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Degrees type: Associate
Children ask lots of questions about a wide variety of topics. 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.
Hands-on experience with on-campus child care facility
- 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 from this program go on to touch thousands of lives, here are some examples of where they teach:
- Teacher (with completion of bachelor’s program)
- Employment at alternative classrooms
- Head Start and Pre-K
- Support Services e.g., Pathways to Independence
- EDUC 119 – Aesthetic Experiences for Young Children 3 Credits
- EDUC 203 – Psychology of Infant Development 3 Credits
- PSYC 203 – Psychology of Infant Development 3 Credits
- EDUC 206 – Psychology of Exceptional Children 3 Credits
- PSYC 206 – Psychology of Exceptional Children 3 Credits
- EDUC 213 – Basics of Early Childhood Education 3 Credits
- EDUC 225 – Child and Adolescent Development for Educators 3 Credits
- EDUC 251 – Emergent Literacy 3 Credits
- EDUC 275 – ECE Practicum 3 Credit
- EDUC 290 – Health, Nutrition, and Physical Fitness in ECE 2 Credits
- PSYC 221 – Educational Psychology 3 Credits
The demand for Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers is expected to rise 6% from 2014 to 2024, an increase of 87,800 jobs.
The average median wage for a kindergarten teacher excluding special education) in the state of Pennsylvania is $52,790. The average median wage for an elementary school teacher (excluding special education) in the state of Pennsylvania is $61,730.
Graduates from the program will:
- use their knowledge of the liberal arts to engage students in a curriculum that values life-long learning, and that engages the whole child in all facets of learning including creativity, inquiry, and reflection;
- use effective communication strategies when interacting with various audiences such as students, parents, and other professionals;
- base teaching and learning strategies on child development theories and best practices;
- possess a knowledge of technology as an educational resource, an instructional tool, and as a curriculum component;
- use effective methodology in developing instructional plans that include active engagement in learning, problem solving, critical thinking, and inquiry;
- use differentiated instruction to address the learning needs of a diverse student population including English Language Learners;
- demonstrate the use of informal and formal assessment strategies;
- engage in professional development including scholarly research and writing and innovative and reflective practice that leads to lifelong learning;
- demonstrate a passion for learning and teaching that includes advocacy for students and the profession, service to others, and professional collaboration; and
- be able to gain certification in her or his area of study and gain an entry level position in an educational setting and/or pursue graduate study.
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Classroom to Classroom
Rachel Wagner passes on the lessons and values of MAC’s professors to her own students in the Altoona Area School District!