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Dr. Heather Shanks-McElroy
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Education Credentials

Coursework and professional development for those employed in pre-school settings:

Child Development Associate Credential (CDA)

Credits earned in this program may be transferred to the bachelors degree in early childhood education. Keystone College offers the 12-credit CDA Program. The CDA is a nationally recognized credential administered by the National Council for Professional Recognition Program in Washington D.C. The credential requires the creation of a professional portfolio.

The College offers instruction which meets the CDA requirements through the following coursework:

  • Introduction to Early Childhood Education
  • Curriculum and Program Planning: Ages 3-8 Years
  • Child, Family and Community
  • Child Development I
Pennsylvania Director’s Credential

Credits earned in this program may be transferred to the bachelor degree programs in education. Keystone College offers the nine-credit PA. Director’s Credential program specified by the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development for individuals who assume director positions in licensed child care facilities in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The credential details instructional competency outcomes that are achieved through participation in the following coursework:

  • Administration and Supervision of Schools for Young Children
    or Seminar: Contemporary Research, Issues, and Ethics in Education
  •  Organizational Behavior
  • Supervision and Leadership
School Age Credential (SACC)

School Age Credential (SACC) Credits earned in this program may be transferred to the bachelor degree programs in education. Keystone College offers the nine-credit SACC credential which is administered by the Pennsylvania Key. The credential requires the creation of a professional portfolio.

The College offers instruction which meets the SAC requirements through the following coursework:

  • Administration and Supervision of Schools for Young Children
    or Seminar: Contemporary Research, Issues, and Ethics in Education
  • Child, Family, and Community
  • Child Development II