Education: Pre K - 4

Degree Offered: Associate in Science

Credits Required: 62 (2017-2018 Academic Year)


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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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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 100Introduction to Information Tech 3.00
ERCH 100Introduction to Early Childhood 3.00
ERCH 105Childrens Developement Health Safet 3.00
WRIT 101English Composition 3.00
PSYC 101General Psychology 3.00

Second Semester - 16 Credits

COMM 201Public Speaking 3.00
EDUC 201PAPA Preparation Prep 1 **1.00
ERCH 101Observation and Guidance 3.00
ERCH 103Creative Content in Early Childhood 3.00
LITR 210Concepts of Literature 3.00
MATH 112Math for Elementary Education I 3.00

Curriculum - 2nd Year

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

Third Semester - 16 Credits

EDUC 220Teaching English Language Learners 3.00
ERCH 205Language and Literature 3.00
ERCH 212Caring for Infants and Toddlers 3.00
MATH 114Math for Elementary Education II 3.00
 TAOC Category Four - 4 credits 

Fourth Semester - 15 Credits

EDUC 230Introduction to Special Education 3.00
ERCH 200Diversity and Inclusion in Early Ch 3.00
ERCH 250Early Childhood Practicum 3.00
 TAOC Category Five (HIST) - 3 credits 
 TAOC Category Six (FINE or MUSI)