The Associate degree in Early Childhood Education from PennWest Global Online is perfect for students working full time. This program is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions through the construction of knowledge, skills and dispositions related to child development and the importance of early care and education.
Within the courses students will take, there is an emphasis on ethical conduct, culturally responsive teaching and community advocacy. The Early Childhood Education coursework is grounded in the theoretical perspectives and research of theorists such as John Bowlby, Lev Vygotsky, Urie Bronfenbenner and Alfred Adler.
The Associate degree in Early Childhood Education is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
PennWest University has agreements with 70 school districts in Western PA and one district in Florida for students’ semester of student teaching as well as international student teaching possibilities.
We host a chapter of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) on campus as well as a chapter of the Student PA State Education Association (SPSEA). Students are encouraged to get involved in these organizations.
Growth in kindergarten and elementary school teacher position expected through 2030 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics
Having a degree in Early Childhood Education from PennWest will not only enhance your skills but boost your marketability in a fast-growing field.
While the majority of PennWest education graduates find employment within the commonwealth, the high standards required to earn a Pennsylvania teaching certification make it highly portable to other states.
The skills and knowledge integrated into the Early Childhood Education program prepares graduates to move into fields that combine content knowledge, leadership, interpersonal and organizational skills.
When students graduate with their Associate degree in Early Childhood Education, they will be able to:
PennWest’s three campuses, California, Clarion and Edinboro universities, have been delivering award-winning online programs for more than 20 years. You’ll graduate with a degree from Pennsylvania Western University, completely supported by the expertise and community of learners on our brick-and-mortar campuses.