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School-Age Education

Curriculum Description

This curriculum prepares individuals to work with children in elementary through middle grades in diverse learning environments. Students will combine learned theories with practice in actual settings with school-age children under the supervision of qualified teachers. Course work includes child growth/development; computer technology in education; physical/nutritional needs of school-age children; care and guidance of school-age children; and communication skills with families and children. Students will foster the cognitive/language, physical/motor, social/emotional, and creative development of school-age populations. Graduates are prepared to plan and implement developmentally appropriate programs in school-aged environments. Employment opportunities include school-age teachers in child care programs, before/after-school programs, paraprofessional positions in public/ private schools, recreational centers, and other programs that work with school-age populations.

Graduates will be able to:

  • Create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging to ALL children
  • Design and implement developmentally effective curriculum that addresses all domains of learning
  • Support and empower ALL children, families, and communities through trusting and respectful reciprocal relationships
  • Use authentic assessment responsibility to make informed decisions to guide ALL children’s learning
  • Communicate effectively using standard written and verbal skills
  • Utilize technology to enhance learning for ALL children
  • Serve as a leader, advocate, and professional in the fields of early education

After Graduation

What jobs are available for School-Age Education graduates?

  • Assistant Teachers in Public or Private School settings
  • Before/After School Teacher
  • Camp Counselor
  • Director of School Age Programs
  • One-On-One Services
  • Self-Enrichment Teacher

Who employs School-Age graduates?

  • After School Programs
  • Charter Schools
  • Early Childhood Education Centers
  • North Carolina Public School System
  • Religiously Sponsored Programs

Preparing for a career in School-Age Education:

Instruct students in academic subjects using a variety of techniques such as phonetics, multisensory learning, and repetition to reinforce learning and to meet students' varying needs and interests.

Contact for information

Health and Public Services
Health and Public Services
Office: 828-395-1668
Department Directory

Office hours

8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Subject to change depending on availability.

Dr. Alice McCluney
Early Childhood Education Instructor