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Education Credentials and Professional Development

Coursework for those employed in pre-school settings:

Child Development Associate Credential (CDA)

Credits earned in this program may be transferred to the bachelors degree in early childhood education. Keystone College offers the 12-credit CDA Program. The CDA is a nationally recognized credential administered by the National Council for Professional Recognition Program in Washington D.C. The credential requires the creation of a professional portfolio.

The College offers instruction which meets the CDA requirements through the following coursework:
ECE 1110 – Introduction to Early Childhood Education
ECE 2115 – Curriculum and Program Planning: Ages 3-8 Years
EDUC 2130 – Child, Family and Community
PSYC 2190 – Child Development I

Early Childhood / Early Intervention Certificate

This program is designed to help individuals who lack specialized early intervention training but who currently work in early childhood or early intervention programs. Credits earned in this program may be transferred to the associate degree or B.S. degree programs in early childhood education. Prior to beginning the certificate sequence, students are required to complete English 101. Students meeting all requirements receive a certificate in early intervention.

The following courses must be taken:

  • ECE 1110 – Introduction to Early Childhood Education
  • ECE 2110 – Curriculum Planning, Ages 0-3
  • ECE 2115 – Curriculum Planning, Ages 3-8
  • ECE 2180 – Early Childhood Education Seminar
  • EDUC 2130 – Child, Family and Community
  • EDUC 3215 – Integrating the Arts
  • PSYC 2190 – Child Development I
  • SPEC 2110 – Characteristics and Needs of Exceptional Learners
  • SPEC 2115 – Special Education Processes and Procedures
  • SPEC 2120 – Early Intervention and Transitions
Pennsylvania Director’s Credential

Credits earned in this program may be transferred to the bachelor degree programs in education. Keystone College offers the nine-credit PA. Director’s Credential program specified by the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development for individuals who assume director positions in licensed child care facilities in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The credential details instructional competency outcomes that are achieved through participation in the following coursework:

  • ECE 3150 – Administration and Supervision of Schools for Young Children
    or EDUC 4910 – Seminar: Contemporary Research, Issues, and Ethics in Education
  • PSYC 4110 – Organizational Behavior
  • PSYC 4115 – Supervision and Leadership
School Age Credential (SACC)

School Age Credential (SACC) Credits earned in this program may be transferred to the bachelor degree programs in education. Keystone College offers the nine-credit SACC credential which is administered by the Pennsylvania Key. The credential requires the creation of a professional portfolio.

The College offers instruction which meets the SAC requirements through the following coursework:

  • ECE 3150 – Administration and Supervision of Schools for Young Children
    or EDUC 4910 – Seminar: Contemporary Research, Issues, and Ethics in Education
  • EDUC 2130 – Child, Family, and Community
  • PSYC 2195 – Child Development II