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Early Childhood Education

The Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education is a two-year stand-alone program that will prepare individuals to work as a professional or paraprofessional in a PreK through grade four setting. This program will prepare students to enter into a Baccalaureate teacher preparation program with the intention to obtain teacher certification. Through the coursework and clinical experiences, students will develop a knowledge base of theory of the teaching and learning process. Students will develop an understanding of developmentally appropriate practices with young children. Throughout the two-year program, students will gain numerous clinical experiences working with preschool, kindergarten and primary grade children in a variety of settings.

Students must earn an overall 3.0 GPA, along with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all Early Childhood courses. Any student who has accrued 48 credit hours and intends on transferring to the Erie campus is required to participate in an Admission Review process. The student must meet the minimum requirements including: GPA of 3.0, completion of 6 college credits in Mathematics, completion of 6 college credits in English, PA Criminal Records Check (ACT 34 PA), PA Child Abuse Clearance (ACT 151 PA), TB test, FBI fingerprint check (ACT 114 FBI), Arrest/Conviction Report and Certification Form (ACT 24/82 – PDE Form 6004) and Mandated Reporter testing. In preparation for the Admission Review process, each student will prepare a portfolio showing evidence of items being completed.

The two-year program, students will gain numerous clinical experiences working with preschool, kindergarten and primary grade children in a variety of settings.

This associate degree program is designed to offer a smooth transition into a bachelor’s degree at Mercyhurst’s Erie campus. Credits should also transfer to other four-year institutions. Visit our Internal Transfer webpage to learn more about pursuing your bachelor’s degree at Mercyhurst's Erie Campus and potentially qualifying for $18,000 in transfer scholarships!

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