Working students usually find a traditional day program to be challenging to complete. Most working transfer adult students have experience and life circumstances that leave a small window of opportunity open for education and professional development. This is especially true for child care staff. In response to these challenges, Carlow created an Early Childhood Education w/PreK-4 certification and an Early Learning and Development major with the working transfer student in mind. The transfer program takes place in our Greensburg and Cranberry campuses. Students are enrolled in a cohort (a new cohort begins every year when enrollment permits and offers a fall and spring start date). In this model, students take classes on Monday evenings or Thursday evening (depending on when their cohort begins). Students take one hybrid course onsite in the Greensburg or Cranberry campus and one online course every 8 weeks. Carlow refers to the eight week course format as the Carlow Accelerated Program (CAP). This allows students to complete 12 credits a semester, but only take two courses at a time. The courses are always offered on the same day of the week to allow students opportunity to plan for their two years of courses in advance. In most semesters students only take two courses at the same time (there is one course that runs a full semester).
EC 205 15 observational hours needed of a preschool-aged child EC 401SL 15 hours of Service Learning (occurs in the evening)ED 312 10 hours needed – can be in an evening tutoring programED 307 4 hours needed in an ELL classroom or interview with ELL teacherSPED 450 30 hours needed in an early intervention setting (some through video)EC 304 10 hours in a science classroom/program or an interview with a science teacherEC 325 40 Hour practicum with primary aged childrenEC 406 Monday – Friday Student Teaching 8 weeksEC 407 Monday – Friday Student Teaching 8 weeks
Upon completion of the course requirements in the program, the student successfully pass student teaching with a combined score of 4 or higher on both PDE 430 evaluation forms. The student must pass the PECT PreK4 exam. Once the students has met the requirements, he/she may apply for certification at the following website: TIMS website: http://www.education.pa.gov/Teachers%20-%20Administrators/Certifications/Pages/default.aspx#.VwKzUfkrK72