Wilkes University Offers Online Pathway to Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education

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Early child care professionals with some college credits can now earn their bachelor’s degree online while working full time. Wilkes University’s online Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary and early childhood education prepares students for Pennsylvania pre-kindergarten through fourth grade certification. Scholarships are available for qualified early child care professionals who can advance their education for little or no cost.

In partnership with the Pennsylvania Child Care Association, the T.E.A.C.H Early Childhood Pennsylvania Scholarship offers financial assistance and support services that improve the education and compensation of child care workers. Early child care professionals, teachers and assistant teachers working in Keystone STARS facilities are eligible to apply to the scholarship program. They must have completed at least 55 credits in an accredited early childhood education or equivalent teacher-preparation program. Wilkes has worked to create articulation agreements with many area community colleges, so students can seamlessly transfer and not lose credits. Some child care employees may qualify for Rising STARS Tuition Assistance from The Pennsylvania Key.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment of preschool and elementary teachers will grow over the next 10 years due to the number of students enrolling in prekindergarten and elementary schools.

Prospective students can learn more by visiting www.wilkes.edu/econline or by contacting Amy M. Hnasko at amy.hnasko@wilkes.edu.

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