Graduates of this program will be able to:
- Analyze the interacting social and biological forces that collectively shape early brain development and set the stage for lifelong learning, behaviour and health.
- Respect families’ central role in child-rearing and early learning and the impact of family structures, community support systems, culture and socio-economic status on parenting.
- Lead the design and implementation of inclusive, effective curricula for young children, based upon a critical analysis of historical perspectives, observation, current research, and understandings of early human development.
- Develop inclusive early intervention programs that respond to children with identified special needs.
- Evaluate early childhood programs, engaging stakeholders in the process and addressing diverse needs of young children and families.
- Acquire self knowledge, critical thinking skills and professional habits of mind essential to the practice and leadership of early childhood education.
- Apply research skills, including assessment of the research process, formulation of research questions and collection and interpretation of data, in a variety of research projects.
- Establish responsive and reciprocal relationships with children, families, colleagues and other stakeholders.
- Perform responsibilities in a manner consistent with ethical and professional codes of conduct; in compliance with legislative and legal requirements; and, within the defined scope of practice limitations.
- Advocate on behalf of children, families, colleagues and the broader community, promoting the principles of quality in early childhood programs.
- Apply the principles of human resources, financial and facilities management to the operations of an early childhood program.
- Collaborate with early childhood educators and other professionals in multidisciplinary or cross-sectoral environments and across diverse domains of practice
- Communicate in a professional manner in all verbal, non-verbal and written mediums.