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Early Childhood Education (A.A.)

Over the last year, 175+ jobs were posted by companies in our region for professionals in this field. The median salary for a preschool/childcare education administrator is $37,117 per year. (Source: EMSI Career Coach)

Did you enjoy playing “school” as a child? Do you like playing games, doing craft projects, and reading stories? Do you spend time volunteering with children? If so, you should consider a degree in Early Childhood Education!

This program provides students with the knowledge to apply general and early childhood education theory and practice. Students work to create effective learning environments and interactions for all children, from birth to fourth grade. Students following this degree track develop the professional knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully work in private or public early childhood educational settings.

Our Early Childhood Education degree is an Associate of Arts, meaning it is designed to help students easily transfer their associate degree credits to any bachelor’s degree program in Early Childhood Education or a related field, at the four-year institution of their choice. Students will also be prepared to enter the workforce after earning their degree. Many child care programs welcome qualified applicants after graduation with a degree in Early Childhood Education.

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Program Objectives

The program objectives for this degree will follow the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Transfer and Articulation Oversight Committee (TAOC) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards as follows:

  1. Standard 1: Promoting Child Development and Learning
  2. Standard 2: Building Family and Community Relationships
  3. Standard 3: Observing, Documenting and Assessing to Support Young Children and Families
  4. Standard 4: Using Developmentally Effective Approaches to Connect with Children and Families
  5. Standard 5: Using Content Knowledge to Build Meaningful Curriculum
  6. Standard 6: Becoming a Professional

Requirements & Course Sequence

All course requirements and the recommended sequence of courses for this program can be found through the College’s Online Academic Catalog. Click here to access the catalog for details on our Early Childhood Education program.

Program Availability

Early Childhood Education is available at the following locations:

Transfer Opportunities

Your ability to start here and earn a bachelor’s degree anywhere makes Penn Highlands the right college choice. Plus, you will save thousands of dollars. Be smart, and get your associate degree with us before transferring on to something greater.

Penn Highlands has signed transfer agreements to continue your studies in Early Childhood Education with:

  • Bloomsburg University
  • Cabrini University
  • California University of Pennsylvania
  • Carlow University
  • Cheyney University
  • Clarion University
  • East Stroudsburg University
  • Edinboro University
  • Geneva College
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Kutztown University
  • Lincoln University
  • Lock Haven University
  • Mansfield University
  • Millersville University
  • Mount Aloysius College
  • Shippensburg University
  • Slippery Rock University
  • West Chester University

Ready? Schedule a visit to discuss your future. Transfer options are different based on the college you plan to attend; our team can help you determine the right path for what you are looking for.

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