Being an early childhood educator is a constant journey. It is exciting, challenging, tiring, invigorating, and always changing. Above all else, it is rewarding. The role of the teacher of young children is crucial to our future generations. 


In this major, you’ll receive a broad-based liberal arts background, along with education courses that prepare you to teach children in preschool through fourth grade.

PK-4 Program Mission

The PK-4 Program is built on a solid foundation of the principles of child development.  It focuses on the whole child as it prepares highly-qualified, highly-effective candidates to meet the many and diverse needs of young children in a global society.


The coursework is designed to meet Pennsylvania State Department of Education (PDE) and national standards, and will prepare you for certification in Early Childhood Education (Grades PreK-4). Through three field work placements and a student teaching experience, you’ll gain knowledge and skills necessary to work with young children in a variety of educational settings. You’ll learn to understand and value a diverse population of students and to fully realize the vital and necessary work of a teacher.


Curriculum Highlights

  • All Alvernia students must complete courses that collectively are known as the Liberal Arts Core. These courses total 55 credits. You’ll also need to complete graduation requirements, including community service.
  • Acceptance into the Education Department requires that you’ve completed 48 credit hours and have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. You’ll also need to have a recommendation from a faculty member.
  • As an Early Childhood Education major, you’ll need to complete 60 credits in education courses.


Questions? Contact:

1-888-ALVERNIA or 610-796-8269

Dr. Kathy L. McCord
Coordinator, Undergraduate Education Programs
Upland Center 212

Education Undergraduate Programs