Early Childhood Education
Program Entrance Recommendations:
Emotional maturity - students will be working directly
with pre-school age children and must demonstrate
respect and self control at all times.
Reading at grade level
Algebra I or Geometry
Problem solving/troubleshooting skills
Ability to work independently and in a team
Preschool Teacher (except special education)
Child Care Worker
Elementary Teacher Preparation
Assistant Group Supervisor
Personal & Home Care Aide
Education Administrator, Pre-School & Childcare Center Program
Elementary School Teacher
The Early Childhood Education program is designed to train and prepare students for employment in the early learning field and provides the foundation for study in higher education. Students in this program gain daily practical experience in the on-site child care school.
Students study all phases of child development: physical, social, emotional and intellectual. The curriculum focuses on the following topics: establishing and maintaining a safe, healthy learning environment; advancing physical and intellectual competence; supporting social and emotional development and providing positive guidance; establishing positive and productive relationships with families; ensuring a well-run, purposeful program responsive to children’s needs; and maintaining professionalism. Each student works independently with a combination of learning strategies used to enhance the student’s growth.
Graduates of this program are well prepared for a variety of careers working with children including employment in day care centers, nursery schools, elementary schools, HeadStart classes, playgrounds, recreation centers and early childhood education centers. A student graduating in this program can qualify as an assistant group supervisor in child day care centers throughout Pennsylvania.
Through agreements with various area colleges and universities, our graduates may qualify for advanced credit in early childhood education programs.
Child Development Associate (CDA)-Ready Certificate
Infant and Child CPR
Mandated Reporting Certification
OSHA/CareerSafe 10-Hour Certification
Program Requirements/Costs (approximate):
Please use the Order Supplies link for the approximate costs of the Textbooks, Tools & Supplies, and Uniforms for this program.
Physical - TBD
Industry certification testing fees - $50*
College Advanced Credits
by Judy Herr Ed.D. Year Published:
MSRP Price: $90.00
**Students do not need the workbook for this text**
BCTC Price: $75.00
This textbook can be purchased on-line or is available for purchase through BCTC. Payment may be given to the instructor.