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Early Childhood Education

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Early Childhood Education

Early childhood education can be one of the satisfying careers a professional educator can undertake because it provides the opportunity for the teacher to prepare the youngest of students for success for the rest of their lives.

Classes within the early childhood education degree programs at Keystone College are small and allow for varied opportunities to work with faculty. The curriculum is organized to foster the development of skilled teachers who can utilize best practices for planning and preparing environments and instruction in early childhood and primary- grade settings. Graduates will be self-directed individuals who can communicate effectively, make informed decisions, think critically and creatively, and examine ethical issues in order to enhance educational excellence.

Bachelor of Science

At Keystone College, the Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education (Pre K- through 4) prepares students to become certified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and to teach children in Pre-K through the fourth grade.

Associate in Science

Graduates of the Early Childhood Education, Associate in Science degree program are prepared for entry-level positions in the early childhood field or may continue pursuing further study.


Keystone College offers high school students the opportunity to obtain the credentials they need to become certified childcare professionals. Students can take courses taught by Keystone faculty members which will lead to a Childcare Development Associate credential, enabling them to pursue careers as certified childcare professionals. The credits students earn can also be applied as college credits for students wishing to continue their education.

College Catalog

View or download the official college catalog for all course descriptions and degree requirements.


Develop an additional focus of study to help expand your resume by completing another minor.

Real World Experience

From internships and experiential learning opportunities to travel and conferences, you’ll have many opportunities to conduct real-world experiences, work with your peers and mentors in your chosen field, and learn first-hand the latest skills to succeed in the real world.

Study Abroad

Explore our study abroad programs and discover a world of opportunities that are sure to be the highlight of your college years.


Working with a faculty mentor conducting research enriches the learning process and creates positive lifelong attributes.

Civic Engagement

Engage in civic-based projects and service-learning experiences and make a positive difference in the greater community.


Internships and field experiences give students the chance to learn through hands-on experiences beyond the classroom.

Faculty Profiles

Arcangelo, Karen, PhD, NCSP

Arcangelo, Karen, PhD, NCSP

Chair of the Education Department, Associate Professor and Program Director of Early Childhood Education/Special Education, and Faculty Coordinator of Adult and Online Learning
Prall, Jeanie, MS

Prall, Jeanie, MS

Instructor and Program Director of Middle & Secondary Education and Accelerated Programs
Shanks-McElroy, Heather, PhD

Shanks-McElroy, Heather, PhD

Professor of Education, Program Director for ECE, Child and Family Studies and Graduate Program - ECE Leadership

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