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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 (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!”

Blue Grad Cap

94% Success Rate

94% of bachelor’s degree students reported successful outcomes within six months of graduation.

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Apprenticeship Programs

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 catalog or download catalog (PDF) 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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