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.

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

After Graduation

Career Opportunities

Childcare/School-age director, lead or teacher, group supervisor,  assistant group supervisor;  Early Head Start home based teachers and Head Start home visitors; private academic  assistant teacher;  teacher’s aide/paraprofessional; house parent, child caseworker’s aide; early intervention service coordinator; family day care home operator and  group day care home operator.

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.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for childcare workers was $20,320 in May 2015. The top 10 percent earned more than $30,750.

Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Child Day Care Services285,260$9.99$20,780
Elementary and Secondary Schools117,870$12.01$24,990
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries38,850$10.15$21,110
Civic and Social Organizations28,170$10.08$20,970
Other Residential Care Facilities19,170$11.98$24,920

Statistics reported in May 2015

Transfer Procedures

This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College. Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.

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Clubs & Activities

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

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Notice of Conviction

Children's Services Protection Act 33 and/or Act 34 clearance is required in order to take EDU 256, Early Childhood Practicum. Students desiring entrance into the Early Childhood major should be aware that early childcare providers could bar a student from their site if a criminal record exists or if a positive drug test is noted. Inability to gain internship experience in the practicum results in an inability to meet program objectives and outcomes. The presence of a criminal record can also result in early childcare providers refusing to issue credentials necessary for employment.

Early Childhood Education Advisory Committee

  • Ms. Deborah Antonetti-Hill, Early Childhood Education Teacher, Williamsport Area School District
  • Ms. Roma J Greenly, Preschool Program Specialist, PA Keys
  • Ms Carolyn A Hawk, Director, Funding & Community Relations, Lycoming County United Way
  • Ms. Kerri L Kime, Early Childhood Education Instructor, Lycoming Career and Technology Center
  • Shahnaz Mondanipour, Education Director, Lycoming-Clinton Head Start
  • Dr. James VanHorn, Program Specialist, The Pennsylvania State University

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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