Early Care and Education Teacher Assistant

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.

Eligible Licensures/Certifications

  • 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.

Entrance Requirements

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.

At A Glance

Open To

High school juniors and seniors, adult students

Campus

Rockwell Child Development Center

Total Hours Required

525

Length

  • Full-time: 5 months of instruction
  • Part-time: 9 months of instruction
  • Program length may vary based on progress rate and/or summer school attendance

Times

Two sessions:

  • Monday — Friday, 8 a.m. to 10:55 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 3:25 p.m.
  • High school students enroll in either AM or PM session.
  • Adult students may enroll in AM or PM session, or both.

Student Resources

Uniform Purchase Instructions

Courses

  • Understanding Principles of Child Development and Learning 28 hours
  • Observing and Recording Children's Behavior 40 hours
  • Supporting Children's Social and Emotional Development 22 hours
  • Advancing Children's Physical and Intellectual Development 22 hours
  • Managing an Effective Program I 76 hours
  • Planning a Safe, Healthy Learning Environment 36 hours
  • Child Care Center Rotation I 240 hours
  • Building Productive Relationships with Families 61 hours

Tuition & Costs

Costs for High School Students

Licensure / Certifications

  • 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

Tuition & Fees

  • N/A

Textbooks, Supplies, and Certifications (Estimated)

  • OSBI Background Check: $19
  • Tennis shoes: $20-$35
  • Uniforms (2): $80

Total Estimated Costs for High School Students

$115

Costs for In-State Adult Students

Licensure / Certifications

  • 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

Tuition & Fees

  • $1,155
  • Fee: $15 (non-refundable)

Textbooks, Supplies, and Certifications (Estimated)

  • OSBI Background Check: $19
  • Tennis Shoes: $20-$35
  • Two uniforms: $80

Total Estimated Costs for In-State Adult Students

$1,285

Costs for Out-of-State Adult Students

Licensure / Certifications

  • 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

Tuition & Fees

  • $2,310
  • Fee: $15 (non-refundable)

Textbooks, Supplies, and Certifications (Estimated)

  • OSBI Background Check
  • Tennis Shoes: $20-$35
  • Uniforms(2): $80

Total Estimated Costs for Out-of-State Adult Students

$2,440

Employment & Outcomes

Salary Range

$7-$13

per hour

Pass Rate

55%

Positive Placement

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of this program are qualified to work for:

Private Child Care Centers, Corporate/Franchise Child Care Centers, Family Child Care Centers, Libraries (children's area), Children's Camps, Church Nurseries, Before/After School Care at Public Schools, Nanny or Au Pair

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