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Early Childhood Education

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Degree Details

Offered as: Associate

Program Highlights

  • 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
  • Minor Available

Why Study Early Childhood Education at Mount Aloysius College?

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.

What do Early Childhood Education graduates do?

The saying that ‘children are the future’ holds true. As an early childhood educator, you’ll have the ability to shape the future by teaching children the fundamentals on which their entire educational career is built.

Possible Careers

Graduates from this program go on to touch thousands of lives, here are some examples of where they teach:

  • Tutor
  • Teacher (with completion of bachelor’s program)
  • Employment at alternative classrooms
  • Head Start and Pre-K
  • Support Services e.g., Pathways to Independence

Are there job openings? How much will I make?

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.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics

Who will teach me?

The Education department is comprised of full-time faculty who hold doctorate degrees in their disciplines. Bringing their varied educational backgrounds into the classroom, students are provided with extensive knowledge of the early childhood education field.

Dig Deeper!

Available Concentrations and Specializations
Available concentrations and specializations in the Early Childhood Education program includes:

  • An associate degree in Early Childhood Education for working in child care, Head Start, and Pre-K Counts classrooms
Internship Opportunities

The Associate Degree has a practicum. Junior students tutor students in math and or reading as part of coursework. Student teaching and tutoring placements occur in local schools and child care centers.

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Meet Our Department!

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Marilyn Roseman
Professor of Early Childhood Education/ Department Chairperson, Education and Sign Language
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Sara Rutledge
Professor of Education
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Paul Gallagher
Fieldwork Coordinator

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