Early Childhood Education

15 months, 1590 hours

The Early Childhood Education program is designed to train and prepare students for employment in the early learning field and provides the foundation for study in higher education. Students in this program gain daily practical experience in the on-site child care school.

Students study all phases of child development: physical, social, emotional and intellectual. The curriculum focuses on the following topics: establishing and maintaining a safe, healthy learning environment; advance physical and intellectual competence; supporting social and emotional development and providing positive guidance; establishing positive and productive relationships with families; ensuring a well-run, purposeful program responsive to children’s needs; and maintaining professionalism. Each student works independently with a combination of learning strategies used to enhance the student’s growth.

Graduates of this program are well prepared for a variety of careers working with children including employment in day care centers, nursery schools, elementary schools, Head Start classes, playgrounds, recreation centers and early childhood education centers. A student graduating in this program can qualify as an assistant group supervisor in child day care centers throughout Pennsylvania.

Industry Certifications:

  • Child Development Associate (CDA)-Ready Certificate
  • First Aid, Infant and Child CPR
  • OSHA/CareerSafe 10-Hour Certification


Required/Optional Items
Purchased through

Required Items
Purchase from any Vendor

Required Footwear

Required Safety Gear

One Shirt (Any Style Listed)
· Burgundy Short Sleeve Polo Shirt with BCTC Logo
· Burgundy Long Sleeve Polo Shirt with BCTC LogoOPTIONAL:
· Burgundy Sweatshirt with BCTC Logo 
Khaki pants – proper fitting and no holes Comfortable closed-toe shoes. N/A



PLEASE NOTE: No textbook is required for this program. Program instructor will provide all needed details at New Student Orientation.

Tool / Supply / Protective Equipment

Quantity Needed Level 1, 2, or 3 Approximate Cost Suggested Vendor
Footwear Requirement: Closed toed, comfortable shoes for all kinds of weather 1 pair Levels 1, 2, & 3 TBD Any store
2”, 3-Ring Binder 1 Levels 1, 2, & 3 $10.00 Walmart
ACE Early Childhood

Program Entrance Recommendations:

  • Emotional Maturity
    • Students will be working directly with preschool age children and must demonstrate respect and self control at all times.
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Algebra I or Geometry
  • Problem-solving / troubleshooting skills
  • Ability to work independently and in a team
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Artistic ability / creativity

Career Pathways:

  • Preschool Instructor (not specialized)
  • Child Care Worker
  • Teacher Assistant
  • Personal & Home Care Aide
  • Recreation Worker