NCC and Wilkes University Sign Early Childhood Education Transfer Agreement

NCC early childhood education majors can transfer seamlessly to Wilkes

Paul Adams and Mark Erickson

Northampton Community College (NCC) students seeking a four-year early childhood education bachelor’s degree with certification can now add Wilkes University to their list of possible transfer schools.

Leaders from Wilkes University and Northampton Community College signed a transfer and articulation agreement on June 5 at NCC’s Monroe Campus. The agreement establishes a program-to-program enrollment articulation agreement in elementary and early childhood education (Pre-K to Grade 4). NCC students who successfully complete the requirements for an associate in applied science degree in early childhood education can apply to Wilkes and enter their program with junior status in the baccalaureate degree program.

"Wilkes University has a long, successful history in educating students to meet societal needs,” said Wilkes Vice President of Student Affairs, Paul Adams. “There is a national call for highly qualified early childhood educators. This agreement offers students a seamless pathway to a bachelor’s degree in a rewarding and growing field, while expanding our partnership with Northampton Community College.” 

“We’re especially excited about this agreement because both NCC and Wilkes offer on-campus and online courses, making this transfer option accessible to students across the state,” says Dr. Mark Erickson, president of NCC. “It enhances student access and helps promote student success through transfer, two key elements of the College’s strategic plan.”

All courses in the NCC program count for graduation credit in the bachelor’s degree program at Wilkes University.

About Wilkes University

Wilkes University is a private, independent, non-sectarian institution of higher education dedicated to academic and intellectual excellence through mentoring in the liberal arts, sciences and professional programs. Founded in 1933, Wilkes is on a mission to create one of the nation’s finest doctoral universities, offering all of the programs, activities and opportunities of a large university in the intimate, caring and mentoring environment of a small college, open to all who show promise. The Economist named Wilkes 25th in the nation for the value of its education for graduates. In addition to 46 majors, Wilkes offers 24 master’s degree programs and five doctoral/terminal degree programs, including the doctor of philosophy in nursing, doctor of nursing practice, doctor of education, doctor of pharmacy, and master of fine arts in creative writing. Learn more at

About Northampton Community College
With an enduring commitment to the regional community it serves and a focus on student success, Northampton Community College has developed a reputation as an institution of extraordinary distinction, earning accolades at the state and national levels for innovative programs, outstanding faculty and impressive student achievements. It counts among its successful alumni a four-time Pulitzer Prize winner and an Academy Award winning director as well as a host of CEOs, presidents, and leaders of business and industry. Today, Northampton Community College has locations in Bethlehem, Southside Bethlehem, Easton, and Monroe County, serving 30,000 students each year from 53 counties, 42 countries and 25 states. For more information, or to apply, please visit Follow NCC on Twitter @NorthamptonComm and like NCC on Facebook at Northampton Community College.