• Early Childhood Care & Education

    PA Department of Labor High Priority Occupation!
    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
    • 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
    • Identify typical behaviors/milestones seen in children at specific ages
    • Learn how to write and prepare lesson plans
    • Plan and present a lesson plan to a preschool classroom
    • Complete a nationally-recognized Child Development Associate (CDA) portfolio


  • Certifications (5)

    Child Development Associate (CDA-Ready) 
    CPR/First Aid Certificate
    Pennsylvania Skills Certificate 
    PSU Better Kid Care New Staff Orientation
    PSU Better Kid Care Health & Safety Training

    College Credits (3)


    Workplace Opportunities (4) 

    Some notable partners include: Flanagan’s Preschool, YMCA of Greater Brandywine, Downingtown East High School and more!
    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. Click here to review the task list.