Career Exploration Elective:
Early Childhood Education
Some states require some Career Exploration on the transcript. I think this is a great idea! Why spend 4 years doing solid academics with your homeschool high schooler, graduate them, and send them off to college or life without any training in practical things (like how to train young children).
Career Exploration is a broad subject that can cover courses that fascinate your teen and courses that don’t. It is Exploration, after all. Whether your teen is interested in Early Childhood Education, many of them will be parents someday, so why not give them a course that counts as a Career Exploration Elective AND gives them good preparation for life.
I recently interviewed one of the homeschool graduates that I advised through high school. Abby is passionate about her Early Childhood Education major at Delaware Technical Community College. Here’s what she had to say:
Abby, do you like your college Early Childhood Education program?
Yes! So far, I love the program I’m in at Delaware Tech. My instructors are kind, helpful, and professional. They are truly educated and experienced in their field and are interested in seeing me succeed. There is a good balance of class time and placement at childcare centers. Already, in my first semester, I have learned so much about Early Childhood and, as I continue, I am only getting more excited about entering the field.
Would you share about the Early Childhood Education group class that you took during high school?
I took the Early Childhood course with Mrs. Smythe at MSA. I would say that my course did inspire me to study ECE in college. Being someone who struggled for months about what to study in college, taking this class gave me a sliver of hope and encouraged me to dig deeper into the idea of ECE.
I liked how personal my ECE class in high school was. There were only 3 students in the class and the atmosphere was very personal. Any and all questions were encouraged and we all worked together nicely because we knew each other well.
Your class used 7Sisters Homeschool Early Childhood Education text. Was it a good text for you?
YES! It required critical thinking to relate the questions at the end of the chapter to the reading and allowed for a further comprehension; all without pushing me further than I could handle. Also, I love having the text still available to me through a computer download to refer back to it when needed.
As Abby mentioned, she had wrestled about college major choices throughout her homeschool high school years. She was a diligent student but unsure about her calling. When she took the Career Education elective: Early Childhood Education, things cleared up for her. Teaching children is her love and calling!
Download a copy of Early Childhood Education for your homeschool high schooler and help them explore careers (and prepare for parenting someday, too).