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Education: Pre K - 4

Degree Offered: Associate in Science

Credits Required: 62 (2017-2018 Academic Year)


The backpack icon indicates that this particular CCBC major is a Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Center (TAOC) approved Associate Degree program.

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 The program is designed to equip individuals with knowledge and skills to work with young children, aged birth through eight, based on nationally recognized standards. Students will learn to work with young children in group settings such as childcare facilities, preschools, Early Head Start and Head Start programs, family home daycares, early intervention programs and various other settings.

Students will learn through classroom discussion and instruction, hands on activities and 280+ hours of observation and field experience. With the educational background and skills acquired, graduation will qualify the student for an assistant teaching position. With experience the graduate may be considered for supervisory positions such as group supervisor, lead teacher, or director. After graduation, students may consider opening their own childcare facility or family home daycare or transfer to a four year institution to earn a baccalaureate.


Program Outcomes

Graduates will be able to

  1. Use knowledge of young children's needs, characteristics, development, and influences to create supportive, respectful, culturally relevant and challenging learning environments.
  2. Identify and assess family and community characteristics and support families by involving them in their children's learning and development.
  3. Practice and apply effective assessment strategies to positively influence the development of young children.
  4. Design, implement, and evaluate experiences that promote positive development and learning for all young children, using a wide array of developmentally appropriate approaches, instructional strategies, and tools to connect with children and families.
  5. Utilize knowledge and resources to design, implement, and evaluate meaningful, challenging curriculum that promotes comprehensive developmental and learning outcomes for every young child.
  6. Identify and use ethical guidelines and other professional standards related to early childhood practice and develop a commitment to professional development through lifelong learning.
  7. Prepare, organize, and plan for entrance into teacher certification program.  
  8. Develop the knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions necessary to promote the development and learning of young children across the entire developmental period of early childhood and in a variety of settings that offer early education.


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Criminal Background Checks & Child Abuse Clearance Information

Curriculum - 1st Year

Requirement: Apply for DPW Child Abuse History Clearance (ACT 151), PA State Police Request for Criminal History (ACT 34), and Federal Criminal History Record Information (CHRI) during ERCH 100.

First Semester - 15 Credits

CIST 100
Introduction to Information Tech
A computer course designed to introduce students to personal computers. Topics include basic concepts of computer operations, storage media, software categories, Windows operating system, computer communication devices, and Internet. The course also includes introduction to Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. Honors Option Available Introduction to Information Technology honors introduces concepts related to global computing concepts together with MicroSoft Office to develop documents, spreadsheets, databases and presentations. Through a series of projects students will learn how to develop integrated applications correlated other honors courses. 3-0-3
ERCH 100
Introduction to Early Childhood
This course introduces students to early childhood education – the basic knowledge and skills, the attitudes, and the philosophies. Students also examine early childhood education in light of its history, pioneers, curriculum, programs, and new trends. Students learn basic child development theories and milestones from birth through age eight. Introduction to assessment, observation, inclusion, environments that are universally designed, ethical guidelines, professionalism, curriculum models, and partnerships with families are incorporated as foundational skills. Observation visits to early childhood settings ae required. 3-0-3
ERCH 105
Childrens Developement Health Safet
This course studies the physical development of young children with respect to nutritional needs, safety considerations, general health requirements, and appropriate classroom experiences to enhance that development. Topics concerning educating children with special needs (educational adaptations) are included. 2-1-3
PSYC 101
General Psychology
This course examines the scientific study of behavior and mental processes and provides a survey of the major areas of psychology. Important topics and findings from psychology are reviewed. Topics include the role of science in the study of behavior, the biological foundations of behavior, learning, information processing, stress and health, social interaction, development, motivation, emotion and psychological disorders. 3-0-3 Honors Option Availaible This course examines the scientific study of behavior and mental processes and provides a survey of the major areas of psychology. Important topics and findings from psychology are reviewed. Topics included the role of science in the study of behavior, the biological foundations of behavior, learning, information processing, stress and health, social interaction, development, motivation, emotion, and psychological disorders. 3-0-3
WRIT 101
English Composition
Students will practice expository writing and learn the academic form of the essay and research paper. Students will focus on the development of an academically sound and challenging thesis and resulting essay. The mechanics of writing will be reviewed as needed. Pre-requisite: Placement testing; successful completion of DEVS012 Reading and DEVS015 Introduction to College Writing if required, permission of the Division Director. Honors Option Available English Composition Honor students will practice expository and persuasive discourse in writing and learning the academic form of the essay and research paper. Students will focus on the development of a sound thesis for projects concerning topics of global or international significance. 3-0-3

Second Semester - 16 Credits

COMM 201
Public Speaking
The emphasis is on speech preparation and delivery in a variety of speaking experiences designed to improve the speaker’s capability through the application of correct speech practices. Honors Option Available Public Speaking Honors emphasizes speech preparation, and delivery, with special attention paid to crafting effective academic and professional presentations on global and international issues. Speeking experiences and presentations will be designed by individuals and groups and presented to the CCBC community, the public and other appropriate audiences. 3-0-3
EDUC 201
PAPA Preparation Prep 1 **
This course is designed to assist students in meeting requirements for admission into Education programs. It provides students in preparing for the Praxis I exam with drills, strategies, and explanations. 1-0-1
ERCH 101
Observation and Guidance
Students will learn about and practice methods of observation, recording information, and interpreting the develoment of children based on a progression of skill development in emotional, social, large and small motor, cognitive, language arts and creative areas. Positive, developmentally appropriate strategies and a respectful approach to guiding children are also included. Observation visits to early childhood settings are required. 3-0-3
ERCH 103
Creative Content in Early Childhood
This course emphasizes creativity in children, teachers and curriculum. Students will learn how to incorporate creativity into all curriculum areas and how to encourage and cherish creativity in every child. Students survey science, math and social studies concepts as well as the materials and activities used in a preschool classroom. Emphasis is placed on developing teaching skills that maintain curiosity and emply experimentation. Students will also study art in relation to the development of the young child and how to construct a developmentally appropriate early childhood art program. Observations and field experiences at early childhood settings are required. 2-1-3
MATH 112
Math for Elementary Education I
This course employs a problem-solving approach to basic mathematical concepts and techniques that constitute the elementary school mathematics curriculum. Problem solving techniques are discussed, including reasoning, pattern recognition, algorithms, estimation, and mental math. Set and function concepts, whole numbers, integers, and rational numbers are explored. Other topics include numeration systems and number theory. Prerequisite: "C" or better in PREP021, appropriate placement score or appropriate high school records. 3-0-3
TAOC Category Six (LITR)

Curriculum - 2nd Year

Recommendation: Take PAPA EXAMS (Math, Reading and Writing) exams by end of 3rd semester.

Third Semester - 16 Credits

EDUC 220
Teaching English Language Learners
Course Catalog Description. As the number of English Language Learners (ELLs) continues to grow in our public schools there is an increased need for highly qualified teachers to instruct them. This course will be an introduction into the varied theories and practicies of teaching English Language Learners. This course will look at some prominent research in the field of second language acquisition and apply it to strategies and best practices used in Pennsylvania, as well as other parts of the country. This course will give students an overview to support effective instruction of students who have a first language other than English. Prerequisite: EDUC108, ERCH100, EDUC105
ERCH 205
Language and Literature
Students are introduced to concepts of language development and developemental language arts activities. Language acquisition, growth milestones and early communicative capacities from infancy through preschool are explored. This course introduces students to concepts of speaking, listening, writing, reading and visual literacy. Students also address diversity in the preschool classroom as well as the importance of adult and parental attitudes about young children's communicative abilities from birth onward. Observation visits to early childhool settings are required. 3-0-3
ERCH 212
Caring for Infants and Toddlers
This course will explore the stages of development in very young children and their nurture and education in child care settings. Included will be the design and implementation of age appropriate toys, activities, and routines. Students will consider health, safety, play and daily care schedules. 2-1-3
MATH 114
Math for Elementary Education II
This course is a continuation of MATH112 Elementary Mathematics for Education I. The focus of this course is to increase student understanding and skills in the following elementary mathematics curriculum areas: decimals and percents, statistics and probability, geometry and measurement. Emphasis will be on the understanding of these topics, techniques for presenting them to elementary students, and adherence to the state and national standards. Prerequisite: "C" or better in MATH112. 3-0-3
TAOC Category Four - 4 credits

Fourth Semester - 15 Credits

EDUC 230
Introduction to Special Education
Students are introduced to a wide range of subject matter, from the history of special educaton to challenges facing special education. Students will apply research to create active classroom strategies that illustrate an awareness of the concerns of special education. Prerequisite: EDUC108, EDUC105, ERCH100
ERCH 200
Diversity and Inclusion in Early Ch
This course surveys the great diversity that children represent in their ethnic, linguistic, social, and economic backgrounds as well as their overall development. Students ae introduced to environmental influences on the child such as home, family, culture, society and media. Students also consider the importance of family partnerships, the education of children with special needs and the need to address stereotypes and prejudices that children experience are included. Observation visits to early childhood settings are required.
ERCH 250
Early Childhood Practicum
This internship requires supervised work with young children in an early childhood setting as appropriate for the associate degree in Early Childhood Education. Students will be involved as assistant teachers. 1-6-3 Prerequisite: Consent of the department and approval of application.
TAOC Category Five (HIST) - 3 credits
TAOC Category Six (FINE or MUSI)