Child Care - Individuals with Disabilities, Continuing Education Workforce Certificate
A lead teacher in a preschool or day care setting is responsible for the academic, social-emotional growth and development of children in their care who are usually toddler and preschool aged children. Lead teachers work with parents, administrators and other teachers to improve students' experience and meet teaching objectives. Additionally, lead teachers plan, evaluate and improve the physical environment of the classroom to create opportunities that meet the changing needs of the developing child.
This program prepares students with learning differences or disabilities for work as lead teacher or assistant in a day care or preschool. Students learn the theories of human development and physical growth along with family and diversity issues. Topics include applying theory to practical situations, major development in physical and psychological growth, and developmentally appropriate practice. Students will learn how to develop a unit plan, develop a lesson plan, create an effective classroom environment, and understand the cognitive and behavioral differences in stages of early childhood. This track provides instruction that is multisensory, multimodal, personalized, and incorporates elements of universal design for learning. Classes are taught with a low student-teacher ratio to better meet the needs of individual learners.
Students entering this program should have a desire to work with young children, strong verbal communication skills, strong interpersonal skills, and be able to give and take direction well.
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Upon successful completion of this Continuing Education Workforce Certificate, students will be able to:
1. prepare to become a lead teacher in a day care setting,
2. meet the eligibility requirements for 90-hour Maryland certification, and
3. teach curriculum using methods designed for special learners.