Associate in Applied Science
Chairperson: Antoinette Howard
Higbee Hall, Room 109, (518) 629-7250
The Early Childhood Administration degree prepares students to work in supervisory, management or administrative positions in early childhood programs. This degree program will also prepare students for the educational and administrative requirements for opening their own family child care center, work in agencies that serve families and children; or for those who would like to become a child care assistant director, director or owner of a child care facility.
The management of a child care program requires knowledge and skills in both early childhood education and business administration. Students will complete 24 credits in early childhood education which will include 30 hours of observation in classrooms and 175 hours of student teaching. In addition, students will complete 18 credits in early childhood administration which will include a 90-hour internship working with a director or administrator in a child care center or early childhood agency. Students who complete this degree will meet the academic requirements for the New York State Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NYSAEYC) Child Program Administrator Credential (CPAC).
Applicants for this program should be aware that early childhood education requires enthusiastic performance and sensitivity toward the diverse needs of children. The department requires that all students sign and adhere to a set of technical standards as they progress through the program. Please note that although finger printing is not required for admittance into the program, many child care centers and schools may require this for the field based practicums and internship. In addition, all those who seek employment working with children and seek certification will be required to complete the fingerprinting process and may need a criminal background check. Any individual with a criminal record may not find gainful employment in the field.
Program Entrance Requirements
| Algebra or 1 unit of equivalent academic math
||Fall and Spring
||A 2.0 GPA is required for transfer.
||70 or above