If you love working with children and want to make a difference, State Fair Community College offers three excellent programs from which to choose.
Setting the foundation
SFCC’s Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Early Childhood Development equips students to enter the workforce quickly and effectively. Courses are offered during the day, evening, via Interactive Television, online, and at extended campus locations.
“A career as an early childhood educator is very rewarding; it’s like no other job you will ever experience,” says Mendy Fischer, program coordinator. “It’s incredibly satisfying to hear children read words and books for the first time or watch them conquer a difficult skill.”
While students learn to be caregivers to children, they also learn how to effectively educate young children.
“It is important for students to understand that they might be one of the first adults to interact with a child outside of their family,” says Fischer. “Students also need to learn how to be creative, motivational and adaptive in various situations to be an excellent early childhood educator.”
Strengthening the classroom
Do you want to work with children in a formal classroom setting but aren’t sure you want to be a teacher? SFCC’s Paraprofessional Educator program may be the right choice.
SFCC’s AAS degree in Paraprofessional Educator provides knowledge and skills needed to assist teachers with group or individual instruction, classroom preparation and management and test monitoring and scoring.
“Trained paraprofessional educators are an asset to the classroom,” says Cara Barth-Fagan, program coordinator. “Their assistance provides a less restrictive environment for students with exceptionalities, so students with special needs often are able stay in a regular classroom and receive one-on-one attention.”
Becoming a teacher
If your goal is to shape lives as a teacher, you can start that journey at SFCC by earning an Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) degree. Missouri four-year colleges and community colleges created this degree to give students an opportunity to complete a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in Education.
“There are many benefits to earning an AAT at SFCC,” says Barth-Fagan. “Students can take general education classes and foundational education classes. With our smaller class sizes, students often feel more comfortable than in classes with 100 or more students.”
SFCC has transfer agreements with Central Methodist University (CMU), University of Central Missouri (UCM) and University of Missouri-Columbia (MU) that ensure a smooth transfer of credits. Because of a partnership agreement, students seeking a bachelor’s degree from CMU can actually complete it on SFCC’s Sedalia, Clinton and Lake of the Ozarks campuses!
Making it accessible and affordable
Classes are offered in a variety of flexible scheduling options and locations as well as online, and SFCC’s low tuition rate makes
“All three of these programs are offered on the Sedalia and Clinton campuses, and the Paraprofessional Educator and AAT also are offered at our Lake of the Ozarks and Whiteman Air Force Base locations,” says Barth-Fagan. “With quality instructors who care about students’ success in and out of the classroom, flexible class schedules and low tuition, SFCC is an excellent choice.”
For more information about the Early Childhood Development program, contact Fischer at (660) 596-7266 or at [email protected] For more information about the Paraprofessional Educator program or the AAT degree, contact Barth-Fagan at (660) 596-7329 or at [email protected]