Early Childhood Education

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

About this program

Inspire a foundation of success with a career in early childhood education. At Penn College, you’ll begin making a difference on day one. From understanding theoretical and practical aspects to working directly with little ones in our on-campus Children’s Learning Center, there are countless opportunities to explore, grow, and prepare for your future career.


Overall Placement


Hired BEFORE Graduation


Internship Hours


  • Childcare/school-age director
  • Group supervisor
  • Head Start teacher
  • Head Start home-based teacher
  • Early intervention service coordinator
  • Nanny

At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • Child Development (EDU100)
  • Introduction to Early Childhood Education (EDU101)
  • Methods and Materials for Early Childhood Education I (EDU125)
  • Health, Safety, and Nutrition for Early Childhood (EDU201)
  • Language Arts in Early Childhood Education (EDU262)
  • Observation and Assessment with Young Children (EDU211)
  • Methods and Materials for Early Childhood Education II (EDU225)
  • Methods and Materials for Infants and Toddlers (EDU268)
  • Early Childhood Internship (EDU257)
  • Young Children with Special Needs (EDU230)
  • Family, Communities and Early Education (EDU224)

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

  • Mathematics Elective (MTH)
  • Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective (FIT)
  • Science Elective (SCI)

​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

  • First Year Experience (FYE101)
  • Educational Technology (EDU124)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • General Psychology (PSY111)
  • English Composition II (ENL121) or
  • Technical and Professional Communication (ENL201)
  • Introduction to Sociology (SOC111) or
  • Sociology of Relationships and Marriage (SOC232)
  • Fundamentals of Speech (SPC101) or
  • Interpersonal Communication (SPC201)

Children’s Learning Center

Gain real-world skills and hands-on experience in our on-site Children’s Learning Center caring for children from 13 months to 5 years old.

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Student Experience

"The knowledge, compassion, and wisdom the Early Childhood faculty offer are a testament to the quality of education you will receive."

Debbie Kennedy, Head Start education adviser

Early Childhood Education

Industry Partners

Work with experts to become an expert

Penn College's strong corporate partnerships impact every step of your journey – from your first day in the classroom and labs, to career placement (oftentimes before graduation) and beyond.

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Student Life

Lead and put your skills to the test

Early Educators Club

Be a part of a growing organization with a mission to foster growth and development while promoting professionalism and leadership in the field.

Student Organizations at Penn College

Your college experience is about more than the classroom. Join one of 65+ clubs and organizations, or create your own.


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Study Abroad

Gain global experience

See the world via Williamsport. Take your education abroad and get hands-on experience learning about your industry on a global scale.

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Your knowledge in practice

Internships are key for career preparation. Apply your knowledge through 225 internship hours in a licensed center. 

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Student Experience

The community as their classroom

Early Educators Club shares holiday warmth with YWCA residents

Students from Penn College’s Early Educators Club made the holidays brighter for residents of the YWCA Northcentral Pennsylvania, delivering more than 20 laundry baskets brimming with donations. Members filled each basket with a blanket, various hygiene items, gloves and children’s toys.

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More Information

Children's Services Protection Act 33 and/or Act 34 clearance is required in order to take EDU 257, Early Childhood Internship. 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.

View general transfer information

Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

Visit the Alternative Credit Options page in our Course Catalog for general requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.

  • 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, STEP Head Start
  • Ms. Kerri L Kime, Early Childhood Education Instructor, Lycoming Career and Technology Center
  • Ms. Angie Sees, Early Intervention Program Supervisor, BLaST IU17
  • Ms. Amanda Smith, Early Childhood Education Vocational Teacher, Milton Area School District
  • Dr. James VanHorn, Program Specialist, The Pennsylvania State University

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