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Teacher Education Model

Striving for National Prominence and Academic Excellence for All:

  • Nationally Accredited Early Childhood Education AAS program (second in PA)
  • NAEYC Accreditation for ECE/Early Intervention AAS (first in U.S.)
  • Early Learning Center nationally accredited by NAEYC; PA STAR **** center
  • Kappa Delta Pi National Honor Society for Education (first in Community College in PA)
  • Recipient of over $5 million in state funded grants, PaTTAN grants, and U.S. Dept. of Education Office of Special Education Programs grants, including Project REACH

 Reggio-Inspired Teacher Training Model:

  • Students, faculty, children and their families are active participants in learning
  • The intentionally designed environment is the first teacher
  • Rich documentation and educational, aesthetic displays make learning visible
  • Sense of community is fostered through large and small group events for all
  • Prominently featured recycleteria inspires the use of recycled materials in teaching strategies and practice

Shared Spaces in Multi-million Dollar State-of-the-Art Fowler Education Center:

Anchored by the Community Room, enrichment classrooms allow space for break-out sessions for college classes and for the children of the lab school. Each room has its own branch function and purpose:

  • Assistive Technology/Observation Seminar Room employs assistive technology materials and software, and models Universal Design and adaptations for every learner
  • Visual Arts Studio offers Reggio-inspired art and science experiences
  • Performing Arts Studio supports music, movement, puppetry and creative dramatics
  • Culinary Cove promotes nutrition curriculum and authentic cooking experiences
  • Open Air Classroom facilitates learning about nature and children’s motor activities
  • Education Seminar Classroom is a SMART classroom technology

Teacher Education Research/Resource Lab:

One of the largest and most fully equipped resource labs in the U.S.; holds hundreds of curriculum books and research books; features dye cut stations, laminators, and book binding machines to create three-dimensional materials that support children’s learning; aesthetically pleasing displays of photographs, creative art samples, and documentation rotate to exemplify the project approach and our curriculum model.

Early Learning Center Laboratory School:

Onsite, DPW licensed, STAR Four facility accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children; provides nurturing, developmentally appropriate environment for children aged 3-5 supported by Teacher Education fieldwork students and interns who do observations and plan weekly learning experiences. Wall of windows (one-way glass) allows observations into the center.

Prominent Faculty:

Full-time and part-time faculty have received the college’s top faculty awards, presented at multiple national conferences and have been published in prestigious journals.



Environment as the First Teacher:

Higher education learning becomes transparent through rich documentation and project work exemplified through displays; dedicated classrooms for Teacher Education allow permanent and rotating displays of students’ work and children’s work; hallways and enrichment classrooms showcase quality curriculum and best practices for pre-service teachers and the community.

LCCC Teacher Education Recycleteria:

Extensive collection of recycled materials (donated by students, families, faculty and staff) are sorted and accessible in an attractive place of prominence in Teacher Education classrooms; nearby displays of open-ended three dimensional experiences and teacher made games stimulate future creative uses of recycled items; broad collection of readily available recycled materials supports college students by reducing costs for instructional materials.

Shared Vision and Interdisciplinary Model:

All course objectives in all Teacher Education courses (Early Childhood Education, Early Intervention, Education, Special Education, Paraprofessional programs) are linked to NAEYC, CEC, NCATE standards; the Early Learning Center staff and the faculty of all Teacher Education programs are housed in one office suite and share one vision and mission.

Shared Resources:

All programs and the Early Learning Center utilize an extensive array of Montessori materials, assistive technology, and high quality manipulatives for science, mathematics and language arts for all age groups and abilities.

Community of Action and Networking:

Service learning and student leadership are fostered through the Teacher Education Student Association student club and through tour guiding for local conferences, fundraising and volunteering (for ex: Autism Speaks walkathons and Miracle League events); with faculty members, small group charity work such as creating literacy bags for local families or baking cookies for the military help students bond.

Lifelong Professional Development Model:

Incorporates weekly Instructional Strategy workshops, large biannual conferences featuring recognized leaders in the field, and Week of the Young Child events for students, graduates, and community-based practitioners; alumni, students, faculty and lab assistants gather informally in the Research/Resource Lab to plan curriculum and dialog about best practices; through a strong entrepreneurial spirit, the professional development initiatives and the Research/Resource Lab are self-supporting; these efforts and additional fundraising benefit the Teacher Education Scholarship Fund.

Tours and presentations are available upon request.

Contact: Melanie Wursta at or call 610 799-1523