# CTE Resource Center - Verso - Introduction to Early Childhood, Education, and Services Task/Competency List

CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

2019/2020 Competency-Based Task/Competency List for Introduction to Early Childhood, Education, and Services (8234/36 weeks)

Tasks/competencies bordered in blue are considered optional when marked as such; they and/or additional tasks/competencies may be taught at the discretion of the school division. All other tasks are considered essential statewide and are required of all students.

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Demonstrating Personal Qualities and Abilities

  1. Demonstrate creativity and innovation.
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving.
  3. Demonstrate initiative and self-direction.
  4. Demonstrate integrity.
  5. Demonstrate work ethic.

Demonstrating Interpersonal Skills

  1. Demonstrate conflict-resolution skills.
  2. Demonstrate listening and speaking skills.
  3. Demonstrate respect for diversity.
  4. Demonstrate customer service skills.
  5. Collaborate with team members.

Demonstrating Professional Competencies

  1. Demonstrate big-picture thinking.
  2. Demonstrate career- and life-management skills.
  3. Demonstrate continuous learning and adaptability.
  4. Manage time and resources.
  5. Demonstrate information-literacy skills.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of information security.
  7. Maintain working knowledge of current information-technology (IT) systems.
  8. Demonstrate proficiency with technologies, tools, and machines common to a specific occupation.
  9. Apply mathematical skills to job-specific tasks.
  10. Demonstrate professionalism.
  11. Demonstrate reading and writing skills.
  12. Demonstrate workplace safety.

Examining All Aspects of an Industry

  1. Examine aspects of planning within an industry/organization.
  2. Examine aspects of management within an industry/organization.
  3. Examine aspects of financial responsibility within an industry/organization.
  4. Examine technical and production skills required of workers within an industry/organization.
  5. Examine principles of technology that underlie an industry/organization.
  6. Examine labor issues related to an industry/organization.
  7. Examine community issues related to an industry/organization.
  8. Examine health, safety, and environmental issues related to an industry/organization.

Addressing Elements of Student Life

  1. Identify the purposes and goals of the student organization.
  2. Explain the benefits and responsibilities of membership in the student organization as a student and in professional/civic organizations as an adult.
  3. Demonstrate leadership skills through participation in student organization activities, such as meetings, programs, and projects.
  4. Identify Internet safety issues and procedures for complying with acceptable use standards.

Exploring Work-Based Learning

  1. Identify the types of work-based learning (WBL) opportunities.
  2. Reflect on lessons learned during the WBL experience.
  3. Explore career opportunities related to the WBL experience.
  4. Participate in a WBL experience, when appropriate.

Balancing Work and Family

  1. Analyze the meaning of work and the meaning of family.
  2. Compare how families affect work life and how work life affects families.
  3. Identify management strategies for balancing work and family roles.

Exploring Early Childhood Education

  1. Differentiate among the types of early childhood education programs.
  2. Analyze the relationships, roles, and partnerships among the child, parent, and early childhood professional.
  3. Identify cultural, religious, family, and environmental factors that affect a child's development.
  4. Investigate federal, state, and other regulatory agencies monitoring the early childhood education industry.

Exploring Early Childhood Education Careers

  1. Compile a list of careers related to the early childhood education industry.
  2. Identify roles and responsibilities of an entry-level early childhood education professional.
  3. Investigate the education/training requirements of identified careers in early childhood education.
  4. Identify specific entrepreneurial possibilities in early childhood education.
  5. Analyze labor market data about early childhood education and related careers.
  6. Analyze the career lattice in the early childhood education industry that progresses from entry-level to professional positions.
  7. Interview an early childhood education professional.
  8. Identify the ages and stages of development of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, school-age children, and children with exceptional needs.
  9. Identify developmental observation methods using data collection tools.
  10. Identify steps to ensure bias-free observations.
  11. Identify developmentally appropriate practices that support and maximize development and learning for all children.
  12. Describe the responsibilities of being a mandated reporter of child abuse and/or neglect.

Analyzing Healthy and Safe Environments for Children

  1. Describe the needs of children at various ages regarding space, equipment, materials management, and room or area arrangement.
  2. Design an indoor and/or outdoor learning environment.
  3. Develop a list of general health practices for adults and children in an early childhood education program.
  4. Identify safety hazards and ways to protect children from them.
  5. Identify components of healthy snacks for young children.
  6. Identify the characteristics of a healthy child and behavioral/physical symptoms of selected childhood illnesses/diseases.
  7. Compile a list of community health, counseling, and emergency resource agencies.

Identifying Individual Characteristics and Skills Necessary for Career Success

  1. Describe ethical issues pertaining to employment in the early childhood development profession.
  2. Develop a skills profile for a selected job involving children.
  3. Analyze personal interests, abilities, skills, and dispositions.
  4. Determine the characteristics and skills necessary to obtain and maintain successful employment in careers involving children.
  5. Practice pre-employment skills.
  6. Complete an observation, shadowing, or internship experience in an early childhood education.