High School with Child Care Professional Pathway

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Are you seeking to build the skills and knowledge to help you enter a postsecondary child development program or begin your path towards an entry-level position in a child development field? Penn Foster High School's High School Diploma with a career pathway in Child Care Professional program is designed to help you develop these skills while you earn your high school diploma. Read on to find out more about this online diploma program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The concentration courses in the online High School Diploma with a career pathway in Child Care Professional program at Penn Foster High School will introduce you to basic child care practices and techniques, ranging from an overview of the career field to curriculum development. You'll also be able to learn more about child development, assessment practices, and creating a healthy and safe child care environment. To earn this high school diploma, you must also complete general education courses in math, reading, English, history, biology, and more.

What Are the Prerequisites?

A desire to work with children and strong communication and interpersonal skills could be helpful before entering Penn Foster High School's High School Diploma with a career pathway in Child Care Professional program. As an applicant to Penn Foster High School, you must be at least 14 years old and have completed Grade 8.

What Are the Course Requirements?

A total of 21.5 credits must be earned to complete this diploma program. This is made up of 22 courses, which include five child care professional electives, 16 general education courses, and an orientation course. The course requirements could be different if you are transferring credits.

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Humanities

  • Human Relations
  • Reading Skills

English

  • Basic English
  • Practical English
  • Written Communication
  • Literature

Social Studies

  • American History
  • Civics
  • World Geography

Math

  • General Math 1
  • Consumer Math
  • General Math 2

Science

  • Earth Science
  • Biology
  • Physical Science

Health and Physical Education

  • Fitness and Nutrition

Child Care Professional Electives

  • Child Care Professional 1: How environment and biology influence a growing child, developmentally appropriate practices in planning for children's success, and management strategies in a child care setting
  • Child Care Professional 2: Observation techniques and how to use observations to assessing individuals and groups of young children
  • Child Care Professional 3: Plan and implement developmentally appropriate and creative curriculum, and fostering children's physical, social, emotional, and cognitive growth using varying instructional methods
  • Child Care Professional 4: Health, safety, and nutrition as they relate to the early childhood setting
  • Child Care Professional 5: The developmental continuum of infants and toddlers, curriculum implementation and planning of developmentally appropriate creative activities

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

After you have completed the High School Diploma with a career pathway in Child Care Professional program, you could have the opportunity to begin your path towards a career in a child care or child development field. Some states and/or positions may require a license, so it is important to look for specific information for the state you plan to work in. Some of the positions graduates could consider include:

  • Child care center worker
  • Preschool aide
  • Nanny

Advanced Degrees

Penn Foster High School's High School Diploma with a career pathway in Child Care Professional program is designed to help you prepare for entry-level child care roles; however, you could also choose to continue your education by earning an associate degree. A 2-year degree could prepare you to pursue more advanced career options as well as help you expand the skills developed throughout this program.

Some postsecondary programs you could pursue include:

  • Child Care Professional Career Diploma
  • Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education
  • Associate of Applied Science in Child Development
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