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Upon completion of the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Development and Education, the graduate will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of theories of human growth development and education and learning related to all children, birth through eight years.
- Plan appropriate learning experiences for individuals as well as groups of young children in inclusive settings.
- Demonstrate a competent, respectful, nurturing teaching style to meet children's needs.
- Develop appropriate educational practices for young children that foster the growth of skills in problem solving, decision-making, critical thinking, communication and emerging literacy.
- Use appropriate teaching strategies, including identification, selection and preparation of materials and methods to address children's individual differences in development and educational levels, culture and learning styles.
- Recognize and respect unique characteristics of families and demonstrate appropriate strategies to support and address family needs.
- Demonstrate a variety of strategies to evaluate children's growth and development and education in cooperation with parents and related professionals.
- Design a physically safe environment to facilitate children's independence and competence through constructive experiences.
- Reflect and evaluate one's professional, interdisciplinary role as teacher, team member, life-long learner and advocate for children and families.
- Demonstrate knowledge of content areas and familiarity with Ohio Department of Education's pre-kindergarten standards and K-3 benchmarks.