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Early Childhood Technical Standards

Critical Thinking/Problem-Solving Skills

Definition of Standards:

Be able to organize time, materials, prioritize tasks, perform several tasks at once and adapt to changing situations.

Examples of Standards:

Be able to demonstrate the ability to think logically about educational issues.

Demonstrate the ability to multi-task and adapt to and display flexibility in changing situations, and able to perform the above skills independently.

Communication/Interpersonal Skills

Definition of Skills:

Have the necessary interpersonal competencies to function effectively with diverse populations and to function collaboratively as part of a professional team.

Examples of Standards:

Sufficient verbal ability to express and exchange information and ideas as well as interpret important instructions to children, colleagues and parents.

Have sufficient skills to accurately record children's progress and milestones as well as medication administered, accidents and suspected child abuse, etc.

Coping Skills

Definition of Standards:

Ability to respond appropriately to stressful environments.

Examples of Standards:

Manage academic schedules and deadlines.

Perform in fast paced early childcare situations.

Demonstrate the ability to work with frequent interruptions.

Respond appropriately to unexpected situations.

Cope with extreme variations in workload and stress levels.

Possess the ability to make and execute quick, appropriate, and accurate decisions in a stressful environment.

Maintain composure and continue to function well in a variety of situations.

Sensory Abilities

Definition of Standards:

Sufficient auditory, visual and tactile ability to ensure a safe environment for children.

Examples of Standards:

Recognize and interpret expressions and body language.

Identify normal and abnormal patterns of behavior in children.

Maintain direct supervision of children at all times, and assess the environment and facilities for safety purposes.

Behavioral/Emotional Skills

Definition of Standards:

Ability to demonstrate professional behaviors and a strong work ethic.

Examples of Standards:

Demonstrate initiative, flexibility, enthusiasm, honesty, cooperation and productive behavior.

Recognize personal limitations and request assistance as a appropriate.

Demonstrate respect for the child , other education professionals and the profession of education.

Perform duties efficiently, willingly and thoroughly.

Present professional appearance and maintain personal hygiene.