The UAM College of Technology-McGehee has openings for students in its early childhood education program being offered at the Southeast Arkansas Community-Based Education Center (SEACBEC) in Warren, according to Amanda Kuttenkuler, project coordinator for the McGehee campus.
The program teaches students to educate infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Courses are offered during the day as well as in the evening to teach students to understand the social, emotional, intellectual, and physical growth and development of young children. Fall semester classes began August 20.
Students enrolled in the program may earn a certificate of proficiency, a technical certificate, or an associate of applied science in general technology degree. These degree options prepare graduates to obtain positions in early childcare programs, home visiting programs, as preschool teachers, paraprofessionals and as teaching assistants. Students also obtain practical experience in early childhood settings while completing their coursework.
The certificate of proficiency requires 12 hours of course work and may be completed as a full-time student in the fall semester. The technical certificate may be completed by the end of the first summer term with 45 hours. Students who earn the associate of applied science in general technology degree complete an additional 15 hours of general education coursework.
Students who complete the early childhood program will be able to observe and assess children from birth to five years old, plan developmentally appropriate programs for these children and be able to apply the principles of child development. Graduates also are able to establish effective relationships with families and understand the strategies involved in managing an effective program.
New students must complete an enrollment application and submit a copy of their immunization record and high school and/or college transcripts. Entrance exam scores are also necessary. Interested individuals should contact Teresa Sandine at (870) 226-2750 for more information or visit the campus located at 800 North Walnut in Warren.