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Child Development Bridge 3

Career Field: Education

Adult Career Pathway: Early Childhood Education

Type: Bridge course

Prepares Students for: Entry into first course in community college 16-credit Child Development Careers Certificate program

Target Student Population: TABE D Reading 7.0-12.5; participants must pass background check required to work with young children

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Course Description: Course focuses on stages of development – infant, toddler, preschool and school-age; literacy development; and early childhood education as a profession – careers, roles and responsibilities, ethics and teamwork. Emphasis is placed on academic and soft skills necessary for ABE and college success; and students are assisted in discerning their own career pathway. In addition to in-class time, students complete 24 hours of volunteering in an early childhood education setting. Utilizes Essentials for Child Development Associates Working with Young Children, 2nd Edition.

Duration: 12 weeks, 6 hours per week = 72 hours of instruction

Curriculum Description: Includes 8 units, each with unit outline, reading/writing/ vocabulary and other learning activities, unit “final product” activities, volunteer assignments to apply unit topic, and assessments. Entry-level Training Modules provide PowerPoint presentations and additional active learning options.

Curriculum Pluses: Integrates transition skills and digital literacy with study of content. Volunteer assignments ensure learners connect theory with practice. Entry-level Training Modules are written by child development college faculty at accessible level for ABE learners. Unit documents are in Microsoft Word, thus easily modified.

Curriculum Drawbacks: Unit outlines may be difficult to decipher, lack objectives, include notes specific to the original instructor. Some activities on Learner Web and some videos may be unavailable. Some activities and materials are specific to one community and technical college; will need to be modified in new setting.

Author: Elizabeth Andress, St. Paul ABE

Published: 2012


Elizabeth Andress
651-983-8105 / [email protected]