Education & Training
Adult Roles & Responsibilities
Adult Roles and Responsibilities builds knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors students will need as they prepare to take the next steps toward adulthood in today’s ever-changing society. This class uses a project-based approach that utilizes higher order thinking, communication, leadership, and management processes in order to integrate suggested topics into the study of individual and family issues. The focus is on becoming independent, contributing, and responsible participants in family, community, and career settings. Topics include: living independently and family formation; analysis of personal standards, needs, aptitudes, and goals; integration of family, community, career responsibilities; consumer choices and decision making related to nutrition and wellness, clothing, housing, and transportation; financial management; relationship of technology and environmental issues to family and consumer resources; and community roles and responsibilities of families and individuals. Applications through authentic settings such as volunteer experiences, and service learning will be utilized.
Child Development addresses the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors associated with supporting and promoting optimal growth and development of infants and children. This class uses a project-based approach that utilizes higher order thinking, communications, leadership, and management processes in order to integrate suggested topics into the study of individual and family issues. The focus is on research-based nurturing and parenting practices and skills that support positive development of children. Topics include: consideration of the roles, responsibilities, and challenges of parenthood; human sexuality; adolescent pregnancy; prenatal development; preparation for birth; the birth process; meeting the physical, social, emotional, intellectual, moral, and cultural growth and developmental needs of infants and children; impacts of heredity, environment, and family and societal crisis on caring for children with special needs; parental resources, services, and agencies; and career awareness.
Advanced Child Development
Advanced Child Development is for those students interested in life foundations, academic enrichment, and/or careers related to knowledge of children, child development, and nurturing of children. This course addresses issues of child development from age 4 through age 8 (grade 3). It builds on the Child Development course, which is a prerequisite. Advanced Child Development includes the study of professional and ethical issues in child development; child growth and development; child development theories, research, and best practices; child health and wellness; teaching and guiding children; special conditions affecting children; and career exploration in child development and nurturing. A project-based approach that utilizes higher order thinking, communication, leadership, management, and fundamentals to college and career success is recommended in order to integrate these topics into the study of child development. Direct, concrete mathematics and language arts proficiencies will be applied. Service learning, introductory laboratory/field experiences with children in preschool and early elementary school settings, and other authentic applications are strongly recommended. This course provides a foundation for continuing and post-secondary education in all career areas related to children, child development, and nurturing of children.
Education & Early Childhood Careers
Location: Ivy Tech Community College in Warsaw. Students must provide their own transportation.
The students can choose from two options 1) Coursework that leads to the Associate of Applied or the Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education which transfers to IPFW’s Elementary Education Program or 2) Coursework that leads to the Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) which is a workforce certification. The student may earn up to 12 hours of college credit at Ivy Tech Community College. This course has a field experience component along with the classroom work.
Education and Early Childhood Careers is recommended for students with interests in early childhood, education, and related services career paths and provides the foundation for the study in higher education that leads to early childhood, education, and other child-related careers. The course of study includes, but is not limited to: planning and guiding developmentally appropriate activities for young children or school-aged children; developmentally appropriate practices of guidance and discipline; application of basic health and safety principles when working with children; overview of management and operation of licensed child care facilities or educational settings; Indiana state child care regulations and licensing requirements or regulations related to school-aged children; and employability skills. A standards-based plan for each student guides the student’s lab or field experiences.
Interpersonal Relationships addresses the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors all students need to participate in positive, caring, and respectful relationships in the family and with individuals at school, in the community, and in the workplace. This class uses a project-based approach that utilizes higher order thinking, communications, leadership, and management processes to integrate suggested topics into the study of individual and family issues. Topics include components of healthy relationships, roles, and responsibilities in relationships; functions and expectations of various relationships; ethics in relationships; factors that impact relationships (e.g. power, conflicting interests, peer pressure, life events); establishing and maintaining relationships; building self-esteem and self-image through healthy relationships; communication styles; techniques for effective communication, leadership, and teamwork; individual and group goal setting and decision making; preventing and managing stress and conflict; addressing violence and abuse; and related resources, services, and agencies. Applications through authentic settings such as volunteer experiences and service learning will be experienced.