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Program Details

Online degree programs allow for students to earn their degree on a schedule that is suitable for them. The Early Childhood Education- AS Degree*, offered by Penn Foster College, introduces students to psychology essentials, nutrition, interpersonal communication, and the development of young children. Based on a skills assessment, the student’s level of readiness is determined in math and reading to know at which program to begin.

This four-semester degree program trains students in safety and health for children, and fundamentals including mathematics, social science, and literacy. Students are allowed to modify their courses to reflect the direction they plan on pursuing through electives. Each semester, students have the opportunity to choose their electives from an approved set of options. The student’s elective categories include early childhood education, science, and general education. Each semester, a different elective category is focused on, allowing the student to choose which course they believe to be more beneficial to their interests or career goals.

To finish out the program, students learn strategies to guide children in their education. Also involved is field experience, where students observe first-hand accounts and apply the theories they have learned throughout the past three semesters by working with young children.

*Residents of Minnesota will receive the Associate of Applied Science upon completing this program.


Students will need access to a Microsoft® Windows®-based computer running Windows® XP or later, Microsoft® Office 2010, and high-speed Internet in order to complete this program with Penn Foster.

Accreditation & Licensing

Penn Foster Accreditation and Licenses

  • Penn Foster Career School and Penn Foster High School are regionally accredited by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. And, nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).
  • Penn Foster Career School and Penn Foster High School are licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Private Licensed Schools.
  • Penn Foster College is nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) and licensed by the Arizona State Board for Private Postseconday Education.