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Early Childhood Education


Students in the Early Childhood Education program are typically creative, energetic, and enjoy working with children. They learn how to develop and present lesson plans to children, and the curriculum includes working with young learners at local elementary schools or community childcare programs. Students dive into the complex world of intellectual growth in children, which includes variables that enhance or negatively affect an individual’s development. Students also earn some of the 480 hours of training required to apply for a Child Development Associate Credential.

Possible Certifications

  • Get Started with Center-Based Care

  • Infant & Child CPR

  • Cyber Safety Awareness Certificate

  • First Aid

  • Child Development Associate

  • AED Essentials

  • Act 31 Mandatory Reporter


Students at York Tech are required to wear a uniform. Upper garments (shirts, sweatshirts, etc.) must be purchased through the school's Tech Gear Store. Lower apparel and safety equipment varies by program. The specific uniform requirements for Early Childhood Education can be downloaded using this link.

Potential Career Opportunities

There are many career opportunities for students graduating from York Tech's Early Childhood Education program.

What to Expect

Students interested in this program will take Early Childhood Education courses for the first two school years. After sophomore year, students will apply for full-time entrance into either Early Childhood Education or Future K-12 Teacher Development, and they will be accepted based on merit and other criteria. Students who are not approved for their first choice will be assigned to the other program. The terms of this rotation are subject to change as refinements are implemented.

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