This page is intended for Faculty and Instructors at institutes of higher education (IHE), Career and Technology Education (CTE) and post-secondary education programs. If you represent an IHE interested in connecting your work to the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) or the Pennsylvania Key, email Rebecca Lamar (firstname.lastname@example.org).
2021 Recorded Faculty Webinar Series
Recent national frameworks, position statements, and evidence-based practices are motivating faculty to examine the ways in which courses build the capacity of future early childhood educators each and every child and family. Explicit tools, guidance and resources related to supporting the full and equitable potential of young children who are diverse in terms of culture, language, ability, opportunity, and life circumstances are now available.
The rubric is a tool that was developed to support faculty and instructors to reflect on and enhance the extent to which a course syllabus reflects explicit emphasis on each of 17 content indicators. The indicators were derived from key state, national, and federal early childhood frameworks (e.g., Pennsylvania Framework for Grades Pre K-4 Program Guidelines, Professional Standards and Competencies for Early Childhood Educators, and Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004).
The Pennsylvania Early Childhood Course Syllabus Rubric: A Tool for Enhancing Quality – Part 1
The Pennsylvania Early Childhood Course Syllabus Rubric: A Tool for Enhancing Quality – Part 2
Pennsylvania’s recommendations on how to be trauma informed, including resources for trauma informed distance learning such as strategies for recognizing and responding to students’ emotional needs in a distance learning situation. These resources are ideal for online discussion group postings and/or group discussions.
A collection of information on building relationships between families and school staff and ideas to promote effective communication between these groups. Supplemental resources that support ECE staff working with families with or at risk of disabilities are included. Resources are well-suited for online discussion posts in the IHE setting.
A collection of resources based on supporting Pennsylvania’s alignment with the US Policy Statement on Inclusion in early childhood education (ECE) settings. It includes both Pennsylvania’s guidance on inclusion and support for ECE professionals looking for practices to implement in their classrooms. These links can be used for small and large group discussion points in the IHE classroom.