ECE Career Pathways Tool

Career pathways tool allows you to discover possible careers in early childhood education.


Pennsylvania's Career Lattice

The Pennsylvania Keys to Quality Early Learning Career Lattice is a guide to the education levels required for many different positions in the early care and education field. The Career Lattice encourages practitioners to attain credentials and degrees and to plan their educational pathway according to the position that they are interested in attaining. For more information on about the Career Lattice and career pathways, click here.

Professional Development

One indicator of high quality programs is the employment of a teaching staff that has the educational qualifications, knowledge, and professional commitment necessary to promote children’s learning and development and to support families’ diverse needs and interests. Children benefit most when their teachers have high levels of formal education and specialized early childhood professional preparation.

Read moreProfessional Development

Financial Assistance

The Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) offers several ways for early childhood and school-age professionals to receive assistance in paying for professional development through tuition assistance, financial aid, and scholarship programs.

Read moreFinancial Assistance

ECE Degree Programs

If you want to learn about colleges and universities in Pennsylvania that offer early childhood education degree programs or in a related field, please reference below for the list. This list is not exhaustive. If you are from an institution with an ECE degree not on this list, please email information to .

For a more detailed look at colleges and universities offering an ECE program information, visit PHMC's new website This new site has a HigherEd Search feature which includes filters to find the right program for you, click here!

If you are from an institution with an ECE degree and would like to join the Institutes of Higher Education database on, click here.

Read moreECE Degree Programs