Education in the Early Years: Birth Through Fourth Grade AA

The Education in the Early Years: Birth through Fourth Grade AA degree program prepares students for careers in early childhood education (child care, group and family child care, corporate child care, Head Start, early intervention, preschool, pre kindergarten programs) and also prepares students who intend to transfer to four-year colleges and universities. The program emphasizes child development beginning at birth. Students will be trained to work with children from birth through fourth grade.

This program prepares graduates to be teachers in child care settings, professionals in family child care facilities, or teachers at corporate child care sites. The program also prepares students who want to continue their education and earn bachelor’s degrees for transfer to four-year colleges.

Students who transfer with a grade point of average of 3.0 and pass the required reading, writing and math exams may be admitted to an Education program at a four-year institution. These programs may lead to PA certification to teach pre-kindergarten through fourth grade. The courses in this program include both general education courses as well as professional education courses related to the development and teaching of children through grade four. In the last semester of the program, students will student teach in an early childhood environment with an experienced teacher under the supervision of College faculty.

The program meets the competencies and requirements specified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Transfer Agreement Oversight Committee (TAOC) for seamless transfer to schools in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE).

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The Education in the Early Years: Birth through Fourth Grade degree program at Montgomery County Community College has earned Accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Commission on Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation. Additional information about the NAEYC Commission on Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation can be obtained by contacting the organization directly at 1313 L Street NW, Suite 500, Washington, D.C. 20005 | (202) 232-8777 | (800) 424-2460 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program students will be able to:

  • identify typical and atypical milestones in child development.
  • assess the appropriateness of early literacy opportunities in early childhood environments.
  • create curricula and environments that are cognitively, physically and social-emotionally appropriate for children’s ages and needs.
  • communicate effectively with young children, their parents, and peers.
  • design activities that promote positive school-family-community relationships.
  • collaborate with teachers to create learning opportunities that meet the needs of all students.


First Semester

EDU 100 Introduction to Education 3
HIS 203 or 205 US History 3
MAT 103 Foundations of Mathematics I 3
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
EDU 213
(15 Credit Hours)
Working with Special Needs Students 3

Second Semester

EDU 245 Connecting Families, Schools, and Communities 3
EDU 210 Teaching Young Children 3
SPC 120 Public Speaking 3
ENG 221 or 222 Literature of the Western World 3
MAT 104 Foundations of Math II 3
(18 Credit Hours)
See note below * 3

Third Semester

EDU 225 Guiding Children’s Reading 3
EDU 240 Teaching English Language Learners 3
PSY 200 Child Psychology 3
Elective Core Goal 8: Physical and Life Sciences **** 4
(16 Credit Hours)
See note below ** 3

Fourth Semester

EDU 250 Student Teaching 6
EDU 233 Early Childhood Curriculum 3
EDU Elective
(12 Credit Hours)
See note below *** 3


* Check with Transfer Institution and elective must be TAOC approved course. PSY 101, 206, or 210 recommended.
** Choose from ART 101, 102, 103, 111, 121, OR MUS 110.
*** Possible Education electives are Teaching with Technology (EDU 120), Infant and Toddler Development (EDU 114), Teaching Math (EDU 227), Children’s Literature (EDU 228), Teaching Science (EDU 229), Art for Young Children (EDU 226).
**** Students must choose from AST 120/PHY 120/GLG 121, BIO 120, BIO 121, CHE 121, CHE 131, PHY 121.

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