Department website: https://www.dccc.edu/early-childhood-education
The Early Childhood Education program of study prepares students to work with young children in a variety of early care and education settings. Graduates will be able to provide high quality educational environments that are inclusive of all children ages birth to 9. They will gain the necessary knowledge and skills to provide a developmentally appropriate, culturally responsive and inclusive early learning experience.
At the completion of this degree, students are prepared to enter the early care and education workforce. Opportunities include working in childcare, young school age childcare, nursery schools and as teacher’s aides in public schools.
This program of study also serves as a transfer pathway to earn teacher certification, Pre-kindergarten through 4th grade. Students wishing to earn teacher certification must transfer to a 4 year institution to earn a Bachelor’s degree, Prekindergarten through 4th grade.
All students will be required to have Pennsylvania Child Abuse Clearance, Pennsylvania Criminal Clearance, FBI clearance and documentation of current immunizations and TB screening. The results of the background clearances could have an impact on the student’s ability to continue in the degree. There are additional fees to obtaining clearances and students may have to get their clearances renewed.
Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:
- Promote child development and learning (NAEYC Standard 1)
- Develop strategies for building family and community relationships (NAEYC Standard 2)
- Observe, document and assess to support young children and families (NAEYC Standard 3)
- Use developmentally effective approaches for teaching and learning. (NAEYC Standard 4)
- Use content knowledge to build meaningful curriculum. (NAEYC Standard 5)
- Act as an early childhood education professional. (NAEYC Standard 6)
The College Transfer Office is set up to help Delaware County Community College students transfer to four-year colleges and universities. If you are planning to transfer, you are strongly encouraged to meet with a transfer advisor within your first two semesters (or before you reach 30 transferable college credits from all institutions attended).
|ENG 100||English Composition I||3|
|ECE 100||Principles of Early Childhood Education||3|
|ECE 112||Developing a Professional Portfolio and Resource File for ECE||1|
|ECE 130||Early Childhood Development||3|
or HIS 120
|American History I
or American History II
or COMM 111
or Public Speaking
|ENG 112||English Composition II: Writing About Literature||3|
|ECE 140||Integrated Curriculum and Assessment||3|
or EDU 215
|Early Childhood Education Laboratory I
or Primary Grade Lab and Seminar
|Science Elective: Any transferable Scientific Inquiry designated BIO, CHE, ESS or PHY course||4|
|EDU 220||Introduction to Special Education||3|
|ECE 110||Infant/Toddler Care and Education||3|
|ECE 111||Methods and Materials for Teaching||3|
|MAT 125||Mathematics for Teachers of Children I||3|
|ENG 250||Children's Literature||3|
|ECE 201||Children Families and Community||3|
|ECE 121||Early Childhood Education Laboratory II||4|
|EDU 208||English Language Learners||3|
|MAT 126||Mathematics for Teachers of Children II||3|
|Humanities/BCSS/Laboratory Science Elective (ENG, COMM, DPR, HUM, POL, ART, MUS, DRA, PHI, SOC, SPA, SWO or Laboratory Science)||3-4|
Any transferable Scientific Inquiry designated BIO, CHE, ESS or PHY course
Early Childhood Education, AA coursework is offered 100% online*.
Some online courses have field requirements or in person/proctored testing. Online courses with these requirements have additional information posted under the COURSE DESCRIPTION section when you are registering. Please make a note of it during registration.
The Early Childhood Education program at Delaware County Community College is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, www.naeyc.org. The accreditation term runs from March, 2017 through March, 2024.
Number of Program Completers1
Academic YR #Student %FT %PT
2016-2017 50 46% 54%
2017-2018 44 52% 48%
2018-2019 58 40% 60%
Program Completion Rate2
Academic YR 3-Year 4-Year
2013 20.8% 25.0%
2014 15.6% 22.2%
2015 19.5% 25.9%
Number(#) and Percentage(%) of program compeleters who were attending part-time or full-time, by Academic Year of completion.
Percentage (%) of students who completed within 3 years, 4 years, by the Academic Year in which a Fall cohort of full-time students enrolled at the institution.