Education - Early Childhood Education: Infant to Grade 4

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Degree awarded: Associate in Applied Science;
Certificate and Specialized Diplomas conferred

Program Narrative
Teaching young children is rewarding and inspiring!  Our highly qualified faculty prepares students to be effective teachers of children aged infant to nine years. Graduates may transfer seamlessly to four-year institutions or immediately enter the early care and education profession.

Graduates who transfer within Pennsylvania may enter a four-year institution at the junior level where they will earn a baccalaureate degree and Pre-K to Grade 4 Pennsylvania certification required to teach pre-kindergarten to grade four in public and private schools. 

Graduates who enter the early care and education profession are qualified to work as lead teachers in child care centers, Head Start programs, nursery schools, and assistant teachers in pre-kindergarten classrooms.  With experience and additional education, graduates may be employed as program directors.

Program Features
NCC’s Early Childhood program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.  The entire program is available both on the Bethlehem and Monroe campuses, and online. English Language Learner (ELL) competencies are introduced in three courses and integrated in other early childhood courses.  Knowledge and skills related to cultural, linguistic, ability diversity are also embedded in all courses.  Observational and supervised field experiences with children from infancy through age nine occur in accredited campus lab schools, students’ work-site classrooms and/or approved off-campus locations.  As part of the field experience, students taking courses online are required to submit video documentation of their teaching.  Students need access to digital video and still cameras.

View Gainful Employment information on the Early Childhood Education certificate.

The arts are included across all courses as symbol systems used to represent, express and construct meaning and understanding. The program’s conceptual framework, Art as a Way of Learning®, was developed in partnership with Crayola LLC.

Proof of current health and criminal record clearances are required prior to enrolling in a course. 

Program Outcomes
Graduates of the program will:

  • Promoting Child Development and Learning: Students use evidence based knowledge of child development and learning to understand that each child's learning and development is unique based on cultural, linguistic, and ability diversity as well as other interacting influences to create safe, healthy, respectful and inclusive learning environments that provide responsive, developmentally appropriate arts integrated learning opportunities.
  • Building Family and Community Relationships: Students use evidence based knowledge to understand complex and diverse characteristics of families and communities using multiple perspectives to support each child's development and learning through collaborative relationships.
  • Observing, Documenting, and Assessing to Support Young Children and Families: Students use evidence based knowledge about systematic observation and the goals, benefits, and appropriate uses of assessment in partnership with families and other professionals to understand and make decisions about environments, curriculum, and interactions to support each child's development and learning.
  • Using Developmentally Effective Approaches: Students use evidence based knowledge to understand and build positive relationships and supportive interactions as the foundation for their work with children and families. Students apply arts integrated and developmentally appropriate approaches and Universal Design for Learning to support each child's development and learning.
  • Using Content to Build Meaningful Curriculum: Students use evidence based knowledge of subject areas, Universal Design for Learning, inquiry tools, and resources to design, implement, and evaluate curriculum and experiences to support each child's development and learning.
  • Becoming a Professional: Students use evidence based knowledge of ethical guidelines and professional standards. They engage in continuous, collaborative learning and demonstrate knowledgeable, reflective, and critical perspectives o make informed decisions about advocating for sound practices and policies in early education.

Early Childhood Education: Infant to Grade 4,
Associate in Applied Science

Course Code Course Title
Credits
Semester One
EARL 106 Early Childhood Development and Learning
3
EARL 107 Observation and Assessment in Early Childhood
3
CMTH 102 Speech Communication
3
ENGL 101C English I
3
SOCA 103 or Principles of Sociology or
SOCA 102 Cultural Anthropology (ESU Required)
3
15
Semester Two
EARL 126 Arts in Early Childhood
3
EARL 128 Infant-Toddler Development and Learning
3
ENGL 151L English II (Literature)
3
ARTA 100 or Art and Visual Thinking (AH) or
3
CMTH 110 or Introduction to the Theatre, or
MUSC 101 or Introduction to Music or
DANC 101 Dance History
SPED 160 Introduction to Special Education
3
15
Semester Three
EARL 208 Math in Early Childhood
3
EARL 216 Language and Literacy in Early Childhood
3
EARL 217 Child, Family and Community
3
MATH 118 Foundations of Mathematics I
3

GEOG 101 or
HIST 113 or
HIST163

World Geography or
American History I or
American History II

3
15
Semester Four
EARL 218 Science in Early Childhood
3
EARL 244 Early Childhood Profession
3
EARL 263G Internship - Early Childhood
3
MATH 119 Foundations of Mathematics II
3
BIOS 105 Contemporary Biology
4
16
Total Credits
61

  • EDUC 105 is highly recommended for students who are transferring.
  • Computer competencies are included in various courses in the program.

Early Childhood Education: Infant to Grade 4,
Certificate

Course Code Course Title
Credits
EARL 106 Early Childhood Development and Learning
3
EARL 107 Observation and Assessment in Early Childhood
3
EARL 126 Arts in Early Childhood
3
EARL 128 Infant-Toddler Development and Learning
3
EARL 208 Math in Early Childhood
3
EARL 216 Language and Literacy in Early Childhood
3
EARL 217 Child, Family and Communities
3
EARL 218 Science in Early Childhood
3
EARL 244 Early Childhood Profession
3
EARL 263G Internship - Early Childhood
3
ENGL 101C English I
3
GEOG 101 or World Geography or

3

HIST 113 or American History I or
HIST 163 American History II
Total Credits
36


Child Development Associate (CDA),
Specialized Diploma

There are Specialized Diploma options that prepare you for the Child Development Associate (CDA) of your choice. The CDA is the nationally recognized credential awarded by the Council for Professional Recognition and provides entry into the early childhood profession. Upon satisfactory completion of a CDA Specialized Diploma you are prepared to apply to the Council for your assessment and receive 9 credits toward an Early Childhood Associate Degree. This program is offered on campus and online (eCDA). The online program is an innovative, interactive eCDA offered in partnership with Teaching Strategies, Inc. Check with an admission counselor before enrollment.

Course Code Course Title
Credits
EARL 106 Early Childhood Development and Learning
3
EARL 217 Child, Family and Community
3
EARL 244 Early Childhood Profession
3
Total Credits
9


Infant-Toddler Child Development Associate (CDA),
Specialized Diploma

Course Code Course Title
Credits
EARL 106 Early Childhood Development and Learning
3
EARL 128 Infant-Toddler Development and Learning
3
EARL 244 Early Childhood Profession
3
Total Credits
9


School-Age Child Care,
Specialized Diploma
This diploma is offered via the College Online Learning web based program.

Course Code Course Title
Credits
EARL 102 Introduction to School Age Child Care
3
EARL 103 Society and the School Age Child
3
EARL 104 School Age Child Care Professional
3
Total Credits
9


Leadership for Early Childhood Program Directors,
Specialized Diploma

Course Code Course Title
Credits
EARL 231 Organization and Administration of Early Childhood Programs
3
EARL 232 Leadership Seminar in Early Childhood Education
3
BUSA 101 Introduction to Business
3
Total Credits
9


Program prerequisite: 15 credits in Early Childhood/Child Development course work or department approval.

Career Potential: Preschool Teacher, Group Supervisor, Program Director, Classroom Assistants


NCC students transfer to: East Stroudsburg University, Bloomsburg University, Lock Haven University, Shippensburg University, DeSales University, Keystone College

Students are employed: Head Start, Child Care Centers, Family Child Care, School Districts

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