Early Childhood Education
Classes begin Fall Sessions Annually
California University of Pennsylvania's Early Childhood Education program is a completely online graduate program for certified teachers in elementary, early childhood, or special education interested in gaining a master's degree or additional certification in ECE. In the program, graduate students apply knowledge of child development, families and best teaching practices to a variety of educational settings, including public schools preK to grade 4 primary programs, preschool programs, Head Start, child care, and parenting and family support programs.
Our program emphasizes a constructivist teaching philosophy that takes into consideration the prior knowledge and background of individual learners. The program is based on best practices, is performance-based and engages learners in research-based practices that will prepare them to work with children pre-K to fourth grade.
The Early Childhood Education program is accredited by:
Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP, formerly NCATE)
Aligned with the standards of National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
Approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education
- All courses are offered online and there is no requirement to attend campus.
- Students are members of a cohort group that works together via the web.
- All courses feature asynchronous delivery. Students who have internet access can participate in the course and complete assignments from anywhere, anytime.
- Advising is available via telephone or email.
- Program requirements can be completed successfully in five semesters, including summers.
Learn more about the two program options:
ECE Master's plus Certificate (33 credits minimum)-for individuals who desire a Master of Education degree while preparing to also seek certification in Early Childhood Education
ECE Master's Only (33 credits minimum)-for individuals who wish to earn a Master of Education degree but do not wish to pursue Early Childhood Education teaching certification.
ECE Certificate (24 credits minimum)-for individuals seeking Early Childhood Education teaching certification but do not intend to earn a master's degree.
Please Note: All students who will be seeking certification outside of Pennsylvania are responsible for securing and following the certification requirements in the state in which they intend to apply for certification.