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Early Childhood Education Associate Teacher

Competency-Based Apprenticeship
Sponsoring Company:
National Center for Healthcare Apprenticeships (NCHA)
O*Net Code
Rapids Code
Req. Hours
Jul 16, 2021
Jul 16, 2021

Competency-Based Skills

9 skill sets | 32 total skills
Understands and Encourages Child Development and Learning
Knowledge about child development and learning
Facilitating child development and learning
Appreciates and Honors Culture, Diversity and Equity
Respect for differences and similarities
Culturally responsive approaches
Culture and Language Development and Learning
Recognizes The Significance of Relationships, Interactions and Guidance
Supporting Children’s Emotional Development
Social-emotional Climate
Socialization and Guidance
Understands and Fosters Family and Community Engagement
Communication with families
Relationships with children and families
Community resources
Understands and Supports Dual-Language Development
Dual-language program models and strategies
Development of the home language and of English
Observation and assessment of young dual-language learn learners
Relationships with families of dual-language learners
Understands and Utilizes Observation, Screening, Assessment and Documentation
Screening and Referral
Interpretation, planning and implementation
Recognizes Special Needs and Fosters Inclusion
Philosophy, policies and practices
Developmentally and individually appropriate practice
Collaboration with families and service providers
Environment access and adaptive equipment
Creates Learning Environments; Plans and Implements Curriculum
Curriculum and curriculum planning
Environments, schedules and routines
Strategies to support learning and development
Ensures Health, Safety & Good Nutrition
Environmental health and safety
Emergency preparedness
Response to health requirements
Child and Family Health

Technical Instruction

Child/Human Growth and Development - 45 req. hrs
Child Growth and Development: Apprentices examine the major physical, psychosocial, and cognitive/language developmental milestones for children, both typical and atypical, from conception through adolescence. There is an emphasis on interactions between maturational processes and environmental factors. While studying developmental theory and investigative research methodologies, apprentices will observe children, evaluate individual differences and analyze characteristics of development at various stages.
Child-Family-Community / Child-Family Relations - 45 req. hrs
Child, Family and Community: Apprentices examine the developing child in a societal context focusing on the inter-relationship of the family, school and community, and emphasizing historical and socio-cultural factors. The processes of socialization and identity development are highlighted, showing the importance of respectful, reciprocal relationships that support and empower families. Topics covered include: social influences on parenting styles, communication, child-rearing and the relationships between the child, family and school.
Sociology of the Family: Social factors which contribute to marriage and family. Changing historic, economic, and socio-cultural forces that shape intimate and familial relationships.

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