Teacher Education Because teaching is a profession of practice, the Teacher Education Department focuses on preparing expert practitioners who know their students, their subject-area content, teaching childhood pedagogy. Efficient practitioners learn these abilities through professional study and by mastering the profession’s knowledge base, skills, and dispositions of practice. Clinical practice provides robust opportunities to develop practitioners through expertly mentored experiences in the field and through pedagogically designed practical experiences.
Teacher preparation programs are approved by the Indiana Department of Education and are accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. Early Childhood Education Many of a child’s formative educational experiences take place before he or she steps into a kindergarten classroom. After all, the research shows that 85 percent of brain development happens before age five. For parents, that means one of the first big decisions is selecting the right early learning experience for their child. Maine DHHS offers parents tips on choosing the right child care and early learning arrangements for their children.
A growing number of Maine’s public schools are offering public preschool programs, introducing young learners to the school environment before they begin kindergarten. CDS provides early intervention and special education services to children with disabilities from birth to age five. The CDS system consists of nine regional sites that provide services directly or arrange for the provision of services to children in their respective regions. Head Start, administered in Maine by DHHS, offers early childhood education for young children whose families meet federal poverty guidelines. The Children’s Growth Council is a State body working with policymakers, parents, educators, community leaders and others to build a unified state system for providing early learning services. Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge. Maine’s application for the federal Race to the Top Early Learning grant articulates a blueprint for the future of early learning in Maine.
Education World’s Early Childhood Newsletter was created to celebrate and support the creativity and dedication of all those who participate in the education of young children. Teachers, parents, aides, and administrators are encouraged to explore these resources for working with young children. Please note that this newsletter no longer exists as a separate mailing. To receive Early Childhood resources weekly, subscribe to our main weekly newsletter.