November 2014, Volume 18, Number 4

Features

Kids in classroom
MDC’s School of Education (SOE) is leading the way in improving our nation’s education system with a series of enhancements to its already renowned Early Childhood Education curriculum.

A Steady Climb Up the Ladder

Numerous studies have shown that for every dollar invested in high-quality early education, much more is saved later down the road. Putting this knowledge to good use, MDC’s School of Education (SOE) is leading the way in improving our nation’s education system with a series of enhancements to its already renowned Early Childhood Education curriculum.

“Our Associate in Science degree programs are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and we are the only institution nationally that has four accredited programs within the same institution,” said Dr. Susan Neimand, director of MDC’s School of Education. “We have placed early childhood education prominently within our school to demonstrate our commitment to our youngest learners.”

Careers From A to Z

MDC’s Early Childhood Education program offers a comprehensive array of certifications, degrees and endorsements.

“We cover the complete career ladder,” Neimand said. “For example, someone coming in with the bare minimum of background – the 45-hour training required by the Department of Children and Families plus a high school diploma – can attain a professional teaching certification in Early Childhood Education from the state of Florida that spans Birth to Grade 3 with endorsements in Reading, Pre-Kindergarten Disabilities, and ESOL.”

Stakeholder Engagement

To meet needs in the region, MDC’s School of Education reached out to the community when it began crafting its Early Childhood Education bachelor’s program. “We wanted to have everyone at the table. Now other groups are visiting us to see what our program looks like,” Neimand reported. “It’s all about children and improving their lives through positive, appropriate education. If students enter school well-prepared, they are in a position to succeed. And if we can catch problems like learning anomalies early, we can fix them and avoid much bigger learning and self-esteem problems later.”

So powerful is the work being done by MDC’s School of Education that Neimand has been invited to share the College’s success stories at the NAEYC Conference in Dallas this fall.


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