Contact

Judy Hudson, PhD
Director of ECED
Office: 1628D
Phone: 566-3246

Mary Schumacher-Hoerner
ECED Instructor
Office: 1844
Phone: 566-3064

Early Childhood Education

Professionalism

Rationale

Professionalism is built upon individual integrity, responsibility, and ethical practices that demonstrate a profound respect for all children and their families. Early childhood professionals embrace a multicultural perspective that is responsive to individuals in culturally diverse communities in New Mexico. Professionals make decisions based upon knowledge of early childhood theories and practices that recognize diversity of ability, developmental level, and family characteristics. Early childhood professionals advocate for excellence in early childhood programs and participate in on-going professional development to enhance their knowledge and skills.

Adhere to early childhood professional codes of ethical conduct and issues of confidentiality.

Entry Level

  1. Discuss and reflect on NAEYC’s Code of Ethics and conduct.
  2. Discuss and reflect the importance of confidentiality.

Certificate/Associate Degree Level

  1. Identify and apply the codes of ethics and conduct of various organizations (i.e., NAEYC, DEC, etc.).
  2. Practice principles set forth in professional codes of ethics.
  3. Consistently model the practices of confidentiality.
  4. Consistently model standards and principles set forth in early childhood codes of ethics and conduct.

Demonstrate knowledge of federal, state, and local regulations, and public policies regarding programs and services for children birth-eight (0-8) years of age.

Entry Level

  1. Discuss New Mexico Child Care Regulations.
  2. Identify and discuss various services available to children birth through eight years of age.

Certificate/Associate Degree Level

  1. Identify and discuss federal, state, and local regulations and standards, including confidentiality and accountability.
  2. Discuss federal, state, and local regulations and how they impact programs and service for children and families.
  3. Identify a current public policy and discuss the negative and positive consequences pertaining to programs and services for young children.

Demonstrate understanding of conditions of children, families, and professionals; the historical and current issues and trends; legal issues; and legislation and other public policies affecting children, families, and programs for young children and the early childhood profession.

Entry Level

  1. Develop an awareness of how public policies, regulations, and/or currents issues and trends impact children, families, and programs.
  2. Discuss the importance of collaboration among colleagues and families in early care and education settings.

Certificate/Associate Degree Level

  1. Identify and describe the need for a variety of services to address the many needs of children and families.
  2. Describe current issues and trends related to young children and their families.
  3. Identify issues and/or public policies affecting the early childhood profession.
  4. Describe ways to advocate for young children and their families.

Demonstrate critical reflection of one’s own professional and educational practices from community, state, national, and global perspectives.

Entry Level

  1. Define and discuss the importance of critical self-reflection regarding personal and professional attitudes towards inclusive early care and educational practices.
  2. Discuss the role of the professional in including all young children in early care and education.

Certificate/Associate Degree Level

  1. Examine one’s own belief system, as well as belief systems of other cultures, to respond to similarities and differences of young children. I
  2. Identify and practice the personal and professional characteristics required to work with young children in inclusive environments.
  3. Use reflective practice consistently and intentionally
  4. Plan for continued personal and professional development based on one’s own learning needs.

Demonstrate understanding of the early childhood profession, its multiple historical, philosophical, and social foundations, and how these foundations influence current thought and practice.

Entry Level

  1. Discuss the historical foundations of Early Childhood Education.

Certificate/Associate Degree Level

  1. Identify and discuss how major historical, philosophical, and social foundations have influenced current thought and practice.

Demonstrate a commitment to leadership and advocacy for excellence in programs and services for young children and their families.

Entry Level

  1. Define the term “advocacy” (see Glossary)
  2. Define the role of the professional as leader and advocate.

Certificate/Associate Degree Level

  1. Identify the different types of leadership roles and characteristics of leaders.
  2. Identify strategies for collaboration.

Demonstrate knowledge in technology resources to engage in ongoing professional development.

Entry Level

  1. Identify multiple resources, including technology resources, for professional development.
  2. Participate in an on-line training that includes a chat room or other technology based discussion component of training content.

Certificate/Associate Degree Level

  1. Identify new ways of learning that includes the use of technology such as Blackboard, WebCT, Skype, ooVoo, Wimba, Moodle, etc.
  2. Identify ways to use technology to access experts in the field of Early Childhood Education and related resources that are not available locally/regionally.
  3. Share information about the use of technology with other colleagues, peers, families, etc.

For more information, please call Judy Hudson, PhD at (505) 566-3246. Or send an email to HudsonJ@sanjuancollege.edu.