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Wilkes University and Lackawanna College Announcement Agreement for Early Childhood Education Students


Pictured seated left to right is Wilkes University President Patrick F. Leahy and Lackawanna College President Mark Volk. Standing left to right is Lackawanna College Academic Dean, Suzanne Cercone; Lackawanna College Vice President of Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer, Erica Barone Pricci; Lackawanna College Social Science Division Chair, Nicole Bradigan; Wilkes University Provost and Senior Vice President, Anne Skleder; Wilkes University Dean of the School of Education, Rhonda Rabbitt; and Wilkes University Associate Professor and Chair of the Undergraduate Education Program, Suzanne Galella. 

Wilkes University and Lackawanna College have entered into a new articulation agreement that will help Lackawanna graduates transfer to Wilkes to complete their bachelor’s degree. Under the new agreement, students who earn an associate degree in early childhood education from Lackawanna can transfer into the Wilkes bachelor’s degree in elementary and early childhood education as a junior.

Wilkes President Patrick F. Leahy and Lackawanna President Mark Volk signed the agreement on March 27 at Wilkes University. It formalizes the relationship between the institutions, streamlining the admission process for interested students.

“There is a national call for highly qualified early childhood educators. We are so pleased to partner with Lackawanna College to address this need,” said Leahy. “This agreement offers students a seamless pathway to a bachelor’s degree in a rewarding and growing field.”

As part of the agreement, 60 credits earned at Lackawanna College may be applied toward the bachelor’s degree at Wilkes.

“Educating the next generation of teachers matches our life-changing mission to improve lives and communities in northeast Pennsylvania and beyond,” Volk said. “We’re pleased to offer this new opportunity to our Early Childhood Education students and to partner with an outstanding institution like Wilkes.”

Wilkes University’s elementary and early childhood education program leads to pre-kindergarten through fourth grade certification. It includes an 18-credit minor in reading education. Students study how to communicate and engage with young students while learning how to support their teaching with 21st century ideas and technology.

For more information, prospective students can call the Wilkes admissions office at (570) 408-4400 or the Lackawanna College admissions office at (570) 961-7898.