• Early Childhood Care & Education

    PA Department of Labor High Priority Occupation!
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    The demand for early childcare professionals with professional degrees and industry-recognized credentials is rapidly growing. Being good with kids can turn into a career in the Early Childhood Care & Education program, which prepares students to earn their Child Development Associate (CDA) national credential.
     
    Sample Career Skills
     
    Beginner:
    • Explore basic health, safety issues and the general developmental of children
    • Gain exposure to the different types of childcare programs through theory and field experience
    Intermediate:
    • Identify typical behaviors/milestones seen in children at specific ages
    • Learn how to write and prepare lesson plans
    Advanced:
    • Plan and present a lesson plan to a preschool classroom
    • Complete a nationally-recognized Child Development Associate (CDA) portfolio
     
  • Certifications

    Child Development Associate (CDA-Ready)
     
    CPR/First Aid Certificate
     
    Pennsylvania Skills Certificate
     
     

    College Credits

    Open Dual Enrollment Credits
    Delaware County Community College
     
    SOAR Credits
    Harcum College
    Manor College
    Montgomery County Community College
    Pennsylvania College of Technology
    Reading Area Community College
     
    1:1 Articulation Credits
    Harcum College
     
    Click here for more information on opportunities to earn college credit.
     
     

    Workplace Opportunities

    Upperclassmen may be hired at local companies, such as ABC Early Learning Center, Stepping Stone Education Center, Phoenixville YMCA and Ducklings Learning Center. Co-ops allow students to work during their school day, earn real-world experience and build their resumes.
     
     
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    The Department of Education provides a CIP Code to approved Programs of Study (POS).  Schools and postsecondary institutions use the CIP code to categorize the POS, outline the scope and sequence of educational offerings and develop a POS task list. Review the task list.  
Last Modified on September 20, 2019