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Early Childhood Education

“If you love children and have patience, you could help children learn by enrolling in Early Childhood Education.” - Mrs. Marshal & Mrs. Wilkinson

Program Activities

  • Gain hands-on experience operating the MVCTC Preschool
  • Gain knowledge to earn Child Development Associate (CDA) Certification
  • Learn about creating lesson plans, assessing children, childhood nutrition, child development, and guidance
  • Potential to earn college credits from Sinclair Community College
Students in the Early Childhood Education program learn about children from birth to school age. In this program, students develop lesson plans and incorporate these for the MVCTC Preschool as well as field sites. They will gain an understanding of how children develop and how to incorporate the Ohio Department of Education preschool standards into their curriculum. Each student will be trained in CPR, First Aid and Child Abuse recognition/prevention and communicable disease recognition. The students also have the opportunity to take Child Development Associate (CDA) course work so at the end of the senior year they are eligible to apply for their CDA credential. This program will give the students the knowledge and foundation to become a teacher in the Early Childhood field.

As a junior in the Early Childhood Education program, students are introduced to how a preschool operates. They are responsible for making all the materials and lesson plans that go along with the lesson being taught. They study units on assessing children, nutrition, child development, guidance and many more. Seniors continue to operate the MVCTC preschool, with activities that include art, science, math, writing, and language arts. Seniors complete a major project designing a plan to start their own day care center from the floor plan drawing to finalizing a business plan.

Students in the Early Childhood Education program will go on to work in child care programs and can earn their Child Development Associate (CDA) certificate. Many of the students go on to Sinclair Community College and earn their Associate's Degree and work as an early childhood educator. Others choose to complete a four-year degree in education, become nannies, teachers in daycare centers, teacher's aides, or home day care providers.

Bureau of Labor Statistics Data

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Industry Standard Certificates

  • CDA

Based on the most recent Ohio State Report Card Data for this MVCTC Career Technical Program

  • 94% of students were working, in college, or the military one-year after completing this program


"MVCTC has really prepared me for my future. I have learned so much in the past year and a half. When I attend Sinclair next year, I will be ahead of the other students who go there straight from a regular high school."
- Alexis Cusick
Vandalia Butler

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Early Childhood Careers

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