Degrees and Certifications:
Mrs. Tifani Herbert
EARLY CHILDHOOD CAREERS INSTRUCTOR
Mrs. Herbert’s interest and passion in teaching came about years before her graduation from St. Charles West High School. She received a bachelor’s in elementary education at Lindenwood, and earned certifications in early childhood and special education. She later earned her master’s as a special education instructional specialist, preschool thru 4th grade. She worked five years in special education at the high school level as well as more than 12 years teaching 2nd, 4th, and 5th grade. In 2016, Mrs. Herbert brought her wealth of experience and passion for teaching to Lewis & Clark as the Early Childhood Careers program instructor.
Mrs. Herbert is married and has one son. She enjoys spending quality time with her family which includes boating in the summer and cheering on her son’s various athletic events.
“I love being a part of Lewis & Clark because it provides students the ability to try out career interests and lay the foundation for a solid career. As the ECC instructor, I am afforded the opportunity to teach, guide, and observe high school students in a career working with children. I feel that all of my work in the education field has landed me in the place I was meant to be so I can have a small part in helping to inspire tomorrow’s teachers!”
1 or 2 Year Program (Completion of 2 years for CDA eligibility)
3 units of credit per year
Prerequisite; Prior Child Development course recommended
This course will prepare students for entry level employment in the field of early childhood education, while providing the foundations for study in higher education programs that lead to certification in early childhood or elementary education. Students will gain the leadership, employment, and communication skills necessary for success in Early Childhood Education Careers.
Over the course of the program students will explore career opportunities and identify personal traits needed for success in careers working with young children. They will be given opportunities to work directly with children ranging in age from birth to age 8 in various childcare and elementary school settings. Students will earn certification in infant, child, and adult First Aid/CPR. In addition, students will earn a Missouri state certificate for the Infant Safe Sleep Course. Students completing this program will be able to describe typical child development, demonstrate knowledge of creating safe and healthy learning environments, and be competent in lesson planning and implementation. Students will practice appropriate behavior management techniques, and will learn about nutritional guidelines, state licensing expectations, and the legal and ethical responsibilities of child care workers and/or classroom teachers.
Students who have met all requirements and attended two years of the program will be eligible to test for the CDA (Child Development Associate) credential upon graduation.