Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education

Program Description
» Influence the future of children who are full of life and love learning.
» Create dynamic and engaging activities to positively shape each child’s intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development.
» Operate a Five-Star preschool program that prepares children for kindergarten.
CAREER FOCUS: Prepared for immediate employment, advanced certifications, and further education
Program Courses
» Health, Safety, and Nutrition
» Curriculum and Instruction
» Early Childhood Education Principles
» Early Childhood Education Observation and Assessment
 
Certifications & Credentials
» Council for Professional Recognition - Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) - 12pts
» First Aid CPR - 1pt
» Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) - Communicable Disease Prevention for Childcare Personnel - 1pt 

 
College Credit Opportunities*
» EDUC 1110 Observation and Assessment (3h)
Hocking College - Articulation Agreement
» ED 1115 Community Health/Safety & Nutrition and Communicable Diseases (2h)
» ED 2141 Observing and Reading Behavior (2h)
CCP - College Credit Plus
» EDUC 1010 Introduction to Education (3h)
Zane State College - Articulation Agreement
» EDUC 1010 Introduction to Education (3h)
» EDUC 1110 Observation & Assessment (3h)
CTAG - Statewide Articulation
» CTECE001 Intro to Early Childhood Education (3h) 
» CTECE002 Health, Safety, and Nutrition (2h)
*Note: Qualifications Apply  
 
Career Opportunities
Program Instructor 
 
Instructor: Mrs. Katherine Lucas
Teaching since: 1996
Teaching at Mid-East since: 2001
Credentials: Masters in Educational Leadership, Bachelor's in Education, Master Teacher Certification, CDA PD Specialist
Field Experience: Head Start Preschool Teacher, Head Start Preschool Site Administrator, Early Childhood Transition Manager, Early Childhood Special Project Coordinator, Education Adjunct Faculty at Zane State 
Other Roles at Mid-East: FCCLA Advisor, Mid-East Preschool Director 
Notable Awards/Accomplishments: 2008 Hall of Fame Inductee, 2010 Family and Consumer Sciences New Career Teacher of the Year, 2010 Ohio New Professional Award, 2013 Zanesville Rotary Teacher of the Year, 2016 Ohio Career Tech Teacher of the Year
Hobbies/Interests: Fishing, spending time with family, reading and organizing
Family Graduates of Mid-East: Katherine Lucas, Stan Lucas (husband), Matthew Lucas (son), Mackenzie Lucas (daughter)
 
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