Associate in Applied Science
Chairperson: Antoinette Howard
Higbee Hall, Room 109, (518) 629-7250
The Early Childhood program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
The Teacher Preparation Department is committed to preparing sensitive, caring, reflective, and considerate students who are academically strong, pedagogically skilled, and culturally responsive to the needs of diverse learners within a global society.
We believe that students should demonstrate a strong foundation and knowledge of typical and atypical child development by modeling attitudes and beliefs which reflect socioeconomic and cultural sensitivity, consideration of others, and flexibility when working with children, adults, coworkers, community members, and families within a global context and in diverse settings.
Students should demonstrate developmentally appropriate best teaching practices in a culturally responsive, inclusive, adaptive, and interactive learning environment. Each student should maintain a professional demeanor in which the student displays a positive, appropriate approach toward children and learning which demonstrates an awareness of each child’s diverse learning needs.
Our daily teaching practices are grounded in these beliefs, and values which we strive to nurture within ourselves as well as in our students.
All of the department’s courses reflect the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s standards. A more detailed overview of the standards can be found on our website.
The Early Childhood program provides students the opportunity to explore the foundations of education and child development in a culturally sensitive, inclusive, and interactive environment. Students acquire knowledge about curriculum content, models of instruction, educational theory, and best practices which enable them to enter the workforce in an early childhood program or continue their education in a four-year baccalaureate program in teacher education. The program emphasizes direct work with children: students spend one day each week during their first year, and two days per week during their second year, in early childhood and primary settings within the local community. This field experience takes place under the supervision of a college faculty member.
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. Graduates will find that their developed competence in interacting with children will be very rewarding both in their employment as child-serving professionals, and in their lifelong associations with children in their family and social environments. 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 practicum. In addition, all those who seek employment working with children and seek certification will be required to complete the finger printing process. Any individual with a criminal record may not find gainful employment in the field.
At the discretion of the department chair and departmental approval, practicing early childhood professionals in an early childhood, head start or elementary school setting may apply and request use of their place of employment as their student teaching placement.
A number of courses in the Early Childhood curriculum are suitable for students interested in pursuing careers in teacher education from grades 1-12. These include, EDUC 110 , EDUC 108 , EDUC 120 , EDUC 216 , EDUC 217 , and EDUC 225 .
Please note: EDUC 100 and EDUC 110 require 30 hours of unsupervised field observations.
Students enrolled in a field course (ECCE 122 , ECCE 123 , ECCE 226 , ECCE 227 ) may be required to submit to the center, school or agency any one of the following documents: copy of a recent TB test, background check, finger printing document and/or secure personal and/or professional references.
Students employed at a licensed and/or credentialed child-care or school setting that are enrolled in ECCE 122 , ECCE 123 , ECCE 226 , ECCE 227 , or ECCE 290 may be approved for a work exchange placement. Students are required to meet with the Department Chair to determine eligibility as well as complete required paperwork.
It is possible to pursue some of the Early Childhood associate’s degree through online and evening. Courses currently being offered online include:ECCE 115 , ECCE 122 , ECCE 123 , ECCE 200 , ECCE 201 , ECCE 213 , ECCE 214 , ECCE 226 , ECCE 227 , ECCE 231 , EDUC 100 , EDUC 108 , EDUC 110 , EDUC 120 , EDUC 216 , EDUC 217 , AND EDUC 225 . Many courses are offered in the evenings both on and off campus.
Program Entrance Requirements
|Algebra or 1 unit of equivalent academic math
||Fall and Spring
||A 2.0 GPA is required for transfer. Additional social science or humanities recommended.
||80 or above
See Technical Standards for Admission, Promotion and Graduation for the Teacher Preparation Department.
The estimated cost of books for the student enrolled in the first full-time term as outlined would be approximately $695.