Early Childhood Development
Early Childhood Development Fundamentals
Early childhood professionals support development of young children, birth to age 5, through the design and implementation of appropriate lesson planning, according to the children’s needs.
- Core curriculum focuses on the appropriate practices that support young children in their development:
- Program requires many hours observing children and participating in programs for children
- Associate degree program can be used as a “step up” to bachelor's degree in early childhood education program in the College of Education
- Option to earn Child Care Worker certificate available in addition to associate degree
- are innovative and interactive
- use multimedia technology to enhance classroom learning
Students gain practical experience through observation and participation in UA's Center for Early Childhood Development and other centers in Akron and surrounding areas.
Gain professional experience through UA's optional cooperative education program or an internship. Participation gives you firsthand, on-the-job training in the field of your choice. Through co-op, you’ll alternate semesters of work and school while earning a competitive salary.
Education Student Organizations
Interact with other early childhood education students and professionals in the field through organizations such as:
- Student Association for the Education of Young Children
- Akron Council of Education Students
- Black Education Students
- American Society for Training and Development
- Student Council for Exceptional Children
Degrees and Preparation
A degree in early childhood development prepares you to work in a variety of environments, such as:
- child care settings as assistant teacher or head teacher
- Head Start program director
- community child care centers
- family home daycare centers
- various agencies
Job opportunities for early childhood professionals are rapidly growing, due to the high percentage of women in the work force who have need for child care. Areas of the U.S. experiencing population growth, such as the South and West, have the greatest need.
The Career Center creates links among students, alumni and local professionals. You will have access to:
- Career Resource Library
- co-op/internships through Career Advantage Network
- computer stations for resume writing and employment research
- UA Career Fairs