The field of early childhood is ever expanding as the need for quality care increases. With the explosion of research on brain development making headlines, the public demands a professionally trained workforce to care for young children. The evidence is clear that knowledgeable, caring professionals create environments that impact children in a positive way.
The Early Childhood Development Program at UA - Pulaski Technical College prepares students by providing them a variety of program options. Students can choose the option that best fits their personal goals. The Certificate of Proficiency meets the requirements to take the national CDA assessment. The Technical Certificate prepares students to work as an aide in an early childhood classroom. The AAS degree plan contains the courses for the Birth through Pre-kindergarten Teaching Credential. The state trainings – Pre- K ELLA, INDEX, Frameworks, and SEL – are imbedded in the regular courses offered in the teaching credential. This teaching credential allows a student to work in a non-public prekindergarten classroom, a Head Start or Early Head Start classroom, or as a para-professional in a public school classroom. With this degree a student may also transfer to a four-year institution to acquire a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Development.
This program is designed to allow students to progress through the courses at their own pace. The classes are offered at a variety of times to meet the needs of those students who are already employed in the field.
The Early Childhood Lab School - Little Learners Academy participates in the Arkansas Better Beginnings Program. The center serves as a place for the education students to fulfill requirements for courses in the program. The lab school’s staff is educated in the field and trained to mentor students.
UA-PTC has grants from the University of Arkansas to offer noncredit training to meet the needs of child care providers. These training sessions are offered at times and locations convenient to working professionals. For additional information, click here for the TAPP Registry website and training schedule.