Early Childhood Education Academy Pathway

Early Childhood Education Academy Pathway

The Early Childhood Education Academy Pathway offers is designed for students who wish to explore a career in early childhood education, own or operate a child care facility, teach elementary, middle school or high school, work with the elderly, or be a parent. Utilizing in- depth exploration and experiences, students learn by doing. Whether planning and implementing lesson plans, creating a teaching resource or garnering important real world experience at Smithfield High School’s onsite playschool facility, Early Childhood Education Pathways students enjoy smaller class size, increased instructional attention and a personalized environment that makes focusing on the skills required to succeed in education easier and more rewarding.

Core Classes

7507 Careers in Child Care

Careers in Child Care focuses on the emotional, social, intellectual, and physical development of the child from two to age five. The ultimate goal is to help students develop an understanding of child development as it relates to families, parenting and careers in child care. Parenting skills and school to work competencies are emphasized. Students study management skills, practical decision making, and critical thinking as well as participate in a playschool center located in the classroom.

7503 Child Care II Honors

Child Care II Honors focuses on the social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development of the child ages four to six. Students will participate in the classroom playschool center as skills and knowledge learned in class will be applied directly by working with young children from the community. Students will experience in-depth work within the area of education as they design developmentally appropriate activities and lessons using the Rhode Island Early Learning Development Standards to support children’s learning.

7504 Child Development and Human Relations

Child Development and Human Relations concerns itself with the prenatal development and birth of a child, as well as an understanding of the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of the newborn through age three. Rhode Island Early Learning Development Standards are revisited as part of the Pathway requirement and students will have the responsibility of taking care of “Real Care Baby”.

7509 Teaching Children and Adults

Teaching Children and Adults gives students a more in-depth experience working with young children and adults. Students will plan and implement lesson and unit plans for various age groups as well as create teaching resource files and employment portfolios and participate in the classroom playschool center.

In addition students will obtain a field experience placement in the community working with young children at a local preschool, elementary school, middle school, library, or adults at the senior center or senior health center.

Early Childhood Education Pathway Electives

  • 7500 Family and Consumer Survey
  • 7501 Textiles, Clothing and Fashion I
  • 7511 Textiles, Clothing and Fashion II
  • 7508 Interior Design and Housing
  • 7502 Food, Nutrition and Wellness
  • 7505 Culinary Arts/Foods II
  • 7510 Senior Survival