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Moravian to Sign Early Childhood Education Agreement with Community Colleges

Pres. ThomfordeBethlehem, Pa., May 1, 2013—Moravian College President Christopher M. Thomforde will sign the ‘Early Childhood Education Program-to Program Articulation Agreement of Northeastern Pennsylvania” at Luzerne County Community College on Friday, May 3. Moravian will join with other institutions with a common goal of ensuring quality early childhood education programs and seamless transfer from a two-year to a four-year program for students with associate degrees.

The agreement is between two-year participating institutions Luzerne County Community College and Lehigh Carbon Community College and four-year participating institutions Moravian College and Keystone College.

The pact establishes a program-to-program articulation agreement in early childhood education whereby students who successfully complete the requirements for an associate degree in early childhood education at any of the two-year participating institutions and meet the admission requirements as stated in the agreement, may enter with junior status in the baccalaureate degree program in early childhood pre-K to grade 4 education programs of studies at any of the four-year participating institutions.

The Education Department is so pleased to partner with Lehigh Carbon and Luzerne Community Colleges to make it easier for their well-prepared graduates to matriculate and receive their early childhood certification at Moravian,” said Joseph M. Shosh, Ph.D., associate professor of education and chair of Moravian’s Department of Education.

“This is an important step forward because those candidates who successfully complete associate degree programs in early childhood education at our partnering two-year institutions will have completed the coursework and met the competencies that allow them to transfer to Moravian as juniors,” Shosh continued. “Dr. Connie Unger and Dr. Jean Des Jardin in the Education Department have been instrumental in reviewing both PDE competencies and two-year college courses to ensure a strong alignment with Moravian’s early childhood certification program,”

Pres. ThomfordeThe participating institutions have a common purpose to ensure quality education at all levels, to eliminate unnecessary time or repetition of courses to complete a baccalaureate degree program of studies in Early Childhood Pre-K to Grade 4 Education program, and to provide for a seamless transition for students upon their completion of an associate degree program in Early Childhood Education.

The main objective is to develop a single program-to-program articulation agreement in Early Childhood Education that is acceptable to all the Participating Institutions. National Association for the Education of Young Children (“NAEYC”) accreditation allows institutions to trust the value of each other’s programs; therefore, the participating institutions will apply best practices in delivery of all coursework and should indicate content assessments that support NAEYC Standards and Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) core competencies. Program-to-program articulation and transfer eliminates the need for course-by-course evaluation. Rather, program-to-program articulation utilizes competency standards based on the six (6) NAEYC Standards and PDE Pre-K to Grade 4 Framework Guidelines for the associate’s and bachelor’s degrees.

For more information about the Education Department at Moravian College, visit the website.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America’s sixth-oldest college. Moravian partners with students to build a strong foundation for their future. Visit the College’s Web site at www.moravian.edu.