Early Childhood
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Program Description

Research shows that care and education during the early childhood period determines academic success for children. The demand for competent early childhood professionals is constant. The Early Childhood Program prepares students to assume positions in the early childhood community immediately upon graduation or to continue their formal education at a four-year institution. All students are welcome in this curriculum: full-time, part-time, matriculated and non-matriculated, and those taking 12 credits in Early Childhood to meet OCFS NYS licensing regulations.

The Early Childhood Program provides students with a well-rounded education while they learn specifically about teaching and caring for young children; students gain practical experience with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers in a variety of high quality Early Childhood programs in the western NY community. Program students take Early Childhood, liberal arts and social science courses. Early Childhood courses are a series of education courses each paired with a field experience (lab) course, culminating in a six-credit field placement and seminar course in the final semester. The liberal arts and science courses taken depend on the individual student's educational and professional goals and are carefully chosen with an Early Childhood advisor each semester.

The first two Early Childhood lab experiences are generally offered day and evening, depending on enrollment. The third lab and student teaching are offered only during the day; but the seminar portion for student teaching is offered in the evening, depending on the semester and need. Students already working in the field may apply for a waiver or LEAP credit for Labs I or III, depending on experience. All of the other required Early Childhood courses are offered during both day and evening.

Graduates are employed in early childhood positions in the community. These include, but are not limited to, positions in early childhood centers and programs, day care centers, preschool programs, pre-k programs, nursery schools, Head Start and Early Head Start programs, before- and after-school programs, family day care programs, residential setting programs, special education programs, agencies specializing in the care of infants and young children and positions as nannies.

Degree: Associate in Applied Science
Hegis: 5503
Curriculum Code: 0606
Campus Location: City
Business & Public Service Division

Available at:

Pre-Admission Recommendations:
HS or HSE Diploma

Recommended HS Courses And/Or Experiences:
English Electives
2 Years of Math
Human Relations

Career Opportunities/Further Education:
Day Care Centers
Nursery Schools
Early Childhood Centers
Trasfer to 4-year Teacher Education Programs


Did You Know?

A significant number of courses have been renumbered as part of the State University of New York's policies which promote student mobility, through transfer of academic credit, to other SUNY institutions. All courses should be numbered at the 100-200 levels. The Listing Reference contains both the old and new numbers which should aid students in their choice of courses.


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