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Early Childhood Development

Early Childhood Development

Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences

Why Study Early Childhood Development?

The certificate program is for students who are seeking a career in early childhood settings such as: Head Start Centers, pre-K programs, nursery schools and childcare centers.

Occupational Objectives:

The AS Teacher Transfer program will prepare students to transfer to a baccalaureate program to continue their education in early childhood education (Birth – grade 2), childhood education (Grades 1-6) or adolescence education (Grades 7-12). Students who complete the program and want to seek immediate employment may obtain positions as teaching assistants.

Sample Courses:

  • Infant and Toddler Development
  • Intro to Early Childhood
  • Early Childhood Curriculum
  • Applied Early Childhood Dev.
  • Creative Arts Workshop


Degree Sheets Academics & Degrees Courses

Program Goals:

The program will provide students with an effective, rigorous, and dynamic liberal arts and theoretical based program that will assist students in becoming effective teaching professionals. Students enroll in course work that will prepare them for the required Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAST) New York State Teacher Certification Exam.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Develop and demonstrate mastery of effective verbal, non-verbal and written communication skills
  • Develop critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Develop and demonstrate knowledge of core theories and practices of child and/or adolescence growth and development
  • Develop an understanding of the many cultures and family configurations in society as well as an awareness of the racial, ethnic, equity, justice and gender issues facing youth in schools today
  • Develop a sense of professionalism and exhibit high ethical standards in all dealings with colleagues, adults, children and families
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