Stanly Community College’s (SCC) Early Childhood Program, working in conjunction with Frank Porter Graham (FPG) Institute at UNC Chapel Hill, hosted a meeting with international faculty from SIM University of Singapore on Wednesday, April 6. The FPG Institute asked SCC’s Early Childhood faculty to meet SIM University faculty because of SCC’s exemplary process of engaging online students, community partners, and constantly reviewing and improving their curriculum.
SIM University is developing the first full-time early childhood degree that includes online courses as part of their program in Singapore. According to Dr. Chih-Ing Lim, of UNC-FPG, “...UniSim plans to offer the full-time Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (with Minor) programme in August 2017. The 4-year programme will be the first locally awarded full-time early childhood education undergraduate degree in Singapore, a significant milestone in the Singapore early years teacher education landscape. The programme is anchored in socio-cultural perspectives, an inclusive approach, a strong belief in child agency, and children’s meaning making through multiple modalities. More importantly, the programme aims to bridge the nexus between theory and practice for pre-service and beginning teachers. It involves field-based research and collaborative work with teachers to develop the programme, and will be delivered in a blended combination of online and face-to-face experiences, with an emphasis on teacher learning through regular placements in local kindergartens, child care centres and other relevant settings.”
“We were truly honored that UNC-FPG and SIM University selected us to talk to about our online Early Childhood education,” stated Christie Honeycutt, SCC Associate Dean of Health & Public Services. “FPG is one of the leading child development research facilities in the world and we are honored to have been chosen to work with them and pass on our best practices to SIM University.”
SCC’s Early Childhood Education curriculum prepares individuals to work with children from infancy through middle childhood in diverse, inclusive learning child development environments. Students will combine learned theories with practice in actual settings with young children under the supervision of qualified teachers. For information about SCC’s Early Childhood program, visit our website at https://www.stanly.edu/future-students/educational-offerings/early-childhood-education or contact Christie Honeycutt at 704-991-0295.
For further information about the Frank Porter Graham Institute at UNC Chapel Hill, visit their website at http://fpg.unc.edu/. For information about SIM University, visit them at http://www.unisim.edu.sg/.
Pictured in the photo from left to right: Jaime Shelton, Instructor, Early Childhood, SCC; Cyndie Osborne, Online Coordinator, Early Childhood, SCC; Christie Honeycutt, Program Head, Early Childhood (Associate Dean, Health Sciences and Public Services), SCC; Christy Hopkins, Instructor, Early Childhood, SCC; Chih-Ing Lim, PhD, Investigator, Frank Porter Graham Institute, UNC Chapel Hill; Dora Wu Chen, PhD, Senior Lecturer, SIM University; Sirene Lim, PhD, Senior Lecturer, SIM University.