Certificate course in Early Childhood Education

COURSE DURATION

The duration of the course is of 250 hours spread over 6 months divided into 2 Semesters. This is inclusive of, Class Observations, Workshops and written exams.

Modules Offered

The modules are been designed keeping in mind the need of Pre Primary schools of today.

The curriculum consists of subjects related to the Early Childhood Educational Practices - the pedagogy of teaching and Practical lessons. The subjects taught are:

 

Teaching the Montessori Way

Enables the trainees to understand the Montessori Philosophy; and experience the use of the sensorial materials in the Montessori Lab.

Principles of Child Development

Highlights the psychological development of children; the different learning milestones; and behavior management in young children.

School Management – Organization & Records

Capacitates the trainees to design preschools, maintain records, communicate and manage events.

Health & Nutrition

This paper provides an insight into the various nutrients required for young children; health and safety; and the components of food and the process of meal planning.

History of Early Childhood Care and Education

This paper focuses on agencies of change in education, in India; some eminent educationist who emphasized on early childhood education and care

ASSESSMENT

While participating in this course, students will be subject to formal assessment, which will involve two separate elements: Continuous Evaluation and a Written Examination.

For successful completion of the course. each student must complete/attend all elements of this course.

  • Pass the Continuous assessment taken by the course tutor(s) throughout the duration of the course in the form of various projects, case studies, collectively or individually and during the various exercises designed by the trainers/tutors.
  • Pass the formal examinations to be held at the end of each semester with at least 40 % marks.

TRAINING METHODS

Training methods used in this course is a mix of various methods

  • Classroom Learning
  • Presentations
  • Case Study
  • Group work
  • Brainstorming sessions
  • Role Play/ Simulation
  • Practical Sessions
  • Field Trips
  • Hand on Experience
  • Teaching experience-Micro and actual
  • Workshops

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE COURSE

  • Personality development program
  • Behavior management
  • Language enhancement and communication skills
    • Communication Workshops
    • Phonics
    • Interview Skills and Resume Building
    • Often repeated errors in english
  • Experts from various fields are invited on a regular basis to conduct workshops on various topics
    • The Art of Story Telling
    • Behaviour Management in Young children
    • Interview Skills and Resume Building
    • Art & its Use in a Pre Primary Classroom
    • Dance as Therapy
    • Rhymes in a pre school
  • Participation and hands on experience in the big events held at the Pre-Primary Section of GIIS
  • Internship-Practical experience of being in a Pre-school set up at GIIS.
  • Fully functional Montessori Lab to sharpen the student's Montessori skills.
 

INTERNSHIPS

A two weeks internship is offered to every student of MITT. They also get to visit different pre primary schools to understand the actual functioning of the schools and the challenges faced.

PLACEMENT

More than 76 % of our students of the first 6 batches have got placement in reputed schools in the PCMC area. Some of the schools are:

  • Global Indian International School, Chinchwad
  • SNBP School, Rahatni
  • Saraswati Vishwavidyalaya, Talwade
  • Novel International School, Chinchwad
  • Akanksha Foundation School, Pimpri
  • Beamish International School, Chinchwad
  • Sesame Street, Pimple Saudagar
  • Akshara International School, Wakad
 

Module- Teaching the Montessori Way

This module talks about various aspects of Montessori way of teaching.

It discusses at length Dr. Maria Montessori’s life and philosophy in the context of early childhood education.

Some of the key areas of focus are nuances of Montessori Method, Role of a Directress, Preparing a Montessori Classroom, Five areas of Montessori Method- Exercises of Practical Life, Exercises of Sensory Development, Language, Culture and Math.

Module I - History of Early Childhood Education

The earliest formal documentation of preschool education, as an organized initiative in India, dates back to the latter half of the nineteenth century, when Gijubhai Badheka and Tarabai Modak among others, became the pioneers of this movement in the country.

The course content of this paper helps the student to understand the importance of Early Childhood Education in India from the historical perspective and also discusses the role of agencies that brought about a change in Education in India.

The importance of childhood development along with research, have steered the evolution of programs for children from just ‘Preschool  Education’ to the concept of more integrated and holistic Early Childhood Development programs.

 

Module II - Principles of Child Development

Child development refers to how a child becomes able to do more complex things as they get older. Child development study explores how a child develops from birth to age eight from all perspectives: physical/motor, cognitive, social, emotional, and language. Here, the focus is on how development occurs within the context of family, community, culture, and relationships.

Evidence tells us that a person’s life successes, health and emotional wellbeing have their roots in early childhood. Both nature and nurture (genes and environment) influence children’s development. The quality of a child’s earliest environments and the availability of appropriate experiences at the right stages of development are crucial determinants of the way each child’s brain architecture develops.

 

Module III - Preschool Organization Management and Record Documentation

Organization and Record Documentation and record keeping are important to ensure accountability, facilitate coordination of care between providers and for service improvement.

In order to be efficient in maintaining a preschool, it becomes essential for a preschool teacher to establish and maintain school records.

It is essential for every teacher to have an insight into the management of a preschool.

Through this module students will learn about the different preschool records that one needs to maintain along with management skills that the teachers need to develop in order to be able to manage a preschool.

 

Module IV - Curriculum and Pedagogy in Early Childhood Education

The aim of curriculum is to provide a structure and educational directions to teachers in their work of supporting the development of capacities and skills, while respecting the child’s interest and choices.

More precisely pedagogy can be described as a curriculum, because what matters is how things are taught, rather than what is taught.

In this paper students will be learning about different approaches of Early Childhood Education and understand its implications in Education practices.

Students will be informed about the various teaching methods that the Educationists have put forward and compare the same to understand the benefits of each practice.

Module V - Food and Nutrition for Young Children

Good health is defined as the physical, intellectual and psychological well being of a person. A healthy child is one who can cope with the environment in a manner appropriate for the child’s age group, and, therefore displays physical, mental and emotional balance.

This unit will help the student enhance his/her knowledge about the nutrients needed by a child along with developing knowledge about planning a balanced diet for growing children.