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 (certification)
The bachelor of science degree in early childhood education prepares professionals to teach in a variety of Pre-K to fourth grade settings. This early childhood certification program is organized to foster the development of skilled teachers, who can utilize best practices for planning and preparing environments and instructing in early childhood settings.
Bachelor of Science (non-certification)
The early childhood education curriculum prepares individuals to work with children from birth through eight in diverse learning environments. Students will combine learning theories with practice in actual settings with young children. Coursework includes growth and development, physical/nutritional needs of children, cognition/language, social/emotional, and creative development of young children. Graduates are prepared to plan and implement developmentally appropriate programs in early childhood settings.
Associate in Science
The associate of science degree in early childhood education prepares students to work with children, newborn to nine years of age in a variety of settings, including schools, day care centers, Head Start, nursery schools, homes, hospitals, social service agencies, and early intervention programs for children with special needs. Graduates of the associate in science program are prepared for entry-level positions or to continue in Keystone College’s baccalaureate degree program in early childhood.
Keystone College student Jennifer M. Gaughan discusses Keystone College’s Early Childhood Education program on WBRE’s “PA live!”
94% Success Rate
94% of bachelor’s degree students reported successful outcomes within six months of graduation.
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.
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.