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Program Details

Lehigh Carbon Community College has a specialized program for those students who already are credited in Teacher Education, currently employed, and plan to move into a director or assistant director position. The Early Childhood Education director/Specialized Diploma (ECDD) is designed to enhance the knowledge of existing teachers. Therefore, aspiring students can enroll in this program in order to gain the skills to potentially become an Early Childhood Education Director/Administrator.

As this program only requires 15 credits for completion, the majority of student typically finish all requirements in one semester. Some of the courses students will be enrolled in are as follows: The Director with Vision, Program Organization and Management, and two electives. Students may chose the two electives from a short list consisting of, Education, Special Education, Early Childhood Education, Business, Accounting, or Computer/Technology.

Students who successfully complete this program should be able to cultivate a program management plan and demonstrate active participation in professional development and leadership endeavors, as well as advocate for best practices through collaborative relations with families and staff in an early childhood center. Those who obtain a job as an Early Childhood Education Director are expected to typically supervise the development, organization, implementation, coordination, and evaluation of the Early Childhood and Preschool instructional programs to ensure that all students will meet or exceed the State Core Curriculum Content Standards.

Accreditation & Licensing

Middle States Commission on Higher Education

This degree holds special accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).