Early Childhood Education (PK-4) | Albright College

Early Childhood Education (PK-4)

High quality early childhood education represents one of the best investments our country can make (NEA).  The emotional and physical health, social skills, and cognitive-linguistic capacities that emerge in the early years are all important prerequisites for success in school and later in the workplace and community (Harvard Center on the Developing Child).  Science is changing the way we think about development policy and practice when it comes to young children, radically altering our definition of early childhood development and what we do to ensure that every child has the best start in life (UNICEF).  That’s why it’s critical to assure the availability of stable, responsive relationships, growth-promoting experiences, and healthy environments for all young children – essential requirements for building sturdy brain architecture and promoting resilience.

Albright College Early Childhood Education Program has a history of preparing outstanding early childhood educators who

    • learn critical tools to support the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of young children;
    • become facilitators of active learning in developmentally appropriate environments;
    • implement research-based curriculum and instruction;
    • make data-driven decisions through assessment;
    • build relationships with families and communities;
    • exude professionalism, including ethical decision-making.

Are you ready to inspire the next generation of students?  Do you want to learn to be an effective teacher of younger students?  If you have a passion for helping children to learn and develop new skills, the Early Childhood Education (PK-4) Program at Albright College may be a great fit for you.

    • Combining classroom and practical experiences, the early childhood education major offers the strong foundation you need to understand the developmental and educational needs of young children.
    • Emphasis is placed on working with young children and their families. You will apply classroom knowledge of child development, families and best teaching practices to a variety of educational settings including public school kindergarten and primary programs, preschool programs, Head Start, childcare, parenting and family support programs.
    • The Albright Early Learning Center is a NAEYC accredited early childhood learning facility (Infant Care – Kindergarten) where certified teachers will mentor you as you develop your teaching skills.
    • Partnering with Muhlenberg, Fleetwood, Wilson, Boyertown and Governor Mifflin School Districts, Albright’s ECE Program provides field experiences in urban, suburban, and rural locations.
    • At Albright, the PK-4 educator candidate combines a study of a liberal studies discipline with the study of early childhood education, earning the benefits of a liberal arts education. You can select from more than 20 possible co-majors to enrich your teaching preparation.

Advisers will work with you to individually plan your course selection and completion of requirements for PA teaching certification, licensing you to teach in pre-school childcare facilities as well as in public school from PK through grade four.

Early Childhood Co-Majors

ECE with Accounting
ECE with Art
ECE with Arts Management
ECE with Communications
ECE with Criminology
ECE with Economics
ECE with English
ECE with Environmental Studies
ECE with Family Studies
ECE with Fashion
ECE with History
ECE with Latin American Studies
ECE with Math
ECE with Music Industry Studies
ECE with Political Science
ECE with Psychology
ECE with Religious Studies or Philosophy
ECE with Sociology
ECE with Spanish or French
ECE with Theatre
ECE with Women’s Studies