Do you envision working with children for your career? Do you enjoy explaining concepts and nurturing young minds? Our Early Care and Education program can provide the foundation you need for a career in this rewarding field. After completing our program and earning your associate degree, you will be prepared to obtain a job caring for and educating children up to nine years in age in childcare centers or after- school programs. Our program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
Our program prepares you to enter the workforce to care for and educate children from birth to nine years of age in childcare setting. Once you complete our program, you can pursue a career in a childcare or school-age care program as:
After graduating from our program, you can enter the workforce on level V of the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) career framework (pdf). To pursue a Pennsylvania teaching certificate, you must obtain a bachelor’s degree first. Please see our Early Childhood-Elementary Education Program for more information about transfer options and pursuing a teaching certificate.
With additional hours of experience with children, you can advance to become a lead teacher, group supervisor or a center director.
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Our curriculum involves both field experiences and classroom observations through placement in one of many childcare centers. You must obtain the following clearance requirements, at your own expense, prior to enrolling into EDUC 111:
Please note that these clearances are to be updated annually. If you have any questions about these requirements, please contact our clearance and placement coordinator Jen Myers.
In conjunction with the National Association for the Education of Young Children's (NAEYC) standards, our professors will teach you how to:
Yes! Although our program is designed to lead you directly into the workforce, there are transfer opportunities should you wish to continue your education by pursuing your bachelor’s degree. Our programs are flexible enough to transfer to a wide variety of colleges and universities with no loss of credit. However, each individual college has its own unique program. We encourage you to select a four-year school as soon as possible so that you may be aware of the transfer college’s program requirements in order for you to take the proper courses at HACC. As an Early Care and Education program student, you are eligible to transfer to:
Yes! Through the HACC Foundation, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships to assist you in achieving your education goals. There are approximately 200 scholarships available.
You can complete spring, summer and fall classes at HACC. Submit your application anytime by visiting our website. When you submit your application, make sure to include the specific program code 5506. By using this code, you will ensure you are applying for the correct program.