Early Childhood Education

  • Program Length

    2 years (may be eligible for certification after second year and reaching 18 years of age)

    Articulation Agreements

    Herkimer County Community College; Jefferson Community College; SUNY Cobleskill; Excelsior College; Cayuga Community College Advantage: BIOL 209 - Basic Nutrition

    Program Supplies Provided

    Polo shirts; NOCTI – Early Childhood Care and Education (Basic and Advanced Exam); American Red Cross – First Aid, CPR, AED (Adult, Child and Infant Certifications)

    Credential Opportunities

    Child Development Associate; American Red Cross - First Aid, CPR and AED Adult Certifi cations; Technical Endorsement on Graduation Diploma

    Industry Assessments

    National Occupational Competency Testing Institute - Early Childhood Care and Education (Basic and Advanced)


    Beth Britton

    Program Description

    The Early Childhood Education program is designed to teach students the aspects of teaching and working with young children, from birth through elementary age. Students will explore career pathways and develop the characteristics of successful teachers and childcare providers through practicums. Applying theoretical concepts to real-life situations, students are able to take what they have learned in the classroom to their rotation experiences where they learn how to meet the developmental needs and interests of young children.

    Industry Alignment

    Council for Professional Recognition – Child Development Associate Competency Standards; American Red Cross - First Aid, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defi brillator (AED) - Adult, Child and Infant Standards

    Integrated Academic Coursework

    Career and Financial Management (1/2 credit per year)
    English (1/2 credit per year)