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5501 Early Care and Education: Career Associate

Graduates of the Early Care and Education program are prepared to enter the workforce to care for and educate children, ages birth - 9 years, with in a variety of inclusive care and education programs. This program requires that all students obtain a current Pennsylvania Criminal Record Check (Act 34), Child Abuse History Clearance (Act 151), FBI Clearance, and a valid TB Skin Test to be eligible for the required field experiences. A student should consider these factors before enrolling into this program. Students looking to obtain a Pennsylvania teaching certificate must first obtain a baccalaureate degree in order to become eligible to pursue that certification. The complete program is available at all of HACC’s campuses.  Some of the required courses are available through Virtual Learning.

Graduates are prepared to enter the childcare workforce on Level V of the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) career lattice.

In conjunction with the National Association for the Education of Young Children's (NAEYC) standards, this curriculum is designed to prepare students to:

  • Use the theories and principles of child development in order to promote healthy and challenging learning environments
  • Observe and assess children's development and document their learning in order to develop appropriate curriculum and promote positive outcomes for each child
  • Use content knowledge to build meaningful curriculum
  • Use effective strategies to implement developmentally-appropriate teaching and learning
  • Support and involve families and communities in their children's development and learning
  • Practice the national standards for professionalism and ethics, as well as participate in continuous professional growth
  • Use legal and ethical standards to locate professional literature in print and/or electronic format in order to make research-based decisions that inform teaching practices
  • Prepare and maintain an electronic portfolio that documents personal growth, as well as scholastic professional achievement, throughout the course of the teacher preparation program from entry-point class to job search
  • Appreciate accomplishments in the arts and sciences
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