SCRANTON (April 2, 2013) - Penn Foster, a leader in career-focused online and blended education designed to address the skills gap in America, and ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), a nationally accredited distance training institution dedicated exclusively to the child care industry, today announced an articulation agreement that allows students from CCEI to transfer credits toward degrees at Penn Foster.
Students who successfully complete the CCEI Early Childhood Credential can articulate 12 transfer credits toward the Penn Foster College Associate of Science Degree Program in Early Childhood Education. In addition, students who successfully complete the CCEI Online Instructor Supported CDA, Online College Credit Eligible CDA and the Online Self-Study CDA certificate programs can articulate nine transfer credits toward the Penn Foster College Associate of Science Degree Program in Early Childhood Education. For each of the certificate programs approved for articulation, three credits will be awarded in each of the following areas: Fundamentals of Early Childhood Education; Health, Safety, and Nutrition; and Child Growth and Development. In addition to these three, the Early Childhood Credential will also be awarded credit for Assessment in Early Childhood Education.
“In today’s education world, there is an increasing push for early childhood educators to improve their knowledge and skills,” said Maria Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “This articulation agreement with Penn Foster College supports educators in their quest for increased knowledge of early childhood development. CCEI and Penn Foster share industry leading accreditations with IACET and DETC, which made an articulation agreement a natural partnership.”
Penn Foster also shares CCEI’s commitment to offering a flexible approach to online education. Through its affordable online programs, Penn Foster students complete their courses on their own time, with 24/7 access to a supportive online community of students and faculty.
“Through this agreement, Penn Foster and CCEI can provide their students with the knowledge they need to enter the growing early childhood education job market,” said Frank Britt, CEO of Penn Foster. “Penn Foster looks forward to expanding its collaborative online community with the addition of CCEI students, who bring their own unique skills and perspectives to our degree programs.”
On April 16, Penn Foster will host an online open house where experts from the school’s Education and Child Care Academy will be available to discuss the CCEI partnership, current issues regarding early childhood education and Penn Foster’s child care programs. Current and prospective students are encouraged to participate in the online discussion, which will take place from 1pm – 2pm EST.
ChildCare Education Institute provides the child care industry with online professional development programs and courses to meet industry education and training requirements. Over 100 child care training courses are available in English and Spanish, as well as online certificate course of study programs, such as the Child Development Associate (CDA), Director's Certificate, and others. CCEI is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, approved by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training to award IACET Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and is authorized under the Nonpublic Postsecondary Educational Institutions Act of 1990. For more information on CCEI, visit www.cceionline.edu or call 1.800.499.9907.
About Penn Foster
Founded in 1890, Penn Foster has been a leader in career-focused distance and blended learning for more than 100 years. Since its inception, more than 13 million people have enrolled in its high school, career school and college to learn advanced skills, further their education and better position them for life success. Today, Penn Foster graduates 25,000 students yearly and enrolls more than 100,000 new students each year in programs designed to address the skills gap in middle skilled careers. Penn Foster’s high-quality, affordable distance education allows students the flexibility to complete programs around their schedules with 24/7 access to a supportive online community of students and faculty. For more information, visit www. pennfoster.edu.