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Early Childhood Education


This program is designed and delivered to develop future educators with the foundations and background to begin a successful career in the childcare industry and related fields. The curriculum focuses on the basic principles of educational psychology, art of teaching, planning and administration of educational activities, school safety and health issues, social foundations of education, child development, and developmentally appropriate educational strategies for infants through preschool. 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 (Required Health & Safety Training)

  • First Aid, Infant & Child CPR/AED Essentials

  • Act 31 Mandatory Reporter

  • Child Development Associate Credential

  • School Age Professional Credential 

  • SOAR Credits


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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