PCDE Highlights

2014 Summer Sessions Mascot Name Contest

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Cast your vote to name Ship’s 2014 Summer Mascot, and be eligible to win one of four $50 gift cards to the Shippensburg University bookstore!

Cast your vote HERE!

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Contact Information

Horton Hall 108
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg University
Shippensburg, PA, 17257
(717) 477-1502
(717) 477-4050 fax
pcde@ship.edu 


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Early Childhood Director Credential


* New Funding Source Available! *



The 3-course (9-credit) Early Childhood Director Credential program is offered completely online allowing for flexibility and convenience in completing coursework. Each course is 3 credits and delivered in an online format, and is limited to 25 students. The six courses will be offered throughout the calendar year enabling students to easily complete the three of six courses within six months to one year. To be eligible for the PA Directors Credential, students must successfully complete the required business course (ECH 564) and at least two additional courses from this set of six. Candidates must have previously completed a bachelor’s degree.DirectorCredential

Students who take courses for the PA Director Credential at Shippensburg University may take the courses on a non-degree basis. Each student is responsible for submitting an application for a Director Credential directly to the Pennsylvania Keys to Quality program with the Office of Child Development and Early Learning. The credential is awarded by the PA Key, not Shippensburg University. For more information go to www.pakeys.org.

Scholarships and Tuition Reimbursement

The Rising STARS Tuition Assistance Program pays 95% of tuition costs for eligible college coursework taken by early learning professionals, with a maximum benefit of $4,500 per individual each fiscal year (July 1 through June 30).

Pennsylvania Keys to Quality offers a College Tuition Reimbursement Voucher up to $500 per college credit and up to $3000 per year in tuition reimbursement.

Tuition scholarships of $900 are available through a partnership of Shippensburg University and the South Central Regional Key.

Learn more about these programs and other financial assistance available >

Interested in pursuing a Master of Education degree?

Courses taken as part of the Director Credential may be transferred directly into a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction-Early Childhood Cluster at Shippensburg University. See the Director Credential Admissions page for more info.