Do you have an interest in working with young children, but don't know where to start? Our Early Childhood Education proficiency certificate program is a solid choice for students who wish to work with young learners up to five years of age. Through a series of courses with a focus on program planning, you will not only learn to identify key theories of child development, you'll also design course curriculum with a focus on the integrated arts for children birth through age five. This program will enable students to pursue careers as child care practitioners, assistant group supervisors, or teacher aide paraprofessionals and also meets the Pennsylvania Early Learning Keys to Quality Career Lattice Level III.
Early Childhood Education Proficiency Certificate
|Course Number and Name||Prerequisites||Credits|
|ED 135 - Family and Community Relationships||3 credits|
|ED 151 - Health, Safety and Nutrition of Young Children||3 credits|
|ED 230 - Integrating the Arts into Early Childhood Education *||ED 105 with a grade of "C" or better and ENGL 101||3 credits|
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.
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education
Instruct preschool-aged children in activities designed to promote social, physical, and intellectual growth needed for primary school in preschool, day care center, or other child development facility. May be required to hold State certification.
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- Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order.
- Organize and lead activities designed to promote physical, mental, and social development, such as games, arts and crafts, music, storytelling, and field trips.
- Teach basic skills, such as color, shape, number and letter recognition, personal hygiene, and social skills.
- Read books to entire classes or to small groups.
- Observe and evaluate children's performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.
How well does it pay?
New workers generally start around $21,505. Normal pay for Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education is $29,663 per year, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as $46,995.