Early Childhood Educaton
Early Childhood Education
Pursue a satisfying career as professional educator and prepare the youngest of students for success for the rest of their lives.
Why study Early Childhood Education?
Connect one-on-one with faculty, fellow students, and other professionals through classroom instruction, hands-on learning, and field placements:
- Learn best practices for planning and preparing environments and instruction in early childhood and primary-grade settings.
- Become an effective communicator who can make informed decisions, think critically and creatively, and examine ethical issues in order to enhance educational excellence.
- Work with expert faculty who will prepare you for a bachelor’s degree and certification to teach in a variety of Pre-K to fourth grade settings
- The non-certification curriculum will prepare students to work with children from birth through eight in diverse learning environments.
- 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.
Receive personalized attention and top-notch instruction in a supportive environment:
- Our Stairs to Success developmental plan for success will guide you through your time at Keystone.
- 92% of students receive financial aid.
- Over 175 scholarships are awarded yearly.
- Daycare Provider
- Elementary School Teacher
- Preschool Manager
- Reading Specialist
- Children’s Center at Keystone College
- Scranton School District
- Treasure House Child Development
Semester Map, BS (120 Credits)
Semester Map, BS (non-certification) (120 Credits)
Semester Map, AS (62 Credits)
Tuition & Financial Aid
Keystone student-to-faculty ratio
increase in jobs over the next 10 years
Median annual salary for early childhood careers
Important Resources for Education Students
Learn how to apply as an Education student. You must be formally accepted into the education program before being permitted to take 3000/4000 level courses.
Teacher Certification Prep
Learn about accelerated programs if you already have your bachelor's degree and want to teach in Pennsylvania.
Learn how high school students interested in early childhood care and those currently working in a the field can gain on the job training and earn college credit.
Early Field Placement
Learn how to succeed in your first, second, and third year placements. Each field participation provides an opportunity to experience life in the classroom.
Learn about student teaching in your senior year. Student teaching takes place in two seven week periods after all academic course work is complete.
Learn the process for clearances. Any education student wishing to participate in a field experience or student teaching must obtain required clearances every year.
Karen Arcangelo, PhD, NCSP
Jan Kaskey, MS
Jeanie Prall, MS
Heather Shanks-McElroy, PhD
Maryellen Tharp, MS
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