At a Glance:

Catoosa: Tracy Wimberley
Tracy Wimberley, Instructor of Early Childhood Education
Office: A131
Phone: 706-965-1129
Campus: Catoosa County Campus
Department: Early Childhood, Public Service Technology

Gordon: Beatriz Stitzer
Beatriz Stitzer, Assistant Dean of Public Service Technologies
Office: 307
Phone: 706-378-1720
Campus: Gordon County Campus
Department: Early Childhood, Public Service Technology

Floyd and Polk: LaVerne Pruitt
LaVerne Pruitt, Instructor of Early Childhood Education
Office: J150
Phone: 706-378-1792
Campus: Floyd County Campus, Polk County Campus
Department: Early Childhood, Public Service Technology

Walker, and Whitfield Murray: Susan Kendrick
Susan Kendrick, Director of Early Childhood Care and Education
Office: 6108b
Phone: 706-764-3848
Campus: Walker County Campus
Department: Early Childhood, Public Service Technology

School Age and Youth Care (SA21)

Offered at the Following Campuses

  • Whitfield Murray Campus
  • Walker County Campus
  • Polk County Campus
  • Gordon County Campus
  • Floyd County Campus
  • Catoosa County Campus

Program Overview

The purpose of the School Age and Youth Care Certificate Program is to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to effectively work during out-of-school hours with children between the ages of six and fourteen years The competencies in these courses almost entirely overlap with the newly established competencies for School-Age Care Professionals, as outlined by the Georgia Childhood Care and Education Professional Development System’s Collaborative Leadership Team. This certificate program will be the first to address these competencies specifically for school age and youth care practitioners who wish to receive formal education in this discipline.

Course Overview

Credit Hours
Required Courses (18 hours)
Introduces the student to the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of the young child (prenatal through 12 years of age). The course provides for competency development in observing, recording, and interpreting growth and development stages in the young child; advancing physical and intellectual competence; supporting social and emotional development; and examining relationships between child development and positive guidance. Topics include developmental characteristics, prenatal through age 12, developmental guidance applications, observing and recording techniques, ages and stages of development, and introduction to children with special needs.
Introduces the theory, practices, and requirements for establishing and maintaining a safe, healthy learning environment. Topics include CPR and first aid, health issues, safety issues, child abuse and neglect, and nutritional needs of children.
Enables the student to value the complex characteristics of children*s families and communities and to develop culturally responsive practices which will support family partnerships. Students use their understanding to build reciprocal relationships which promote children*s development and learning. Students are introduced to local programs and agencies that offer services to children and families within the community. Topics include professional responsibilities, family/social issues, community resources, family education and support, teacher-family communication, community partnerships, social diversity and anti-bias concerns, successful transitions, and school-family activities.
Examines effective guidance practices in group settings based upon the application of threoretical models of child development and of developmentally appropriate practices. Focus will be given to individual, family, and cultural diversity. Topics will include developmentally appropriate child guidance (birth through 12); effective classroom management, including preventive and interventive techniques; understanding challenging behaviors; and implementing guidance plans.
Introduces the student to the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development of the early adolescent (12-15 years of age). Provides learning experiences related to the principles of human growth, development, and maturation, and theories of learning and behavior. Topics include developmental characteristics, guidance techniques, and developmentally appropriate practice.
Provides the student with information about preparing appropriate environments and planning and implementing activities for school age children and youth. This class includes 30 hours of lab, during which the student will be observed implementing the concepts learned in class. Topics include space design, varied choices and progam activites to promote interest in: athletic/physical development, community involvement, cultural arts literacy, math, science and technology, and positive social relationships.