Early Childhood Education

Explore a career in education while you earn college credit!

Have you ever thought about working with children?

Leavitt Area High School is pleased to offer a series of early childhood education dual-enrollment courses through Central Maine Community College. LAHS students who successfully complete ECE courses with a grade of C or higher will earn 3 college credits for each course which are transferrable to most Maine colleges. In addition, our unique partnership with CMCC and Turner Primary School allows students to volunteer in PreK-second grade classrooms to gain hands-on experience.

What types of jobs are early childhood educators qualified to do?

The Early Childhood Education (ECE) program prepares individuals to be skilled professionals qualified to work in a wide variety of early childhood settings including, but not limited to child care centers, Head Start, family child care, nursery schools, PreK- third grade classrooms, social service programs and programs for children with special needs. CMCC's curriculum is based on standards set by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and it promotes all facets of current best practices in the field.

Which ECE courses can I choose from?

ECE 100 - Introduction to Early Childhood Education (Fall 2017, Fall 2019)

This course provides an overview of all aspects of the professional field of Early Childhood Education, including the history, terminology, and career options in the field. Also discussed are diverse programs for young children, qualities, and skills of caregivers, health/safety and regulatory requirements of programs, principles of child development and partnerships with families. Prerequisites: none

ECE 113 -Curriculum and Environment for Young Children (Fall 2016 for class of 2017 only, Spring 2018 for class of 2018 only, Spring 2019 for class of 2019)

The physical, social, emotional, cognitive and language development of young children age 3-8 years will be reviewed in this course, as a basis for developing philosophy and goals for curriculum planning and development. Students will discuss and observe the diversity of learning styles, as well as ways to assess and evaluate development on an ongoing basis. The design of developmentally appropriate learning environments will be presented, and students will participate in hands-on experiences and assignments throughout the course. Prerequisites: ECE 100 and PSY 114; Co-requisite: ECE 297 or instructor permission.

ECE 150 Language and Literacy for Young Children (Spring 2018, Spring 2020)

Students will be introduced to how children acquire and develop language during the early years. The roles of the teach teacher in assisting children through the stages of language and communication development will be discussed. Developmentally appropriate ways to promote emerging literacy and to select and use excellent children’s literature while working in partnerships with families will be integral parts of this course.

EDU 220 Physical Activity and Nutrition for Students K-12 (Spring 2017, Spring 2019)

This course will provide students information and resources on the effect of physical activity and nutrition on children's readiness to learn in school, and provide opportunities to develop ways to integrate this information within classroom activities. Prerequisites: none

PSY 114 Child Development (Fall 2016, Fall 2018)

Development of the young child, from conception to pre-adolescence, will be studied through the presentation of theory, observation of children, and review of the current research. This will provide a holistic context for understanding the many variables that influence the on-going growth and development of young children. This course will also provide the basis for creating developmentally appropriate curriculum for children birth through age eight years. Prerequisites: none


Will I actually get to work with children?

Most ECE courses are held at the Turner Primary School in a learning lab. After the instructional portion of the class, ECE students are placed in PreK-second grade classrooms as a teacher's helper/volunteer. ECE students help children with a multitude of tasks including reading, writing, art activities and even going to physical education or music class.

Which classes can I take for the 2016-2017 school year?

If you will be a senior in the fall of 2016 and are new to the program, you may take PSY 114 during the fall semester and EDU 220 during the spring semester. If you will be a junior in the fall of 2016, you may take PSY 114 during the fall semester and EDU 220 in the spring, The following year you may take EDU 100 in the fall of 2017 as well as ECE 150 and ECE 113 in the spring of 2018.

Do I have to take all of the classes, or can I just take one or two?

You are welcome to take as many of these courses as you like as long as prerequisites are met.

How much will I have to pay for each course?

You will be responsible for the cost of books and additional course fees. The tuition will be waived by CMCC.

Do I have to pass a test in order to earn the college credits?

Unlike AP courses, you do not need to pass a test at the end to earn college credits. It is important to remember that most colleges will require you to earn a grade of a C or higher in order to transfer the course into a program.

How will these courses transfer to other colleges?

CMCC courses will transfer into most Maine colleges within a similar program or as electives. For a detailed breakdown, please consult with the guidance department.

How will I get to the Turner Primary School?

The bus leaves LAHS at 9:05 am and returns at 10:55 am. You will miss HPT in order to gain the classroom experience.