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Early Education and Child Development

Early Education & Child Development program fact sheet

Early Education & Child Development (Associate's Degree)  
Early Education & Child Development (Certificate)


ALLEGHENY, BOYCE, NORTH, SOUTH  
Associate of Science (621.5)

This program prepares students for an entry-level position working with infants, children, adolescents and their families in a variety of settings and for transfer to a Pre-K–4 teacher certification program.

Students learn about best practices in direct care and education, diversity when working with children and their families, and techniques for working with children who have special needs. Through classes, weekly field observations, and practicums, students learn about professionalism, human development, health, mental health, infant and child care agencies, family relationships, laws and regulations governing the welfare of children and their families, and community resources available for working with children and their families.

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:

  1. Integrate appropriate theories and practices, general and content knowledge, and professional and pedagogical knowledge to create and implement developmentally appropriate experiences for children and their families.
  2. Work with children of diverse ages and abilities and their families by participating in supervised practicum experiences in multiple types of inclusive child care and educational environments.
  3. Identify core values and ethical behavior standards of the profession by exercising sensitivity, professionalism, confidentiality and competency when interacting with children, families, co-workers, community representatives and policy agents.
  4. Find community resources to support families and their children’s development, learning and well-being.
  5. Employ appropriate discipline terminology and professional tone in written and oral communication in descriptive and applied observation and documentation strategies to positively influence children’s growth and development.

Students must be eligible for clearances through the Federal Criminal History Record (Act 114), Pennsylvania State Police Criminal History Check (Act 34) and the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare Child Abuse History Record Check (Act 151) and meet local requirements of the field placement site. 

Career opportunities exist in infant/toddler centers, home-family support roles, early childhood programs, nursery schools, pre-school programs, before and after school programs, private and public schools, hospitals, therapeutic day care and residential centers, group homes, community living arrangements, and private homes.

Upon completion of this program, students may seek employment as a child care practitioner or an early childhood educator.

This program is the career and program to program transfer program for Early Education & Child Development.  Students who plan to continue on to a teacher certification program should meet with an advisor or transfer counselor to discuss this educational goal.  Graduates achieving a minimum of 3.0 GPA may choose to earn a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education with Pre-K–4 Teacher Certification. Teacher certification candidates must successfully pass the required PRAXIS exams.

 See the graduation checksheet for this program in printable PDF form.

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credits to Graduate: 60–63

First Semester

Course #Course NameCredits

ECD-101 

Introduction to Early Education & Child Development 

3

ECD-105  

Early Childhood Development: Birth to Age 6

3

ECD-107 

Health & Safety of Children

3

ENG-101 

English Composition 1

3

PSY-101  
SOC-101  

Introduction to Psychology or  
Introduction to Sociology

3

       

Total

15

Second Semester

ECD-135 

Practicum: Observation & Assessment

3

ECD-212  

Language, Literacy & Literature in Early Childhood             

3

ENG-102 

English Composition 2

3

HIS-104   

US History 1    

3

MAT-107 
MAT-190
MAT-195 

Mathematics for Elementary Education 1  or
Contemporary Mathematics or   
Business Mathematics

3
4
3

     

Total

15–16

Third Semester

ECD-202

Children With Special Needs

3

ECD-211

Family Systems

3

 

Humanities Elective2  

3

  

Science/Lab Elective    

3–4

 

Social Science Elective3      

3

 

Total

15–16

Fourth Semester

ECD-214  

Curriculum for the Early Childhood Classroom

3

ECD-240

Practicum: Pre-K–4

3

ECD/SOW     

Restricted Electives4

3

 

Humanities Elective2 

3

 

Mathematics 5 or Science Elective   

3–4

 

Total

15–16

 

 

 

1  Required for Program to Program transfer 

2 Humanities are restricted as follows:

 
 3 credits of Literature
3 credits of either Art, Music or Theatre
 

3 Recommended for Social Sciences for Program to Program transfer: 

 

ANT-101  
HIS-101 
GEO-101  

Introduction to Anthropology or
History of Western Civilization or 
World Geography

        3
 3
 3

4 Restricted Electives 

 

 ECD-113

 Middle Childhood & Adolescent Development        

3

 ECD-210

 Clinical Skills with Children

3

 ECD-218

 Child Care Management & Administration

3

 EDU-205  

 English Language Learners 1 

3

 SOW-120   

 Child Welfare 

3

 SOW-130

 Community Resources

3

5 Required for program-to-program transfer

MAT-110Mathmematics for Elementary Education 2 3

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Early Education & Child Development

ALLEGHENY, BOYCE, NORTH, SOUTH   
Certificate (622.4)

This program is primarily for students who work with children and/or their families. It provides theoretical and practical information enabling students to develop job skills for working with infants, toddlers, school age children and their families. Students learn the developmental needs of children and developmentally appropriate activities for children of various ages. Students receive the training in the physical, social, emotional and psychological needs of children. Information on children with special needs and the impacts on their families are included in the program along with an emphasis on diversity and the professionalism needed for working with children and their families. Students become aware of the effects of social conditions on the development of children and study the laws and regulations pertaining to children and agencies that work with them.

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:

  1. Integrate appropriate theories and practices, general and content knowledge and professional and pedagogical knowledge to create and implement and developmentally appropriate experiences for children and their families.
  2. Work with children of diverse ages and abilities and their families by participating in supervised practicum experiences in multiple types of inclusive child care and educational environments.
  3. Identify core values and ethical behavior standards of the profession by exercising sensitivity, professionalism, confidentiality and competency when interacting with children, families, co-workers, community representatives and policy agents.
  4. Find community resources to support families and their children’s development, learning and well-being.
  5. Employ appropriate discipline terminology and professional tone in written and oral communication in descriptive and applied observation and documentation strategies to positively influence children’s growth and development.

Students can complete the certificate before pursuing a degree program. Courses in the program are also helpful for parents.

Students must be eligible for clearances through the Federal Criminal History Record (Act 114), Pennsylvania State Police Criminal History Check (Act 34) and the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare Child Abuse History Record Check (Act 151) and meet local requirements of the field placement site.

Completion of this program enables students to work in child care centers, family day care homes, schools, agencies serving students with special needs or as in-home child care professionals. Graduates may seek employment as a day care assistant, nanny or as a early childhood educational assistant.

See the Checksheet for this program in printable PDF form.

Minimum Credits to Graduate: 30

Certificate Requirements

First Semester

  

 

Course #

Course Name

Credits 

ECD-101  

Introduction to Early Education & Child Development  

3

ECD-105 

Early Childhood Development: Birth to Age 6

3

ECD-107 

Health & Safety of Children

3

ECD-135

Practicum: Observation & Assessment

3

  

Restricted Elective1 (1)

3

Total Credits

15

  

Second Semester  

  

  

ECD-202  

Children with Special Needs

3

ECD-211  

Family Systems 

3

ECD-240  

Practicum: Pre-K–4

3

 

Restricted Electives1 (2)

6

Total Credits

15

1Restricted Electives:

ECD-210        
ECD-212
ECD-214
ECD-218
SOW-120
SOW-130

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Clinical Skills with Children
Language, Literacy & Literature in Early Childhood  
Curriculum for the Early Childhood Classroom                           
Child Care Management & Administration
Child Welfare
Community Resources   

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