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

CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

2019/2020 Competency-Based Task/Competency List for Early Childhood, Education, and Services I (8285/36 weeks, 280 hours)

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.

Providing a Positive, Safe, and Healthy Learning Environment

  1. Identify ways to manage physical space to maintain a developmentally appropriate learning environment for each child.
  2. Explain state and local health and safety regulations for an early childhood education environment.
  3. Demonstrate strategies designed to teach children personal health, safety, and sanitation habits.
  4. Give examples of meals and snacks that accommodate allergies and promote healthy eating practices.
  5. Describe signs and symptoms of child abuse and neglect and the role of a mandated reporter.
  6. Describe signs and symptoms of child trauma.
  7. Describe the components of a daily child health check.
  8. Identify procedures for staff, parents, and children that help prevent childhood illnesses and communicable diseases.
  9. Outline security procedures for an early childhood education environment.
  10. Explain emergency and safety procedures used in an early childhood education environment.

Promoting Physical, Cognitive, Language, Social, and Emotional Development

  1. Analyze child development theories for early childhood best practices.
  2. Examine a variety of research-based assessment methods and tools that are used to interpret a child's growth and development.
  3. Describe cultural, family, economic, and environmental factors that may affect a child’s development.
  4. Identify the developmental needs of a child.
  5. Explain developmentally appropriate practices that promote children's growth and development.
  6. Identify developmentally appropriate guidance techniques.
  7. Describe self-regulation skills that are practiced with children to promote positive social interaction.
  8. Identify the interpersonal skills that promote positive and productive relationships with children.

Exploring Curricula Responsive to Children’s Needs

  1. Examine a variety of research-based curriculum and instructional models used in early childhood education.
  2. Plan developmentally appropriate learning experiences in all curriculum areas.
  3. Analyze an integrated curriculum that incorporates a child's language, learning styles, home experiences, and cultural values into developmentally appropriate learning experiences.
  4. Identify a variety of teaching methods to accommodate each child’s learning style.
  5. Evaluate learning centers that encourage a child’s interests, exploration, discovery, and development.
  6. Create a schedule of activities, routines, and transitions.

Promoting Positive and Productive Relationships with Families

  1. Identify strategies for constructive and supportive interactions that promote family partnerships.
  2. Assess ways to share information with parents/guardians regarding developmental topics and concerns related to children.

Maintaining Careers and Professionalism

  1. Explain the current and emerging roles and functions of individuals engaged in careers related to early childhood education.
  2. Examine education and training requirements and opportunities for career paths in early childhood education and services.
  3. Identify opportunities for continuing education and training in early childhood education and related fields.
  4. Describe ethical standards of professional organizations that are associated with early childhood education.
  5. Explore federal, state, and local government regulations that affect early childhood development programs.
  6. Complete a self-assessment to identify personal assets.
  7. Describe the desired characteristics of professionals working with young children.
  8. Examine the changing social and family dynamics that have increased the need for early childhood education and services.