Vermont Child Care Industry and Careers Council

Apprenticeship Course Descriptions

All courses are taken at Community College of Vermont (CCV)

Dimensions of Self and Society (INT 1050) *

In this interdisciplinary first-semester seminar, students make the transition to college-level academic culture.  This seminar is designed to help students develop the learning skills and habits of success that will support them throughout their college experience and as they consider career pathways.  Reading, writing, and discussion (both in class and online) are central to developing an understanding of academic and societal responsibility. Students will start by analyzing personal beliefs and styles of thinking and then begin to look at how others and society view core concepts such as power, dissent, alienation, oppression, and freedom.

Communication in the Early Childhood Education & Afterschool Workplace (COM 1015)

In this course students will develop effective communication and relationship-building skills for early childhood education and afterschool workplace settings. The course focuses on building effective communication skills with parents, colleagues, children, youth, and community partners. Emphasis will be placed on active listening, observation, reporting, and the use of clear language in interpersonal and small group situations.

Child Development (PSY 2010)

In this course, students will explore child development from conception through preadolescence. The course emphasizes physical, emotional, social, cognitive, behavioral, and communication development of the child. Topics include developmental theories, research, applications, and assessment tools.

Supporting Young Children with Diverse Abilities (EDU 1270)

Prerequisites: Child Development (PSY 2010)

This course introduces students to the history, philosophy, legislation, and recommended practices for supporting children with diverse abilities from birth through age 8. The course will provide an overview of typical and atypical development and explore impacts of congenital and environmental factors on children with diverse abilities. Course topics will include family-centered practice, early intervention, at-risk populations, inclusion, referrals, and partnerships with special education and health professionals.

Curriculum Development for Early Childhood Education (EDU 2045)

Recommended Prior Learning: a course in child development.

This course explores philosophical principles and practical demands of building curricula for early childhood education. Based on integrated state and national standards, emphasis is on developing a child-centered and developmentally appropriate curricula for the early years from infancy to age eight.

Early Childhood Education & Afterschool Program Management (EDU 2042)

The course is designed to provide an overview of the role and responsibilities of the early childhood and/or afterschool program administrator. Topics will include philosophy and design, personnel and resource management, and legal and financial considerations. Students will develop skills and identify resources to better prepare themselves for meeting the challenges faced by early childhood administrators.

Leadership, Mentoring & Supervision for Early Childhood & Afterschool Practitioners (EDU 2041)

This course focuses on the development of leadership and mentoring by practitioners in early education and afterschool settings. It provides a basic understanding of leadership and group dynamics theory including goal setting, decision making, problem solving, delegation, motivation, and performance evaluation. Students will develop a personal philosophy of leadership and become familiar with strategies for mentoring early childhood and afterschool professionals.

*This course may be waived for students who have successfully completed 5 college courses in recent years. A transcript must be sent to VCCICC for review.