“I wish to say thank you 1000 times. I learned so much about this pathway and CTAE that I can honestly say the process is invaluable. I am humbled. It truly made me a better teacher. Thank you for the opportunity”.
- The words of a teacher that recently achieved Industry Certification for the Early Childhood Education Program.
The Catoosa Board of Education, Ringgold, recognizes April Hartman, for achieving Industry Certification for the Lakeview Ft. Oglethorpe High Early Childhood Education Program. Pictured are: Chance Nix, Principal, Wayne Weaver, CTAE Administrator, April Hartman, Early Childhood Education Teachers, Martha Staples, GECEF Director, and Harriet Harden, certification team member.
Many of the industry certification standards require documentation that the ECE program is using the DOE curriculum and that the teacher incorporates a wide range of instructional strategies in order for the students to master the standards. Documentation includes teacher lesson plans, student work samples, and photographs of classroom activities. My suggestion would be to start taking photographs and collecting student work samples two to three years before the year you go through the certification process. Save multiple copies of almost every assignment or project the students do. Take photographs of everything! There is so much work to do as you create your documentation file, it is very helpful to already have a large selection of student work samples and photographs to choose from to show the strength of your program.
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