This class is designed for students who have a desire to work in careers involving young children and their families. Students will learn to provide a safe, healthy, and loving environment that will allow children to explore and develop their natural curiosity and imagination. 

Early childhood development, health, safety, guidance, nutrition, lesson plans, and activities will all be covered in this course. During this course, students will work in the Small World Preschool in order to apply concepts learned in the classroom. 



NRTC Foundations in Teaching
Nevada R-5 Learning Center

1409 N. Washington Street, Nevada, MO  64772
P 417-448-2054  |  F 417-448-1917


American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Pre-Professional Certification (AAFCS)

The Early Childhood Education assessment and certification will address a skill set necessary for success in early childhood education which is one of the fastest growing programs that is reporting employment growth. It is anticipated that this assessment and certification will be targeted for individuals preparing for careers related to early childhood education, such as those associated with: 


Students enrolled in the Foundations in Teaching program often pursue careers in Early Childhood Education, Special Education, Pediatric Nursing, Pediatrics, Speech Pathology, Occupational Therapy, Social Services, and Child Psychology. 

Alumni of the program have gone on to attend:


There are many possible career choices for those interested in working with young children. Some examples of the options are: 

Mrs. Mareth
FIT Instructor

Mrs. Bell
Childcare Provider Paraprofessional