Education: Early Childhood (Birth to 4th Grade)

“Many states require providers to complete some training before beginning work. Often, these requirements can be satisfied by having some college credits or by earning a degree in early childhood education.”
--Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014

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The Education: Early Childhood (Birth to 4th Grade) Program develops the knowledge and competence of students interested in teaching or working in related careers with children birth through fourth grade. The Program provides a sound theoretical foundation in principles of child growth and development from the prenatal period through the primary years, as well as a functional understanding of programs and curricula appropriate for young children. Skills emphasized include child observation, curriculum planning for diverse learners, advocacy, and interpersonal and communication abilities.

Upon completion of the Program students receive an Associate in Arts degree and may either enter the workforce or transfer to a baccalaureate program in Education.

Because the curriculum supports the needs of those wishing to pursue a variety of options including transfer, it is highly recommended that students consult Program advisors, catalogs, and transfer worksheets available in the Career and Transfer Center in order to make appropriate course selections.

Graduates of the Program will be prepared to work as childcare practitioners and directors, parent educators, children's recreation staff, teacher assistants and instructional aides. Graduates who wish to become certified teachers will need to transfer to and complete a Pennsylvania Department of Education approved teacher certification program at a four year college or university.

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Courses and Completion Sequence

The following courses and sequence of courses is designed for the optimal success and completion of the Education: Early Childhood (Birth to 4th Grade) degree/certificate. Any alterations should be discussed with your academic advisor.

Semester 1

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
ENGL 101 - English Composition 3 credits Students taking English 101 and 102 should consider the contextualized education- related version of the English courses. ENGL 101
CIS 103 - Applied Computer Technology 3 credits   Tech Comp
ED 105 - Foundations of Early Childhood Education 3 credits ED 105 is a prerequisite for ED 222, ED 255 and ED 265 Students will complete their required clearances, health assessment, and mandated reporter certificate, once approved the students will upload them onto the digital repository, Castle branch. All clearances must be maintained and be current within 12 months. Major Course
PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology 3 credits PSYC 101 is a prerequisite for PSYC 102, ED 204 and ED 214 Social Science
MATH 151 - Linear Mathematics or
MATH 152 - Probability or
MATH 123 - Mathematical Principles I
3 credits MATH 151 or MATH 152: FNMT 118 with a C or better or MATH 161 (or higher) placement Mathematics
  • This program is designed for students who plan to transfer to a bachelor’s degree program after earning their associate’s degree
  • Follow this course schedule each semester and you’ll earn your associate’s degree in two years
  • Make sure you discuss your first semester schedule and your educational plan with an advisor or counselor when you register.

Semester 2

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper 3 credits     ENGL102 & Info. Lit.
ED 135 - Family and Community Relationships 3 credits  Early Childhood Education Proficiency Certificate requires completion of ED 135, ED 151, and ED 230   Major Course
MATH 161 - Precalculus I    or
MATH 133 - Mathematical Principles II
3 credits   Major Course
PSYC 201 - Child Psychology 3 credits PSYC 201 is a prerequisite for ED 222 and ED 255 Major Course
ED 204 - Curriculum and Instruction: Engaging Young Children in the Learning Process    or
ED 214 - Cognition and Learning in the Classroom
3 credits ED 204: A 10-hour observation in an early childhood education setting/classroom is required. All clearances must be maintained and be current within 12 months.
ED 204 and ED 214 are prerequisites for ED 222, ED 230, ED 250 and ED 255
ED 214: A 10-hour observation in an education setting/classroom is required.
All clearances must be maintained and be current within 12 months.
Major Course

Semester 3

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
ED 222 - Language and Literacy Development in Early Childhood 3 credits PSYC 201, ED 204 and ED 214 are prerequisites for ED 222
PSYC 201, ED 204 and ED 214 are prerequisites for ED 230
Major Course
ED 230 - Integrating the Arts into Early Childhood Education 3 credits Early Childhood Education Proficiency Certificate requires completion of ED 135, ED 151, and ED 230 Major Course
ED 245 - Assessment of Young Children 3 credits ED 245: A 20-hour observation is required in an early childhood setting/classroom. All clearances must be maintained and be current within 12 months. Major Course
BIOL 106 - General Biology I 4 credits PSYC 201, ED 204 and ED 214 are prerequisites for ED 250 Natural Science
ED 250 - Infant and Toddler Development and Curriculum 3 credits ED 250: A 10-hour observation in an infant –toddler early childhood education setting is required. All clearances must be maintained and be current within 12 months. Major Course

Semester 4

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
ED 255 - Teaching English Language Learners 3 credits ED 105 or ED 201, ED 204 and ED 214 are prerequisites for ED 255 Major Course
ED 265 - Introduction to Special Education and Inclusive Practices 3 credits ED 105 and PSYC 209 are prerequisites for ED 265 ED 265: A 10-hour observation in an early intervention setting, or an inclusive setting, or a special education classroom is required. All clearances must be maintained and be current within 12 months. Major Course
HIST 101 - United States History: Colonial America through the Revolutionary Era or
HIST 102 - United States History: The 19th Century or
HIST 103 - United States History: The 20th Century
3 credits   Humanities, Writing Intensive, Interpretive Studies, Am/Global Div.
ED 290 - Early Childhood Educ Practicum 4 credits ED 290: A 96-hour pre-student teaching field experience is required in an early childhood setting /classroom. All clearances must be maintained and be current within 12 months. Major Course
ENGL 190 - Introduction to Literature or
GEOG 180 - Urban Geography or
ENGL 115 - Public Speaking or
ED 151 - Health, Safety and Nutrition of Young Children
3 credits Early Childhood Education Proficiency Certificate requires completion of ED 135, ED 151, and ED 230 Directed Electives
  • Congratulations, this is your final semester! Don’t forget to complete your graduation application.
  • Meet with an advisor when registering for your classes
  • Finalize your transfer plans:
  • Take advantage of our scholarship opportunities for transferring students and apply for a scholarship
  • Visit Career Connections to learn about internships and your future career possibilities

General Education Requirements:

All general education requirements necessary for graduation are met through the courses in the program as indicated above. Students who wish to take courses that differ from the general education courses indicated above must complete a course substitution request form. To access the form, login to the MyCCP portal, and in the Student tab, under Electronic Forms, click on the Records and Registration Forms link, then choose Request For Course Substitution Of Graduation Requirement link. A more detailed explanation of the College’s general education requirements is also available.

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