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Early Childhood Care & Education* (IB) Pathway

Why Early Childhood Care & Education?

Preschool, kindergarten and elementary school teachers play a vital role in the development of children. They introduce children to math, language, science and social studies and teach basic skills. Teachers design classroom presentations to meet students’ needs and abilities. They also work with students individually. They are responsible for planning, evaluating and assigning lesson plans; preparing, administering and grading tests and maintaining discipline.

Most early childhood education teachers work a 10-month school year with a 2-month vacation during the summer. Many teachers work more than 40 hours a week. Teachers often work with students from varied ethnic, racial and religious backgrounds. With growing minority populations in most parts of the US, teachers must work effectively with a diverse student population. Employment opportunities in this field require dedication, but can also leave you with a great sense of accomplishment and making a difference in another person’s life.

Choosing this pathway will lead you to a career (among many options) as any of the following:

•   Au pair
•   Childcare Director
•   Counselor
•   Designer of children’s products
•   Education Administrator
•   Family Child Care Home Operator
•   Elementary School Teacher
•    Nanny
•    Parent Educator
•    Preschool Teacher
•    Social Worker
•    Rehabilitation Counselor
•    Teacher’s Aide

Because teachers play a significant role in the development of a child’s education and personality, all public school teachers are required to have a bachelor’s degree and complete an approved teacher training program with a specific number of subject and education credits and supervised training. However, licensing and rules for private school teachers and preschool teachers vary by the state.

Just like students, teachers must continually update their skills so they can instruct and use the latest technology in the classroom. The Early Childhood Education Career Pathway helps build your real world teaching experience and provides a basis for the essential skills you need to make a positive influence on a child’s education and life.


The International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP) is an innovative education framework incorporating the vision and educational principles of the IB into a unique programme specifically tailored for students who wish to engage in career-related learning. The aim of the IBCP is to provide students with both an academic and practical foundation to support both their further studies and specialized training, thereby ensuring their success in the workforce. The IBCP combines highly regarded and internationally recognized IB Diploma Programme courses with an approved career-related study and a unique IBCP core. Early Childhood Care & Education is one of eleven MHS Career Pathways that has been approved for the IBCP.

Georgia Early Childhood Education Foundation (GECEF) logo *The Early Childhood Care & Education Pathway is "industry certified" by the Georgia Early Childhood Education Foundation (GECEF). An "industry certified" program has received a "stamp of excellence," which represents the apex of program quality. Only those programs that have successfully undergone rigorous reviews by leaders from business and industry are recognized with this distinction.

Early Childhood Courses

Early Childhood Care & Education Course Schedule

Early Childhood Education I – 2 semesters.
The Early Childhood Education I course is the foundation course under the Early Childhood Care & Education pathway and prepares the student for employment in early childhood education and services. The course addresses the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors associated with supporting and promoting optimal growth and development of infants and children. 

Early Childhood Education II – 2 semesters.
Prerequisites: ECE I
Early Childhood Education II is the second course in the ECE pathway and further prepares the student for employment in early childhood care and education services. The courses provide a history of education, licensing and accreditation requirements, and foundations of basic observation practices and applications. Early childhood care, education, and development issues are also addressed and include health, safety, and nutrition education; certification in CPR/First Aid/Fire Safety; information about child abuse and neglect; symptoms and prevention of major childhood illnesses and diseases; and prevention and control of communicable illnesses.

Early Childhood Education III –  2 semesters.
Prerequisites: ECE I and ECE II
This course provides an in-depth study of early brain development and its implications for early learning, appropriate technology integration, and developmentally appropriate parenting and child guidance trends.  Also addressed are collaborative parent/teacher/child relationships and guidance, child-directed play, the changing dynamics of family culture and diversity, the causes and effects of stress on young children and infant nutrition. 

Early Childhood Education Internship
Students can apply for an internship through the Youth Apprenticeship Program (YAP) with Work-based Learning.

Post Secondary Institutions of Study

Post-Secondary Institutes to Study Early Childhood Care & Education

•    Albany Technical College
•    Altamaha Technical College
•    Appalachian Technical College
•    Art Institute of Atlanta
•    Athens Technical College
•    Atlanta Technical College
•    Augusta Technical College
•    Bauder College
•    Central Georgia Technical College
•    Chattahoochee Technical College
•    Columbus Technical College
•    Coosa Technical College
•    DeKalb Technical College
•    East Central Technical College
•    Flint River Technical College
•    Fort Valley State University
•    Georgia Southern University
•    Georgia State University
•    Georgia Virtual Technical College
•    Griffin Technical College
•    Gwinnett Technical College
•    Heart Of Georgia Technical College
•    Kennesaw State University
•    Lanier Technical College
•    Middle Georgia Technical College
•    Moultrie Technical College
•    North Georgia Technical College
•    Ogechee Technical College
•    Okefenokee Technical College
•    Sandersville Technical College
•    Savannah College of Art and Design
•    Savannah Technical College
•    South Georgia Technical College
•    Southeastern Technical College
•    Southwest Georgia Technical College
•    Swainsboro Technical College
•    Technical College
•    University of Georgia
•    Valdosta Technical College
•    West Central Technical College



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