ERIC Number: ED529248
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Reference Count: N/A
Early Childhood Education. Program CIP: 19.0709
Murdock, Ashleigh Barbee, Ed.
Research and Curriculum Unit
Secondary vocational-technical education programs in Mississippi are faced with many challenges resulting from sweeping educational reforms at the national and state levels. Schools and teachers are increasingly being held accountable for providing true learning activities to every student in the classroom. This accountability is measured through increased requirements for mastery and attainment of competency as documented through both formative and summative assessments. The courses in this document reflect the statutory requirements as found in Section 37-3-49, Mississippi Code of 1972, as amended (Section 37-3-46). In addition, this curriculum reflects guidelines imposed by federal and state mandates (Laws, 1988, ch. 487, Section 14; Laws, 1991, ch. 423, Section 1; Laws, 1992, ch. 519, Section 4 effective from and after July 1, 1992; Carl D. Perkins Vocational Education Act IV, 2007; and No Child Left Behind Act of 2001). The Early Childhood Education Curriculum prepares students for future success in the field of early childhood education by improving academic and technology skills, improving employability skills, and articulating courses to community colleges. The rigorous and relevant 2-year program is based on state and national standards, CDA (Child Development Associate) competency standards, NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) standards, and 21st century workforce skills. The course is a 2-year program offering 4 Carnegie units of credit. The industry of early childhood education is preparing for changes due to high rates of teacher retirement, national and state initiatives and requirements, and the new focus on the field of early childhood education. The course allows for core academic subjects to be integrated into the curriculum, which are vital to students' success. Research projects that early childhood teacher qualifications will increase, from the previous 2006 minimum standard of CDA, to an associate degree by 2010, with additional work toward a baccalaureate degree by 2020. This curriculum provides students with the background and experience needed to obtain a CDA credential within the summer after graduation. Appended are: (1) 21st Century Skills Standards; (2) MS Academic Standards; (3) ACT College Readiness Standards; (4) National Industry Standards; (5) National Educational Technology Standards for Students; and (6) Glossary. A list of references is provided for each unit.
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Secondary School Curriculum, Early Childhood Education, Courses, Time on Task, Competence, Course Objectives, Teaching Methods, Student Evaluation, Academic Standards, College Readiness, Scoring Rubrics, Check Lists
Research and Curriculum Unit. Mississippi State University, 103 Russell Street, Starkville, MS 39759. Tel: 662-325-2510; Fax: 662-325-3296; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.rcu.msstate.edu
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: Mississippi Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Technical Education; Mississippi State University, Research and Curriculum Unit
Identifiers - Location: Mississippi