During the second year of Early Childhood Occupations, students will serve as interns within the community. The students can choose from a variety of internships within the early childhood field: infant/toddler programs, preschool, special education, primary schools (K-2), family advocates, and child psychology. Students attend their internships every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday for a minimum of two hours each day. On Wednesdays and Fridays the students report back to Noble High School to study early childhood education and theories of child development.
At the end of the two year program students are eligible to receive their Maine certificate as an early childhood aide (CECA). To receive this certification students must complete:
- 180 classroom/instructional hours
- 180 internship hours
- Completion of the NOCTI test – passing 80 or higher
- Completion of a portfolio (classroom will be placed into the portfolio throughout the two year program).
At the end of the two year program students are also eligible to receive a maximum of three credits from York County Community College (YCCC). These credits will be used for ECE 101 through the prior learning program. To receive credit for prior learning the incoming student must create a prior learning portfolio that documents that 85% of the objectives of the YCCC credit course have been met. These portfolios will also be used for the CECA project as well.
This course meets Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, and Fri.
This course is held at Noble High School .