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I have two questions. The first is concerning the different degrees at various colleges for early education. My daughter (lives in western PA) is looing at colleges for early education. Some have K-4 others have K-3. Does this matter in picking a school? Didnt know if she went to a school that didnt include the 4th grade if that would eliminate her in the future from getting a potential job opening for a 4th grade teacher.

Her two final choices now are Ohio University (in Athens Ohio)and Duquense University in Pittsburgh. She most likely wants to teach in PA if possible. The question i have is will it hurt her to get her degree in Ohio vs in western pa? and doesn anyone have opinions on either school.
THAnkS!

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Great question. I went to school and now hold a permanent certificate for Nursery-8th grade. Many schools offer that now. I would go for that, unless she is content teaching younger kids.

She could also further her education that would allow her to teacher more ages and grades. She could do this with a master's degree. I see that Ohio University also has a Middle Childhood Education Curriculum for Middle Childhood Education Major. Maybe she could do an extra year and combine this program with ECE.

It appears that you can do just that at Duquense. I read this at: http://www.duq.edu/academics/schools/education/graduate-programs-education/ms-el. Maybe this might be best.

I don't know much about Ohio schools as I went to two in PA. I don't live in PA now but my certification counts since it is permanent.

The best thing to do is find a school and program that is a good fit for your daughter. Don't worry about the wheres and whys of the future. They will happens.

Oh and there is also the option of getting the CDA. http://www.cdacouncil.org/the-cda-credential/introducing-cda-20

Good luck!

Cindy  

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I can answer questions in various areas of child development including ages and stages, how to foster growth in the development of young children, what to look for in early childhood centers and in early childhood providers. and ways to stimulate a child`s natural curiosity. I am fully versed in the Creative Curriculum and teach CDA for all age groups.

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I have worked extensively in Early Childhood education leading extensive trainings for early childhood educators including the 120 hour National CDA program for both infant-toddler and preschool professionals. I have served in a variety of leadership roles throughout my career in early childhood, school-age and camp settings. in In my past role as a school-age child care Site Director, I planned, coordinated, and led activities for 40+ children. My responsibilities included the training and supervision of staff members. I also participated in the training, mentoring and supervision of high school students in an educational setting. Presently, I work in a faith based program as Director of Children's Ministries while continuing to work as a teacher in a school-age before and after school program.

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I love to write. At this time, I have completed four faith-based children's books and hope to be published one day. My most recent work, titled "God's Table is For Me," is a rhyming pictorial book about Communion. Some of my original art ideas are included in "Primary Art" by MaryAnne F. Kohl.

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I hold a B.A. degree in Education from Moravian College. My graduate work in Human Development and Community Counseling was completed at Lehigh University. Along with taking Theology classes at The Center for Lifelong Learning at the Drew Theological School, I completed a year long certificate program in Theology and Ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary.

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