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.
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School Accreditation & Licensing
Penn Foster is accredited by:
Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC)
Penn Foster High School, Penn Foster Career School, and Penn Foster College have all met the high standards of integrity and performance set by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
Penn Foster Career School is regionally accredited for non-degree granting postsecondary programs, and Penn Foster High School is accredited for grades 9 through adult, by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association for Colleges and Schools.
Penn Foster Career School has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
All Penn Foster programs are affiliated with DANTES, which qualifies U.S. military personnel for tuition reimbursement.
Program Requirements & Restrictions
Minimum EducationHigh School or Equivalent
Official High School Transcript/GED Score
- Some programs may require 15 credits of general education prior to enrollment.
Missouri, South Carolina