The education of the young child, birth to age 8, is a rapidly growing field. The students in these certificate, diploma, and degree programs develop professional knowledge, skills and abilities needed to successfully work in private or public early childhood educational settings and also after earning an associate’s degree continue on for a baccalaureate’s degree by transferring to a four-year institution. Also, certificate and diploma programs along with the associate’s degree establish a foundation for future movement along the PA Keys Career lattice in Early Childhood Education.
This program falls under the federal guidelines of Gainful Employment programming. For important information regarding program costs, debt, and potential earnings, please click here.
- Child Care Worker
- Child Care Provider
- Child Caregiver
- Before and After School Daycare Worker
The program objectives for this diploma will follow the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards as follows:
- Standard 1: Promoting Child Development and Learning
- Standard 2: Building Family and Community Relationships
- Standard 3: Observing, Documenting and Assessing to Support Young Children and Families
- Standard 4: Using Developmentally Effective Approaches to Connect with Children and Families
- Standard 5: Using Content Knowledge to Build Meaningful Curriculum
Obtaining the Diploma
To earn the Diploma, students must:
- Matriculate into the program.
- Satisfactorily complete all diploma requirements.
- This degree program requires that all students obtain a current Pennsylvania Criminal Record Check (Act 34), Child Abuse History Clearance (Act 151), and Federal Criminal History Record Information (CHRI) (ACT 114), to be eligible for the required field experiences. A student should consider these factors before enrolling into this program.
Note: Students are required to have these clearances submitted to the Registrar’s Office by the final day of their first semester. If students fail to have clearances submitted by that time, they will be removed from the program.