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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 150 scholarships are awarded yearly.

Career Options

  • Daycare Provider
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Preschool Manager
  • Reading Specialist

Employers

  • Children’s Center at Keystone College
  • Scranton School District
  • Treasure House Child Development

Exceptional experiences.
Giant outcomes.

13:1

Keystone’s student-to-faculty ratio
18%
increase in jobs over the next 10 years.

94%

Keystone students employed or continuing their education within six months of graduation

$31-69K
Average starting salaries for early childhood careers
Ranked

Important Resources for Education Students

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Formal Admission

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. 

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Teacher Certification Prep

Learn about accelerated programs if you already have your bachelor's degree and want to teach in Pennsylvania.

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Apprenticeship Programs

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.

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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.

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Student Teaching

Learn about student teaching in your senior year.  Student teaching takes place in two seven week periods after all academic course work is complete.

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Clearances

Learn the process for clearances. Any education student wishing to participate in a field experience or student teaching must obtain required clearances every year.

Featured Faculty

Karen Arcangelo, PhD, NCSP

Karen Arcangelo, 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
Mariel H. Consagra, MS

Mariel H. Consagra, MS

Instructor of Education    
Michelle Dudley, PhD

Michelle Dudley, PhD

Instructor of Education and Program Director for Secondary and Accelerated Programs
Jan Kaskey, MS

Jan Kaskey, MS

Professor of Education     
Jeanie Prall, MS

Jeanie Prall, MS

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

Heather Shanks-McElroy, PhD

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

Maryellen Tharp, MS

Professor of Education    

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