Early Childhood Education

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Offered as: Associate

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Children ask lots of questions about lots of subjects. At Mount Aloysius College, we understand children (and teachers too).

We know you will need a broad knowledge base in order to answer a child’s endless questions and to create instructive and engaging activities for young, developing minds.

At Mount Aloysius College, our Early Childhood Education Program offers balance. You will be exposed to both general education courses and classes that provide student teachers with skills and information needed for this rewarding and vital profession.

The Children’s Advocacy Association, a student organization, helps our Early Childhood Education students reaffirm their commitment to children and the profession.

The Ann Harris Child Care Center, centrally located on our campus, is a nationally accredited child care center. It is readily accessible for students to observe and participate with young children and experienced teachers.

At Mount Aloysius College, students are immediately involved with children in practical exercises. This will help you make accurate decisions about your exciting career choice of becoming a teacher.

At Mount Aloysius College, you matter. Our class sizes are small, providing ample opportunities for building strong relationships with your instructors.

Altoona Location

The Altoona location of the Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education is offered through the Graduate and Continuing Education Office.  The program  is designed to help the working professional gain the expertise necessary to progress in his\her career and to help those individuals desiring only additional coursework in early childhood education in order to meet professional certification requirements.  The program is offered in a blended format with classes offered in the evenings on our main campus in Cresson, PA and in Altoona, PA with several courses offered in an 8 week accelerated and online.

Program Highlights:

  • Convenient course offerings in the evenings and online with several courses offered in an
    accelerated 8 week format.
  • Solid foundation in the fundamentals of early childhood education and the liberal arts.
  • Graduates are prepared for immediate entry into the workforce or further college work.

Admission Requirements:

  • An application with a $30 application fee.
  • Official high school transcript or GED diploma.
  • Official college transcripts from all colleges/universities attended, if applicable.
  • Official SAT scores.
  • Accuplacer Exam, if applicable

Applicants who have taken the SAT are required to have a minimum score of 1000 using the combined scores of critical reading and math only. If a student falls below the 1000 combined score he\she will be required to take the Accuplacer exam.  Applicants who have not taken the SAT will be required to take the Accuplacer exam.

Mount Aloysius College will accept nine credits of major course requirements into this degree program for incoming applicants who hold a valid and current Child Development Associate (CDA) certificate.

Feel free to contact the Graduate and Continuing Education at 814-886-6406 or gce@mtaloy.edu for additional information.


Student Success Profile

"What makes the Early Childhood/Elementary Education program at Mount Aloysius College so great are the experiences that are provided for the students as future educators. The program is so well balanced between providing us as students with hands on experiences that prepare us for our futures as well as preparing us with all of the background knowledge that is necessary in being an effective teacher. It is clear that this program was founded upon the four core values of this institution. The professors are all extremely caring and want to help students develop both as teachers and as individuals. They are welcoming of students and try to help in any way possible. Most importantly we are provided with hands on experiences in and out of the classroom through the various service opportunities that we are given" Liz Hogue, Class of ‘12

Meet the Early Childhood Education Department!

Marilyn Roseman
Professor of Early Childhood Education/ Department Chairperson, Education and Sign Language
Sara Rutledge
Associate Professor of Early Childhood and Elementary Education
Devorah Bozella
Assistant Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education



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