Early Childhood Programs

Early Childhood A.A.S.


The Early Childhood Program’s role is to guide individuals in acquiring the knowledge and skills necessary to foster the development and constructive education of young children. The program strives to model and promote high quality early childhood education in the community.

The Early Childhood program prepares graduates to:

  • Demonstrate professional knowledge of early childhood development.
  • Plan, implement, assess and evaluate a developmentally appropriate curriculum that aligns with standards set forth by National Association for the Education of Young Children, New York State Early Learning Guidelines and The Common Core.
  • Demonstrate the skills and abilities of the effective early childhood teaching professional.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of the early childhood professional dedicated to ethical practice and cultural responsiveness.
Graduates of the program are qualified to work with children ages birth to 8 years old in a number of environments including preschools, nursery schools, daycare, public schools, early intervention agencies or Head Start. The hand-on approach to the curriculum requires students to participate in 300 hours of supervised internships in area schools and/or agencies. In addition, students interact regularly with the children in the Gateway Montessori Preschool, an on-site lab school.

As of Jan. 1, 2010, all students enrolled in ECH 131 Early Childhood Field Instruction and Seminar I and ECH 231 Field Instruction and Seminar II will need to supply the following before entering the field:
  • A notarized Criminal Conviction Statement OR
  • A signed “I Will” statement to uphold the NAEYC Code of Ethics and SCCC Early Childhood Professional Behaviors OR
  • Medical evidence of their ability to work with children and a negative TB result.


Early Childhood Certificate

This Early Childhood Certificate is designed to prepare students who wish to work with children from birth through 8 years of age in a variety of early childhood environments. The courses provide an understanding of the developmental needs of children along with specific skills for working with children. In addition, there is a work experience in which students spend eight hours per week working directly with children in a supervised setting. This program can also serve as a “stepping-stone” for those who want to pursue an A.A.S. or A.S. degree in a related field.

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