Early Childhood Education
Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)

Early Childhood Education provides students with a sound foundation in theoretical and practical aspects of early child care and education settings. The curriculum establishes strengths in oral and written communication, problem solving, and evaluation skills. Students will gain an understanding of the physical, social, and psychological factors that influence a child's development in a particular cultural environment. Fieldwork experiences provide students an opportunity to work directly with young children, drawing upon the principles and professional practices covered in the course work.

Program Specs

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Early Childhood Education lab
Instructional and colorful activities board at the Children’s Learning Center at Penn College
Early Childhood Education students work in the Children’s Learning Center at Penn College

About the curriculum


View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.

Accreditation & Industry Connections

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Program accreditation.

After graduation

List of jobs via the College Catalog.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics pay depends on the educational attainment of the worker and the type of establishment. Although the pay generally is very low, more education usually means higher earnings. The median annual wage for childcare workers was $19,510 in May 2012. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $16,340, and the top 10 percent earned more than $29,510

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Child Day Care Services 297,850 $9.48 $19,710
Elementary and Secondary Schools 138,250 $11.51 $23,940
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 34,480 $9.56 $19,880
Civic and Social Organizations 30,960 $9.52 $19,800
Other Residential Care Facilities 25,980 $11.07 $23,020

*Statistics reported in May 2012

Transfer Procedures

View general transfer procedures via the College Catalog.

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Clubs & Activities

  • Children's Learning Center - work with toddlers and preschoolers
  • Early Educators

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Notice of Conviction

Notice of Conviction via the College Catalog.

Early Childhood Education Advisory Committee

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Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.

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