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Early Childhood: Education, Health & Leadership Courses

Early Childhood: Education, Health and Leadership (non-licensure program)

Pine Manor College provides students an opportunity to learn about the important, distinct, and unique period of development that is Early Childhood. Students will be provided the opportunity to prepare for a variety of Early Childhood career paths from their studies in children’s cognitive, physical and social-emotional development. Students take course work that addresses child development theories, educational practices, assessment, pedagogical approaches, English Language learners, program planning, health and nutritional issues unique to children, and early childhood afterschool programs and community resources. Students may also choose from a variety of electives in order to pursue a particular area of interest relating to children. Students in the program will be provided many opportunities to observe and work with young children in a variety of settings.

Students who complete this major may be eligible to apply for a certificate of qualification from the Department of Early Education and Care as a Level I, or Level II teacher, and with additional electives will meet Director requirements if specific courses are completed.  Speak with the Program Coordinator for more details.

Learning Outcomes of the Early Childhood Program

Students graduating from PMC with a major in Early Childhood will be able to:

  • Demonstrate familiarity with the relevant content areas of child development and learning
  • Understand the importance of the partnership between the teacher, child, family, culture, and community
  • Understand how to observe, document, and support young children and families using appropriate assessment tools and approaches
  • Demonstrate an understanding of age-appropriate teaching and learning
  • Understand how to use content knowledge to build meaningful and achievable curriculum for children
  • Think critically and analytically about issues in the field
  • Behave in a professional and ethical manner in the classroom

In addition, PMC Early Childhood students develop skills that match the NAEYC Standards/ Outcomes/Education:

STANDARD 1. PROMOTING CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING

STANDARD 2. BUILDING FAMILY AND COMMUNITY RELATIONSHIPS

STANDARD 3. OBSERVING, DOCUMENTING, AND ASSESSING TO SUPPORT YOUNG CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

STANDARD 4. USING DEVELOPMENTALLY EFFECTIVE APPROACHES

STANDARD 5. USING CONTENT KNOWLEDGE TO BUILD MEANINGFUL CURRICULUM

STANDARD 6. BECOMING A PROFESSIONAL

STANDARD 7. EARLY CHILDHOOD FIELD EXPERIENCES

Stephanie Crawford ‘09

Employment:
Teacher in the Boston Public Schools
Enrolled in a Graduate Program M.ED at Lesley University,
in Special Education (PreK-8)

Education:
Pine Manor College, Major in Early Childhood: Education, Health and Leadership

 

“My liberal arts experiences at the college have enabled me to think about ideas from multiple perspectives. This background supports me every day in my work and my volunteer activities.”

To learn more about Stephanie’s story and her career at Pine Manor and beyond,
visit: www.pmc.edu/stephanie-crawford-09

 

Hannah Kaplan ‘13

Employment:
Teaches in a Kindergarten Classroom in the Brookline Public School System.

Education:
Pine Manor College, Major in Early Childhood: Education, Health and Leadership

 

 

 

“I gained a lot of valuable experiences in the field of education through PMC’S Early Childhood Program senior internships and practicums.”

To learn more about Hannah’s story and her career at Pine Manor and beyond,
visit: www.pmc.edu/hannah-kaplan-13

For current information on College policies, organization, curriculum and academic courses, please see the Academic Catalog.