Careers in Ed./Child Development

   Careers in Education
Early Childhood Education

Instructor: Tama Sweet
The Careers in Educaiton Program (CED) of study is an innovative approach designed to attract talented students to the field of education. In addition to being knowledgeable in their subject(s), teachers must have the ability to communicate, inspire trust and confidence, motivate learners, as well as understand their educational and emotional needs. Teachers must be able to recognize and respond to individual differences in diverse learners and employ different teaching methods resulting in higher achievement. There are many careers in the field other than teaching, but each of these careers requiares a basic knowledge of human growth and development, how learning occurs, and how to manage groups of people in a variety of settings and at a variety of ages.

The Early Childhoold Educaiton Program (ECE) of study focuses on the knowkedge, skills attitues and practices of human development required for careers in the field of Early Childhood Education. Emphasis is placed on the integration of all aspects of development into best practices for nuturing children from birth through age eight. Courses are aligned with Office of Early Learning requirements.

Simulated Work Place

Students become employees...
In this protion of our program, students learn and perform the myriad of tasks taken on by an educator, other than lesson planning and instruction. Organizing paperwork, planning field trips, fundraising, ordering supplies, and bulletin board creation are but a few. Students will learn the technology skills, professional ethics, and independence skills needed to be competitive in today's job market. Like all of the programs at FIT, the ECE/CED program is designed to mirror real-world experiences and responsibilities.

Community Service and Literacy Programs

Santa's Wish List - Students collect new and used children's books to distribute at local Christmas parades.

Read for the Record - Students participate in this national initiative to provide books for private homes and pre-schools around the country.

Costumed Read Aloud - Students dress as characters from classic children's stroies and read to local elementary students.

Cultural Enrichment - Students rais money to take Kindergarten students to the WV State Museum and the Children's Theatre of Charleston twice each year.

Educators Rising

The Carrer and Techincal Student Organization (CTSO) assiciated with the ECE/CED program is Educators Rising. It is a free national membership organization for aspiring teachers and their mentors. Many of the national members are participating in a school-based program that helps young people explore teaching in secondary or postsecondary. It provides an opportunity to meet with peers and experts from around the country who are focusing on the same issues and challenges. We attend conferences and competitions at the state and national level. Students who apply themselves earn the chance to participate in once in a lifetime experiences.

Students who choose to attend college are not only expertly prepared, they may qualify for college credits. Depending on the college or university they attend, students may earn as many as 21 EDGE credits.

Studnets who complete all 8 ECE/CED courses qualify for an embedded high school Transitional English Credit.


 Students earn industry credentials that will allow them to work directly after high school

  • American Association for Family and Consumer Sciences Pre-PAC Certifications in Hearly Childhood Educaiton and Fundamentals of Education
  • CPR for Infant, Child and Adult
  • First Aid
  • OSHA-10