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Assistant Dean to Lead Peer Review Team for National Association


Thomas C. Heffner, assistant dean of sciences, humanities and visual communications: programs at Pennsylvania College of Technology, has been invited to serve as a program chair for the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s Commission on Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation peer review team.

In this capacity, Heffner will lead a group of other early childhood education professionals from across the nation in a review March 10-12. The peer review team will travel to a host institution to observe its program in action for three days. The team reads the program’s self-study report, conducts a site visit that includes interviews and observations, and provides a summary of the team’s findings for NAEYC’s commission review.

Thomas C. Heffner
Thomas C. Heffner

Heffner holds a Master of Education in child and family studies: early education, as well as a North Carolina state birth-kindergarten licensure from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Juniata College.

In addition to being an NAEYC member and peer reviewer, he is a member of the North Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children (for which he served as a state board member from 2007-10) and the Council for Exceptional Children. Heffner has served as a textbook reviewer for McGraw-Hill, Pearson Allyn & Bacon.

To learn more about the early childhood education major at Penn College, call 570-327-4521 or visit early childhood education major. For more about Penn College, which is marking 100 years as an educational institution of national reputation throughout 2014, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

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