Early Childhood Education

CIP: 19.0708

Training a New Generation of Teachers

The Early Childhood Education (ECE) program prepares students to work with young children in a variety of settings that require an understanding of how children grow, learn and develop. The curriculum is aligned with the National Child Care Association’s core of 15 “Professional Abilities.” Field experience and practicum provide opportunities to become involved in actual work with children. The program also prepares students for as a Child Development Associate (CDA) certification.

ECE students operate the Tot Stop Early Childhood Center, an on-site program that serves as a first school experience for three to five-year-old children. The student teachers plan, prepare and perform all aspects of this three-day- a-week program. Early Childhood Education prepares students to enter the workforce or continue their education in career areas related to childcare and guidance.


Early Childhood Education

Instructor: Erin Sparacio
Location: Folcroft Campus

Successful Students Need:

College Prep English, Writing skills, Algebra l & ll, Biology, Psychology, Creative Arts, Active Listening, Public Speaking, Instructing Skills, Social Perceptiveness, Critical Thinking, Learning Strategies

Career Opportunities:

  • Paraprofessional
  • Pediatric Aide
  • Recreation staff/Camp Counselor
  • Teaching Assistant

with 4-year college degree and further certification

  • Early Elementary School Teacher (Pre-K-4 cert)
  • Preschool Director
  • Special Education Teacher

with professional degrees: masters, doctorate

  • Curriculum Developer, Education Administrator


  • Child Development Associate (CDA)
  • Infant and Child CPR
  • PA Skills Certificate

Advanced Credits: