Pre K-4 Early Education

Transfer Major

Decisions on the transferability of courses are made by the four-year colleges and differ from school to school. Students enrolled in this major should contact the Transfer Services Office early in their academic program to determine which courses will transfer to the college of their choice.

Department of Social & Behavioral Science
Founders 210A • Phone (215) 968-8270
Curriculum Code No.4192

The goals of the Early Childhood/Elementary Education Pre K-4 major are to:

  • provide a teacher education program with an emphasis in the theory and practice in the Pre K-4 setting in accordance with the framework and program guidelines provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and NAEYC;
  • prepare students for transfer to institutions offering bachelor's degree programs in Elementary Education Pre K-4 and Special Education by acquiring knowledge of educational theories and practices, through use of interpersonal skills, collaborative skills and field experiences in an educational setting; and
  • prepare students to enter the workforce in day care and other early childhood career paths.

Graduates of this program are able to:

  • apply their knowledge of educational theories, principles and competencies that are appropriate to the Pre K-4 setting;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the characteristics of an effective educator; and
  • determine adaptations, accommodations, and cognitive development of diverse students in an inclusive setting.

Degree Course Requirements

Course Credits
BIOL101
Biological Science I E,1
4
COMM110
Effective Speaking 4
3
COMP110
English Composition I A,D,E,2
3
COMP111
English Composition II D,E,3
3
PSYC110
Introduction to Psychology E,6
3
MATH102
Math Concepts for Educators I A,1
3
MATH105
Math Concepts for Educators II A,1
3
EDUC105
Foundations for Early Learning Pre K-4 E,F,G
3
EDUC115
Observing and Recording the Behavior of Young Children F,G
3
EDUC120
Early Learning and Development I - Ages birth - 5 F,G
3
EDUC130
Early Learning and Development II - Adolescence F,G
3
EDUC150
Math & Science Experiences for Young Children
3
EDUC160
Introduction to Exceptionalities F,G
3
EDUC170
Language and Literacy Development in Early Childhood: Birth through five years F,G
3
EDUC200
Integrated Art, Movement and Play F,G
3
Personal Health Elective 5 2
Cultural Perspective B 3
INTG285
Integration of Knowledge C,E,7
3

Transfer Track

Course Credits
Education Elective H 3
Literature Elective I 3
EDUC205
Fieldwork, Observation/Assessment in Education I [Special Education/Autism emphasis] E,F,G
3
OR
EDUC206
Fieldwork, Observation/Assessment in Education II [PreK-4] E,F,G
3

Career Track

Course Credits
LITR246
Children's Literature
3
EDUC220
Practicum in Education F,G,J
6
Total Credit Hours 63

Recommended Semester Sequence

The recommended course sequence is designed for full-time students who average 15 credit hours per semester. Students may need more time to complete major requirements based on placement testing. This additional time will entail some adjustments to the sequence recommended.

First Semester

Course Credits
COMM110
Effective Speaking 4
3
COMP110
English Composition I A,D,E,2
3
PSYC110
Introduction to Psychology E,6
3
EDUC105
Foundations of Early Learning PreK-4 E,F,G
3
EDUC120
Early Learning and Development I - Ages birth -5 F,G
3
Total Credit Hours 15

Second Semester

Course Credits
COMP111
English Composition II D,E,2
3
EDUC130
Early Learning and Development II F,G
3
EDUC160
Introduction to Exceptionalities F,G
3
EDUC150
Science and Math Experiences for Young Children
3
MATH102
Math Concepts for Educators I A,1
3
Personal Health Elective 5 2
Total Credit Hours 17

Third Semester

Course Credits
BIOL101
Biological Science I E,1
4
EDUC115
Observing and Recording the Behavior of Young Children F,G
3
EDUC170
Language and Literacy Development in Early Childhood: Birth through five years F,G
3
EDUC200
Integrated Art, Movement and Play F,G
3
MATH105
Math Concepts for Educators II A,1
3
Total Credit Hours 16

Fourth Semester

Course Credits
Cultural Perspectives B 3
INTG285
Integration of Knowledge C,E,7
3

Transfer Major:

Course Credits
Education Elective H 3
Literature Elective I 3
EDUC205
Fieldwork, Observation/Assessment in Education I [Special Education/Autism emphasis] E,F,G
3
OR
EDUC206
Fieldwork, Observation/Assessment in Education II [PreK-4] E,F,G
3

Career Major:

Course Credits
LITR246
Children's Literature
3
EDUC220
Practicum in Education F,G,J
6
Total Credit Hours 15

A Placement testing required.
B Any of the following may be chosen: HIST151, HIST152.
C Any INTG course may be chosen.
D Pre-college level courses do not meet this requirement.
E Course requires prerequisite.
F Field experience component
G PA clearances required
H Suggested electives: EDUC144, EDUC155, PSYC190. Check with transfer institution or Education Advisor.
I Transfer track check Literature requirement with transfer institution
J This course is for the Career Path track only

1 Satisfies College level Mathematics or Science.
2 Satisfies College Writing Level I.
3 Satisfies College Writing Level II.
4 Satisfies Creative Expression.
5 Satisfies Personal Health.
6 Satisfies Social Perspectives.
7 Satisfies Writing Intensive requirement.

Students who do not seek the Associate of Arts Degree may earn the legend, "Major Requirements Satisfied", on their transcripts by successfully completing all the courses listed in the major except three credits of music elective, six credits of cultural perspectives, three credits of literature electives, three credits in integration of knowledge and nine credits of electives.

Credits exceeding the required minimum cannot be used to satisfy required credits in other course requirements.