Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education spans pre-kindergarten through fourth grade, and it’s a field currently experiencing rapid change and growth in job opportunities. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of kindergarten and elementary school teachers is expected to grow by 17 percent from 2010 to 2020.

The Early Childhood Education program will help you develop the necessary skills in observing and assessing young children and in planning developmentally appropriate curriculum in all subject areas. Courses are aligned with standards from the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Manor’s Early Childhood Program allows students to earn an A.A. in Early Childhood Education with a focus on children aged birth-9 years, qualifying the student for the following positions in the field:

With an associate degree in Early Childhood Education from Manor College, you can qualify for the following positions in the field:

  • Child Care Centers, as…
    Director (with your degree and three years’ experience), or Group Supervisor (with your degree and two years’ experience)
  • Group Child Care Center, as…
    Primary staff person (with proper facility licensure)
  • Family Child Care Centers, as…
    Owner/Operator (with proper facility licensure)
  • Home Visitor, as…
    Primary staff person as part of a Head Start or Early Head Start program, providing services to children in the home

The Early Childhood Education program is a good choice if you plan to transfer after graduation to a four-year institution for your bachelor’s degree. With this credential, you could work in an elementary school and teach any grade from kindergarten through fourth.

Program Goals

Course Sequence for Early Childhood Education

The Integrated Arts in Early Childhood class (ED210) — a core course for the Early Childhood Education program — provides students several days of “Studio Time,” allowing them to have a personal experience with using visual and 3-D art mediums, which helps students conceptualize how the mediums work and gives them an opportunity to discuss how they would use them with children.


Matt Ragan, a fall 2014 graduate, works diligently on completing a piggy-bank made of clay as part of his “Studio Time” in the ED210 course.

Roman Dzivinckyi is assisted in his clay work by Ropel Raja, who is helping Roman make a symbol from his homeland, Ukraine. Roman sustained injuries to his hands and arms during a rally for democracy earlier this year in Ukraine.

Matt Ragan working with oil paints and canvas.