmental domains 

  • Analyze programs that support individual differences, culturally responsive, and inclusive 

  • Analyze ECE standards as related to preparing developmentally appropriate activities 

  • Analyze practices that ensure the health, safety, and well-being of all children 

  • Compare a variety of guidance strategies to help children develop emotional self-regulation and avoid challenging behaviors 

  • Describe strategies that foster childcare worker and family partnerships 

  • Describe the role of assessment/documentation to inform curriculum development and improve care, child outcomes, and early childhood program quality 

  • Evaluate the attributes of professionalism in ECE including advocacy, and social justice

EACH COURSE INCLUDES

  • 24/7 instructor support and course mentoring 

  • Student and instructor collaboration 

  • Engaging labs, student exercises, course videos and animated simulations 

  • Student pre and post assessments and online performance tracking 

  • National and state certification opportunities 

  • A secure Student Portal which includes: career guidance, resume writing and other career resources 

HOW TO ENROLL

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CONTACT US

For inquiries about our Adult Education and Apprenticeship programs, contact:

  • Emily Thomas, CATEC Adult Education and Apprenticeship Office Associate/Database Administrator, by email or call (434) 973-1945

  • Shannon Tomlin, CATEC Adult Education and Apprenticeship Program Manager, by email or call (434) 973-1945