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Early Childhood Education

The associate degree in Early Childhood Education prepares students to be effective teachers, aides and other professionals working with children from infancy through approximately nine years of age.

This program of study provides the foundation for understanding the fundamentals of child growth and development from birth through the primary years. Additionally, this Early Childhood Education associate degree program emphasizes the importance of curriculum planning and development, the value of observing, assessing and documenting child learning and development, and the significance of communications and interpersonal skills among children.

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Early Childhood Education professions include:

  • Teachers in Child Care Centers
  • Instructors in Head Start Programs
  • Instructional Aides
  • Teacher Assistants
  • Childcare Practitioners
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Graduates of the Early Childhood Education at P.I.T. are prepared to immediately enter the field as teachers in child care centers, instructors in Head Start programs, instructional aides, and more. They are also prepared to continue on in their journeys to become certified teachers. Credits may be transferred to complete a Pennsylvania Department of Education teacher certification program at a range of qualifying colleges.

Student Success Story
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Emma Howell Physical Therapist Assistant Graduated: May 2017

Inspired by many people, Emma Howell found selecting a few difficult. Emma’s parents demonstrated selfless living, loving God, sacrifice, and hard work. They encouraged giving your best and depending on God. Emma’s siblings inspired her in handling life’s challenges. Emma’s interest in physical therapy developed during treatment for chronic knee issues. It grew when Physical Therapist Scott Voshell allowed her to observe him working. Emma considered a military career, but everything pointed to PT. God opened the door and Emma knew this college and career were for her. Homeschooled, Emma found her fixed schedule difficult. She limited social outings and side jobs to focus on studies. Her biggest challenge? Keeping priorities straight. Assignments, tests, and practicals required attention and made meeting her commitments to serving Christ and her family difficult. After graduating and passing the boards, Emma hopes to work in a hospital or PT clinic, while pursuing her bachelor’s degree. She dreams of using PT in ministry.

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