Childhood and Adolescent Development / STARS

Teacher: Jennifer Armas

 

Industry Sector: Education, Child Development and Family Services

Career Pathway: Child Development and Education


Location: F-7

Phone: 632-6500 ext.6605

 
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Program Description

The Child Development & Education program offers courses designed to prepare students to pursue a career working with children, including Education. Students who enroll in the program will gain knowledge in the fields of child development, teaching, including hands-on experience working with students in a classroom setting, and career readiness. 

Entry-level courses will focus on the stages of development of children from birth to adolescence and the different milestones reached in order to prepare students for their internship in the classroom working in elementary, middle, or high school classrooms. In the final course, students will be paired with an experienced mentor teacher working at a local school. Students will learn teaching strategies, classroom management, and create and teach age-appropriate lessons in their classrooms.

Upon completion of the program, students will finish the year with over 75 hours of practical Early Childhood work experience and a portfolio with a resume, references, and work samples to be used. Those who achieve competency in the courses will be prepared to enter Child Development or Education courses at the college level.

Program Sequence

Childhood & Adolescent Development I
Grade Level: 9-10

Prerequisite: None

 Requirements Met: WHS Elective

Childhood and Adolescent Development is a Career Technical Education course, which provides students the opportunity to study the physical, cognitive, language, social, and emotional developmental stages of children from conception through adolescence. Students will study topics such as brain development, families and parenting, prenatal development, developmental milestones from birth through adolescence, health and safety issues, guidance and discipline, cultural diversity, child care, education, children with special needs, and career decisions. This course provides a solid foundation for any career that involves working with children.

Childhood & Adolescent Development II
Grade Level: 10-11
Prerequisite: Childhood & Adolescent Development I

 Requirements Met: WHS Elective

Childhood and Adolescent Development II, is a Career Technical Education course, which is centered around the developmental psychology of children and adolescents. This course provides students the opportunity to study the physical, perceptual, cognitive, personality, and language developmental stages of children from school-age through adolescence. It includes the principle theories of development, their interrelatedness, and their application. Students who enroll in Childhood and Adolescent Development II will gain knowledge in the fields of child development, child psychology and career readiness.

STARS - Students Teaching and Reaching Standards
Grade Level: 11-12
Prerequisite: Childhood & Adolescent Development I, application, interview, and selection process.

 Requirements Met: WHS Elective

STARS is a Career Technical Education course that is offered to Junior and Senior students and is the capstone course for the Education Pathway. Students study positive interactions and guidance techniques and developmentally appropriate practices and curriculum activities. Students will also study education as a profession and a field of study, California’s content standards and frameworks, teacher performance standards, theories of human development and implications for a classroom, principles of teaching and learning, principles of team-building and creating a positive school climate, philosophies of education and leadership, exceptional student issues, controversial issues in education, and job-seeking skills. Once trained, students are assigned a classroom at a school within our district where they participate in an internship allowing students to apply their learning in authentic situations in order to deepen their ability to think critically and solve problems in real-life situations and reflect on their own teaching practices. Upon completion, students will finish the year with over 75 hours of practical Early Childhood work experience and a portfolio with a resume, references, and work samples. Students must provide their own transportation to and from the assigned school site. 

Program Outcomes and Certifications

  • Internship at local elementary, middle, or high school

  • Over 75 hours of practical, hands-on Early Childhood work experience

  • Portfolio, complete with a professional resume, professional references, and work samples

  • Develop leadership, time management, and critical thinking skills

Program Video

Childhood Development Students at Work