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Why choose Early Childhood Education at PPCC?

PPCC's Early Childhood Education program will give you the tools you need to become a preschool teacher or childcare worker. If you go on to earn more advanced degrees, you could pursue such jobs as childcare center director or special education teacher. If you become a practicum student, you might work directly at one of PPCC's Child Education Centers, and you may learn as much from the children as you do from your instructors.

Mandatory Background Check

All ECE students are required to complete a PPCC background check. Non-PPCC administered background checks will not be accepted.

Background Check Information


NAEYC Accredited Program

The Early Childhood Education program at PPCC is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, The accreditation term runs from March 2019 through March 2026. 

ECE Program Outcome Data

What do PPCC Early Childhood Education students study?

As a PPCC Early Childhood Education student, you will learn about a wide array of topics from childhood development to teaching techniques. As part of your studies, you will:

  • Guidance strategies for young children
  • Assessing young children's development
  • Explore methods of fostering creativity
  • Learn techniques to promote healthy development
  • Developing strategies for teaching children of various ages

Classes you might take

Explores guidance theories, applications, goals, techniques, and factors that influence expectations, classroom management issues, and prosocial skills. Addresses ages birth through age 8.
Provides an overview of early childhood curriculum development. Includes processes for planning and implementing developmentally appropriate environments, materials and experiences, and quality in early childhood programs.
Presents an overview of critical elements related to educating young children with disabilities in the early childhood setting. Topics include the following: typical and atypical development, legal requirements, research based practices related to inclusion, teaming and collaboration, and accommodations and adaptations, Student will learn how a disability will impact a young child's learning process. Focus of the course is on birth through age 8.

ECE Mission, Vision, and Conceptual Framework

Early Childhood Education faculty at PPCC are dedicated to student success. Our mission, vision, and conceptual framework allow us to promote student success and better our community.

More Information and Conceptual Framework

Program Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes (PLO) are competencies with which students will be proficient at the completion of an academic program. Program Learning Outcomes link with course learning outcomes and competencies. The ECE department periodically reports on program outcomes for accreditation purposes using institutional data.

Program Learning Outcomes ECE Program Outcomes Report

Field Experiences

The Early Childhood Education Practicum Handbook is a resource for students and instructors related to practicum courses and instruction on and off campus.

More Information on Field Experience

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) in ECE

Professionals working in the field of early childhood education have the opportunity to present portfolios that may be assessed for college credit.

Guidelines for PLA ECE PLA Crosswalk

Early Childhood Education Faculty Contact

Deborah Palarino

(719) 502-3300

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