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Early Childhood Studies - NEW! Available Online

Early Childhood Studies - NEW! Available Online

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Chestnut Hill College’s Accelerated Adult Degree Program is designed for the adult learner. The Early Childhood Studies program combines a sound liberal arts background with specific training in educational and child psychology, curriculum methods and materials, and extensive fieldwork. This program is intended for those working with young children who are not seeking teacher certification in the state of Pennsylvania.

Students interested in pursuing this degree may choose to study in traditional, in-person classroom settings, or select an all-online class option--OR utilize a combination of both traditional and online coursework--to complete this degree.

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Major Core Requirements

In addition to Core Liberal Arts, 60 credits are required in the major. The Major Requirements are:

  • UEMA 156 - Math for Teachers ECE
  • UEED 246 – Educational Technology
  • UEP4 201 - Development/Early Years
  • UEP4 202 - Educational Psychology/Early Years
  • UEP4 203 - Foundations/Theory/Early Childhood Education
  • UEP4 204 - Methods/Techniques/Early Childhood Education/Field Experience II
  • UEP4 207 - Early Literacy
  • UEP4 210 – Teaching Reading with Trade Books
  • UEP4 301 - Health and Safety Methods
  • UEP4 314 - Creative Arts Methods
  • UEP4 318 - Family and Community Partners
  • UEP4 320 - PreK-4 Assessment
  • UESP 312 - Reading Interventions/Diverse Learners
  • UESP 340 - Introduction to Special Education
  • UESP 390 - ESL Foundations and Methods
  • UESP 498 - Senior Seminar


Major Elective Requirements

Any four of the following courses are required as major electives:

  • UEED 226 - Issues in Supervision of Programs for Young Children
  • UEED 227 - The Business of Child Care
  • UEED 228 - Leadership and Administration of Programs for Young Children
  • UEP4 311 - Writing Methods
  • UEP4 315 - Math Methods and Assessment
  • UEP4 316 - Social Studies Methods and Assessment
  • UEP4 317 - Science Methods and Assessment
  • UEPS 207- Psychology of Infant Toddler Development


For your convenience, Chestnut Hill College offers accelerated degree courses in two locations:

  • Chestnut Hill College Main Campus
  • University Center at Montgomery County Community College in Pottstown

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Transferring Credits

Students can transfer up to 75 credits from another accredited college or university. Prior Learning Assessment options can also help you earn credits for on-the-job experience and training programs.

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For more information or to schedule a personal visit with an Admissions Representative:

Call - 215-248-7063 | Email - adultdegree@chc.edu | Schedule a virtual appointment