About Our Early Childhood Development & Education Professions Program

The early childhood education and education professions programs will provide your child with the essential skills needed to work with not only children, but individuals at any age. We will explore many topics such as physical development, emotional development, social development and moral development. Why do people act the way they do and how can we help them? We will answer that in this program! There are many opportunities for hands-on lab experiences. Baby simulators, building toys and games, field experience in a classroom at the elementary school and in our autism program. If your child wants to have fun while learning real-life skills, this program is for them.

Instructor Bio

Early Childhood Development Program - Students in Childhood DevelopmentLeza (Gasparian) Aroyian has been a CTE (Career and Technical Education) instructor at Shadow Mountain High School since 2007. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership/Principalship. Mrs. Aroyian has been running the Education Professions program for 11 years here at Shadow Mountain High School. She is the advisor for FCCLA ECE (family career and community leaders of America), which is a national student organization for the Education Professions program.

Student-Acquired Skills

Students in this program acquire a great set of skills that can be used in their everyday lives. Life skills that are not taught in high school! Students grow and develop each year as they take on more leadership roles in their field experience.

  • Problem-Solving Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Intrapersonal Skills
  • Leadership Skills
  • Self-Help Skills

Early Childhood Development/Education Professions Course Plan

Early Childhood Education

Year 1

Early Childhood Education (Education Professions 1-2) - In this course you will learn about kids from birth to teenage years,yourself and your family.  We will learn about why kids do the things they do and how we can help them at each stage. Learning takes place through class discussions and activities, hands-on lab experiences such as a baby simulator, group projects, games and much more! You will gain great leadership skills, communication skills, confidence and a better understanding of the people around you! Our career exploration will open up a whole world of opportunities to work with kids! We will learn why we want to be our best self!


Teacher Academy

Year 2

In the second year of this program, we dive into field experience! We work with the teachers at Desert Cove Elementary School as well as our Autism program here on campus. We assist in the classrooms 4 days a week. You will help the teacher with tasks, work with individual students, small groups, or lead the entire class in an activity! Shy? Don’t worry..our first unit of study is how to build confidence in yourself and how to help others with their self-esteem. We will also learn about the history of education, barriers to learning, and how to better ourselves while lifting others up!  Students say this class is the best part of their day!


Education Professions

Year 3 & 4

In the third year of this program, we continue our field experience! We continue to work with the teachers at Desert Cove and here on campus. Field experience placements begin earlier in the third year as you are more experienced! We will still assist in the classrooms 4 days a week. We take a deeper look at how to help students on an individual basis as well as try out new strategies. This is a great opportunity for some creative freedom in a hands-on lab setting!

Successful Career Pathways

  • Teacher
  • Nanny/au pair
  • Caregiver
  • Child Psychologist
  • Pediatrician
  • Pediatric dentist
  • Counselor
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Child Care
  • Social Worker
  • Children's Book Author
  • Art/Music Therapist
  • Recreation Leader
  • Camp Director
  • Occupational Therapist

FCCLA Accomplishments

Co-Curricular Club - Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a national student organization tied into this program. Our FCCLA chapter has competed at the state level for the last 8 years. FCCLA students has won gold medals at the state level 4 times as well as Nationals 3 times winning All Gold! We plan community service projects, social events, fundraisers and just have a good time. We focus on building up your leadership skills and helping our community through our community service projects.

Early Childhood Development Program - Students who Gold at Skills USA​​​​​​

Early Childhood Development/Education Professions Instructor

Leza Aroyian

Leza Aroyian