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Early Education & Child Development, A.S. (621.6) ♦

Allegheny, Boyce, North, South
Associate of Science

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.

The Early Education and Child Development degree program at CCAC is accredited by the Commission on Early Childhood Higher Education Programs of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, 1313 L Street NW, Suite 500, Washington DC 20005. (800) 424-2460 ext. 8007.

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:

  1. Integrate appropriate theories and practices to create, implement and evaluate developmentally effective experiences for children and their families.
  2. Work with children of diverse ages, abilities and cultures in multiple field experiences in childcare and educational environments as they identify community resources to support children and their families.
  3. Apply appropriate observation and assessment strategies to positively influence children’s development and learning as they employ appropriate discipline terminology and professional tone in written and oral communication.
  4. Utilize student-prepared tools and strategies that reflect content and pedagogical knowledge of intentional and responsive practice.
  5. 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.

Weekly observations are required.  Students must be eligible for clearances through the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Criminal History Clearance (Act 114). Pennsylvania State Police Criminal History Check (Act 34) and the Pennsylvania 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 childcare 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 Pennsylvania teacher certification tests in both basic skills and pedagogy and should consult with faculty for current requirements.

Degree Requirements

Total: 15 Credits

Total: 15 Credits

Total: 15-16 Credits

Total: 15-16 Credits

Minimum Credits to Graduate 60-63

1 Students in the career program or transferring to a non-TAOC institution may choose:

   MAT-195 Business Mathematics 3 CR

2 Students in the career program or transferring to a non-TAOC institution may choose any Social Science Elective.

3 Student in the career program or transferring to a non-TAOC institution may choose any Humanities Elective.

4 Students in the career program or transferring to a non-TAOC institution may choose from the restricted electives listed below.

5 Students in the career program or transferring to a non-TAOC institution may choose any Mathematics or Science elective.

For specific program pathway for the career or non-TAOC option, see Early Education & Child Development, A.S. non-TAOC option  

Transfer Opportunities

The keystone icon indicates that this particular CCAC program is a Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Center (TAOC) approved Associate Degree program. All credits earned in this program are accepted by any state system college in Pennsylvania that offers a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, including California University of Pennsylvania , Carlow University , Clarion University of Pennsylvania , Edinboro University of Pennsylvania , Indiana University of Pennsylvania  and Slippery Rock University .

Other articulation agreements are available for students to complete the Associate Degree and transfer to Grand Canyon University , Robert Morris University  and Westminster College . It is important that students consult with a counselor early in their program to develop a course plan most appropriate for the school to which they intend to transfer. See www.ccac.edu/articulation for details.

Career-focused or transferring to a non-TAOC institution?

Students working towards the career program or transferring to a non-TAOC participating institution:

See the Early Education & Child Development, A.S. non-TAOC option .

Career students should consult with Education faculty to choose appropriate courses.

All transfer students should meet with a counselor to choose appropriate courses for transfer.