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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 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.

Real World Experiences

Classroom experiences give you school-based observation and participation each semester. There’s simply no better preparation for future teachers than real world experience. Observing how students react to different styles of instruction and learning how to adjust in response, will prepare you for a successful career in education.

  • Field experiences begin the first semester
  • Pre-student teaching placements
  • 14 weeks of student teaching last semester

Curriculum Guide

Curriculum Guide for the Early Childhood Education (Pre K-4) B.S. Degree

FIRST SEMESTER

  • Observation/Participation
  • Introduction to Teaching
  • College Writing I: Academic Writing
  • Critical and Analytical Reading
  • First Year Seminar
  • Elective
  • Quantitative: College Algebra
  • Current clearances (Criminal, Child Abuse FBI and Health requirements)
  • PECT-PAPA Prep

SECOND SEMESTER

  • Observation/Participation – Begin Stage 1 Field Experience/Exploration
  • Speech Communication
  • Quantitative: College Mathematics
  • Social & Cultural Elective: Child Development I
  • Introduction to Early Childhood Education
  • College Writing II: Writing About Literature
  • Current clearances (Criminal, Child Abuse FBI and Health requirements)
  • Pre-Service Academic Performance Assessment

THIRD SEMESTER

  • Observation/Participation – Begin Stage 2 Field Experience
  • Child, Family, and Community
  • Arts & Humanities: American Literature I or II
  • Social & Cultural Elective: Child Development II
  • Characteristics & Needs of Exceptional Learners
  • Arts & Humanities: United States History I or II
  • Scientific Literacy Elective
  • Application and interview with Education faculty for acceptance into education program after completion of 48 credits, passing PAPA, and 3.0 or higher GPA
  • Current clearances (Criminal, Child Abuse FBI and Health requirements)

FOURTH SEMESTER

  • Observation/Participation – Begin Stage 3 Field Pre-Student Teaching Experience
  • Curriculum Program Planning  (Ages 3-8)
  • Teaching Literacy through Literature
  • Cognition and Learning
  • Early Intervention & Transitions
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Current clearances (Criminal, Child Abuse FBI and Health requirements)
  • Interview and Acceptance into Education Program.
  • Required to take EDUC 3000-level and higher classes – Bridge Experience

FIFTH SEMESTER

  • Observation/Participation – Continue Stage 3 Field Pre-student Teaching Experience
  • Early Literacy Foundations
  • Developmental Assessment I
  • Integrating the Arts for the Developing Child
  • Electronic Media for Teachers – Technology
  • Elective
  • Current clearances (Criminal, Child Abuse FBI and Health requirements)

SIXTH SEMESTER

  • Observation/Participation – Continue Stage 3 Field Pre-student Teaching Experience
  • Curriculum and Methods: Math
  • Curriculum and Methods: Social Studies
  • Curriculum and Methods: Science
  • Developmental Assessment II
  • Teaching Reading
  • Current clearances (Criminal, Child Abuse FBI and Health requirements)
  • PECT Prep

SEVENTH SEMESTER

  • Observation/Participation – Continue Stage 3 Field Pre-student Teaching Experience
  • Classroom Management
  • Differentiated Instruction for Diverse Learners
  • Teaching English Language Learners – S & C
  • Seminar: Contemporary Research, Issues & Ethics in Education – Moral Reasoning
  • Family Partnerships, Advocacy & Collaboration and Transitions
  • PECT; Pre K – 4
  • Current clearances (Criminal, Child Abuse FBI and Health requirements)

EIGHTH SEMESTER

  • Capstone Experience/Real World/Self Directed Experience:
  • Student Teaching Early Childhood Education PK-K – 1
  • Student Teaching Early Childhood Education Grades 2-4
  • Current clearances (Criminal, Child Abuse FBI and Health requirements)
  • Grad Audit
  • Student teaching takes place in the two grade bands not covered in the Pre-student teaching experience.

Updated: October 2017

Disclaimer: The courses listed above are a sampling for marketing purposes only. Students should consult the College catalog and their academic advisor for course selection and degree progress. Students will work closely with an academic advisor to select courses and/or academic minors that fit their interests, as well as with the Career Development Center for career goals. While the academic advisor assists the student in planning his/her curriculum, the student is ultimately responsible for meeting the requirements of the curriculum selected.

Curriculum Guide for the Early Childhood Education A.S. Degree
First Year 
First Semester

  • Observation / Participation
  • Introduction to Teaching
  • College Writing I: Academic Writing
  • Critical and Analytical Reading
  • First Year Seminar
  • Elective – PC Office Applications recommended
  • Elective – College Algebra recommended
Second Semester

  • Observation / Participation
  • Lab Science Elective
  • Speech Communication
  • Child Development I
  • Introduction to Early Childhood Education
  • College Writing II: Writing About Literature
Second Year
First Semester

  • Observation / Participation
  • Health and Wellness of Young Children
  • Child, Family, and Community
  • Early Childhood Education Elective
  • Early Childhood Education Elective
  • Child Development II
  • Arts & Humanities Elective – American Literature I or II recommended
Second Semester

  • Curriculum Program Planning (Ages 3-8)
  • Community Based ECE Field Experience
  • Arts and Humanities Elective
  • Seminar in Early Childhood Education
  • Early Childhood Education Elective

Disclaimer: The courses listed above are a sampling for marketing purposes only. Students should consult the College catalog and their academic advisor for course selection and degree progress. Students will work closely with an academic advisor to select courses and/or academic minors that fit their interests, as well as with the Career Development Center for career goals. While the academic advisor assists the student in planning his/her curriculum, the student is ultimately responsible for meeting the requirements of the curriculum selected.

College Catalog

See the official college catalog for all course descriptions and degree requirements.

Hands on Experience

Study Abroad

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Internships and Field Experiences

Not all education happens in the classroom. Internships and other field experiences give students the opportunity to learn through direct hands-on experiences outside of the classroom with a real world experience in the field.

Undergraduate Research

The process of research and discovery while working with a faculty mentor enriches the learning process and creates positive attributes which will last a lifetime. Undergraduate research encompasses both traditional research and creative endeavors.

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