Early Childhood Careers

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Early Childhood Careers 1

  • Course #: 828527 – Grades:  10, 11, 12 – Credits: Two
    • General Course Prerequisites: None

This course is designed to combine the study of child growth and development with participation in the planning and operation of a preschool laboratory for three- and four-year-olds. Opportunity is provided for students to prepare for careers involving children and for the responsibility of making daily decisions that affect children. Career opportunities that involve working with children are explored, such as social work, education, psychology, child-care, and medicine. Students enrolling in this course may be required to complete an application and/or have the approval of the instructor.

Diploma Seal: Students successfully completing this course may be eligible to earn a Career and Technical Education diploma seal.

Sequential Elective: Students successfully completing this course in conjunction with another one-credit course within the same program area will satisfy the sequential elective requirement for the standard or modified standard diploma.

Early Childhood Careers 2

  • Course # 828627 - Grades: 11, 12 - Credit: two 
    • Course Prerequisite: Early Childhood Careers 1

This course is a double-period course with classroom instruction and child development/preschool laboratory experience. Class instruction expands on the skills of Early Childhood Careers 1 and includes the development of employment strategies. Individual projects and training plans are required for school laboratory work experiences. Students enrolling in this course may be required to complete an application and/or have the approval of the instructor.

  • Industry Certification: Industry certification may be available as part of this course.
  • Diploma Seal: Students successfully completing this course may be eligible to earn a Career and Technical Education diploma seal.
  • Sequential Elective: Students successfully completing this course in conjunction with another one-credit course within the same program area will satisfy the sequential elective requirement for the standard or modified standard diploma.
  • Verified Credit: Successful completion of this course in conjunction with a corresponding industry certification may qualify for a student-selected verified credit.

College and Career Readiness

Academy graduates interested in early childhood careers may continue their studies at a variety of schools including:

  • Christopher Newport University

  • College of William and Mary

  • George Mason University

  • James Madison University

  • Longwood University • Northern VA Community College

  • Radford University

  • Virginia Commonwealth University

  • Virginia Tech University

The study of early childhood careers may lead to a variety of careers including:

  • childcare provider

  • daycare manager/owner

  • elementary school teacher

  • preschool teacher

  • psychologist

  • school counselor

  • social worker

  • speech therapist