Early Childhood

Students in Early Childhood Education explore the growth and development of children from birth to third grade and the importance of early intervention for school readiness. Junior students work in our state licensed preschool for children ages 3, 4 and 5 years. Students plan and present all of the developmentally appropriate lessons to the children. Required trainings provided include Communicable Disease, Child Abuse, Pediatric First Aid and CPR for infant/children/adults. Senior students work with infants, toddlers and elementary school children from kindergarten through third grade. Students also research disabilities and explore various ways to make accommodations in the classroom.  Students are actively pursuing the Child Development Associate (CDA) National Credential.

  • Pre-K Teacher
  • Infant/Toddler Teacher
  • Latch Key School-Age Teacher
  • Summer School-Age Teacher
  • Kid Watch Assistant
  • Teacher- Pre-K, Elementary, Secondary, or
  • Special Education
  • Head Start Director/Teacher
  • Preschool Director
  • School Psychologist
  • Social Worker
  • Licensing Specialist
  • Nanny or Governess
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Speech Therapist

*Average Salary Range: $20,000- $93,000

*Based on skill level, education and experience

The Early Childhood Education program laid the foundations I needed to move forward to the next level….the program gave me the self-confidence needed when communicating with adults and professionals in the outside world.

Pam Bennett–RG Drage Early Childhood Education/Northwest High School Graduate; LSW Child Advocate/Guardian ad Litem

Program Instructor: Heidi Lieser Email: heidi.lieser@rgdrage.org
Industry Credentials: Child Development Associate (CDA), Child Abuse Awareness & Prevention, Communicable Disease, CPR-First Aid
Course Credits: 3 Credits Per Year
Student Organization: Family, Career and Community Leaders of America
College Partners: Stark State College, University of Akron, Kent State University, Hocking College

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