About this Major
Early Care and Education Teacher Assistant students learn about the stages of development and how to foster and encourage the learning process for pre-school age children. Students learn about lesson planning, child behavior, and how to promote positive relationship building in the classroom.
Graduates find successful careers at daycares, in pre-school classrooms, in private homes as nannies, in church daycares and nurseries, or after school care in public schools.
The work environment for Early Care and Education Teacher Assistant graduates is fast-paced and ever-changing. Childcare workers perform their job both indoors and outdoors in all kinds of weather. Child care can be physically demanding, and often workers must be able to stand for long periods of time, sit and crawl on the floor with children, and lift children and furniture up to 50 pounds.
- Oklahoma Department of Career and Technical Education Teacher Assistant
- Oklahoma Department of Career and Technical Education Entry Level Child Care Training
- CPR/First Aid Certification
- Quest for Quality Oklahoma Early Learning Guidelines Ages 3-5
This career major's curriculum meets the professional licensure requirements for Oklahoma but may not meet the licensure requirements for other states.
Prior to beginning class, all students must obtain an OSBI Criminal Background Check. This check must be free of any criminal activity involving violence against a person; child abuse or neglect; possession, sale or distribution of illegal drugs; sexual misconduct; gross irresponsibility; or disregard for the safety of others. All students must provide documentation annually that the health training requirements are met. Adult students must have a high school diploma or GED to enter the program.