Early Childhood
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Program Competencies

Upon graduation with an Associate in Applied Science degree in Early Childhood, the graduate will be able to:

  • demonstrate effective and appropriate oral and written communication skills;
  • demonstrate knowledge of child development according to the NYS Early Learning Guidelines and NAEYC Developmentally Appropriate Practice;
  • demonstrate knowledge of the history of and current research pertaining to early childhood;
  • demonstrate the skills necessary to be an effective early childhood teacher including self-assessment;
  • understand how to promote a safe, healthy and developmentally appropriate environment for young children;
  • plan and implement effective supervision and classroom management strategies;
  • plan and implement developmentally appropriate curriculum: to select, prepare, implement, and assess developmentally appropriate activities and materials for young children building on their strengths and interests and the uniqueness of each child;
  • observe young children, objectively record their behavior, and authentically assess them to drive intentional instruction;
  • demonstrate an understanding of diversity including knowledge of diverse family structures and the importance of teacher-family partnerships;
  • demonstrate emerging awareness of the NYS Core Body of Knowledge competency areas and how they relate to NYS Teaching Standards; and
  • demonstrate professionalism.

Did You Know?

ECC is a member of the State University of New York (SUNY) System, and is fully accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Many of the professional curricula are also accredited by specialized agencies.


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