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Professionalism in Early Childhood Education

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Sarah Smith

on 28 April 2015

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Transcript of Professionalism in Early Childhood Education

What does being professional mean?
Brainstorm what it means to be in a profession.
Professional Organizations
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)- largest professional organization of early childhood professionals.
National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC)- promotes quality in family child care and advances the family child care profession.
The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning
Zero to Three: National Center for Infants Toddlers and Families
National Head Start Association
National Center for Learning Disabilities

Education/ Certifications
Formal courses (like the one your in) is a great way to advance your career.
CDA- Child Development Associate Credential. www.cdacouncil.org
Associates, Bachelors, and Graduate Degree Programs (master's and doctoral)
CEUs- continuing education credits to maintain your status as a CDA or certified teacher
Certification- a degree isn't enough, you have to meet standards in your state to teach in public schools
Serving as an advocate for children and families
Major issues in early childhood education include:
Universal pre-K for 4 year olds
Quality ratings system
Scholarships in Early Childhood Education
Programs for children with special needs
Pay for Early Childhood Education Professionals
Qualities of a Profession
Body of knowledge that affects how practitioners act
Code of ethics
System of regulating itself
System of monitoring entry into profession
Representation by professional organizations

Is the field of early childhood education a profession? Why or why not? Do you feel treated as a professional?
Divide into 5 groups. Pick a topic below to discuss in your group for 10 minutes. Consider how these issues can be improved. Present your group's thoughts to the class.
Becoming an Effective Advocate
Follow positions taken by your professional organizations
Stay abreast with emerging legislation
Vote and encourage others to vote
Communicate with local, state, and federal officials to urge support for your positions and to thank them.
Participate and organize events
Code of Ethics
Code of ethics- a set of principles that describe the behavior expected of a professional in a given field. Protects professional, children, and families
5 principles inherent in the code of ethics for early childhood professionals
1) Professionals always maintain confidentiality of the parents and coworkers and parents in the child care setting.
2) Professionals are honest, dependable, and reliable in all duties.
3) Professionals are truthful with children, parents, coworkers, and directors.
4) Treat ALL children and families with respect regardless of gender, race, culture, disability, sexual orientation, religion, and economic status.
5) Professionals treat each child as an individual. They are concerned with making each child feel wanted, welcome, and successful, regardless of competency.
NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct
page 327 and 328

Group Work- Discuss and record the remedies for Situation 1, 2, 3, and 4 in your book on pages 327-329.
Build a Professional Network
Recall: Working with Teachers Prezi
Other tips
Take advantage of community resources, like the library.
Plan parties, potlucks, and social events
Visit other classrooms
Plan special days that you can join forces
Celebrate together
Enroll in courses/ professional development together
Out of work fun
How do you build supportive relationships with other professionals?
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