EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

The Early Childhood Program prepares individuals to plan and implement developmentally appropriate programs in a variety of early childhood settings, including infant toddler programs, preschool programs, preschools and childcare centers, family childcare homes, Head Start and Early Head Start.  Ojibwe culture, values and language are integrated throughout the curriculum. Coursework includes theory and foundations of child growth and development; child health, safety, and nutrition; child guidance; curriculum planning; administration of ECE programs; observations and assessment; working with parents and families; and understanding children with exceptionalities. Students engage in field experiences to develop the knowledge, skills and professional dispositions necessary to promote the development and learning of young children.  

Student Profile 

As an Early Childhood student, you should: 

·     Enjoy and respect children 

·     Exhibit a caring attitude 

·     Use good judgment 

·     Demonstrate awareness of diverse cultures 

·     Aspire to be dependable 

Career Outlook 

The demand for Early Childhood professionals continues to increase. The careers that 

are available after graduation include: 

·     Child Care Teacher 

·     Child Care Teaching Assistant 

·     Family Child Care Provider 

·     Infant/Toddler Caregiver 

·     Head Start Educator 

·     Public/BIE School Teaching Assistant 

ECE Program Goals 

  1. To provide students with appropriate core body of knowledge, advance professional skills while embracing values and dispositions of children and families in early childhood education. 

  2. To advocate for the development, learning, and well-being of all young children in the field of Early Childhood. 

Certificate of Early Childhood Education

ECE Certificate Program Outcomes:

 

Students who successfully complete the Certificate in Early Childhood will: 

 

  1. Foster excellence through the Ojibwe cultural teachings to be continuous learners, leaders, and stewards of the Ojibwe language and culture. 

  2. Identify major theories and theorists in the field of early childhood education as well as social, and ethical issues that affect children and families. 

  3. Demonstrate professional knowledge and explain the physical, emotional, social, language, and cognitive development of the young child. 

 

Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education

ECE Associate of Science Program Outcomes: 

Students who successfully complete the Associate of Science Degree in Early Childhood will: 

 

  1. Foster excellence through the Ojibwe cultural teachings to be continuous learners, leaders, and stewards of the Ojibwe language and culture. 

  2. Identify major theories and theorists in the field of early childhood education as well as social, and ethical issues that affect children and families. 

  3. Demonstrate professional knowledge and explain the physical, emotional, social, language, and cognitive development of the young child. 

  4. Employ critical thinking, problem solving and performance skills by using a variety of teaching strategies, forms of assessment, and curriculum development. 

  5. Reflect and evaluate critical perspectives of their work, making informed decisions that integrate knowledge from a variety of sources, including ethical guidelines, and implementation of sound educational practices and policies in various early childhood settings. 

 

 

The Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College’s Early Childhood Education Program is aligned with both Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction & National Association for the Education of Young Children Program Standards and reflects Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework throughout.