Earn college credit toward an AAS in Early Childhood Education while still in high school. The Teacher Academy is a college-credit career pathway where students will be able to begin their Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education (ECE) while still in high school. The classes are taught at the Berks Career and Technology Center and Reading Muhlenberg Career and Technology Center.
Students may be able to complete their AAS in Early Childhood Teaching in about a year after graduating from high school before seamlessly transitioning to Kutztown University’s BSED (Pre K-4 Certiﬁcation) program offered right at RACC’s campus.
RACC’s Early Childhood Teaching (Pre K-Grade 4) program is designed to prepare graduates for immediate employment in the ECE ﬁeld as well as provide the ﬁrst 61 credits of the bachelor’s degree leading to Pre K-Grade 4 Teacher certiﬁcation. Graduates of this program may seek employment opportunities with Head Start and early childhood programs serving infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-aged children. In addition, graduates may also seek employment as educational assistants or para-educators in public and private schools.
How It Works
The Teacher Academy enrollment period occurs at the beginning of the high school year. A RACC representative will assist students at the Career & Technology Center (CTC) with applying to RACC and registering for the Teacher Academy courses to be completed by the student within the academic year.
The college credits earned while at the CTC in the student’s sophomore and junior year will be tuition free if the student immediately attends RACC to complete their associate degree.
Students interested in this program should meet with their CTC instructor and CTC counselor for further information and entrance requirements.