Early Childhood Education

  • Location: East Campus (Oley)
    Instructor: Rochelle Rudy                

    Location: West Campus (Leesport)
    Instructor: Karla Gibson


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    CIP Code: 19.0708

  • 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
    Hand-eye coordination
    Artistic ability/creativity

    Career Pathways

    Preschool Teacher (except special education)
    Child Care Worker
    Elementary Teacher Preparation
    Teacher’s Assistant
    Assistant Group Supervisor
    Personal & Home Care Aide
    Recreation Worker
    Teacher’s Assistant
    Education Administrator, Pre-School & Childcare Center Program
    Elementary School Teacher

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    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.

    Industry Certifications

    Child Development Associate (CDA)-Ready Certificate
    First Aid
    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*

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