Early Care

Certificate Program

This one year childhood education program provides coursework for those who work with or plan to work with young children in preschool and pre-kindergarten settings of all kinds. Students will receive a basic understanding of principles of early care education, child growth and development, and will develop specific skills in planning and implementing the curriculum for young children. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be prepared to assume positions in child care classrooms, as well as home-based or center-based child care facilities. The certificate program may also allow further advancement within the day care setting.

Recommended preparation includes a high school diploma or equivalent including courses in mathematics and science. All college placement test recommendations must be completed prior to full admission to the program.

Students may choose to continue their studies and complete an Associate in Science, Liberal Arts degree, or an Associate of Arts Education degree, leading to successful transfer to a four-year school. Graduates of this certificate are not qualified for NYS Teacher Certification (requires a baccalaureate degree).

In cooperation with the Child Care Council and NYAEYC, the program is designed to meet the education coursework requirements for either the Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) or the Infant Toddler Care and Education Credentialing.

(Housed in the Education Department)

Distribution RequirementsCredit Hours
ENG 101 College Composition OR
ENG 200 Advanced Composition
HED 116 Issues in Child Development and Health3
HED 118 Introduction to Safety and Emergency Care3
HUM 101 Introduction to Human Services4
HUM 111 Fieldwork in Human Services I2
PSY 101 Introductory Psychology3
PSY 201 Developmental Psychology - Child3
EDU 150 Performance and Presentations SKills for Educators3
Any four ECE courses9-12

For information related to cost, success rate, and student debt in this program, please visit Early Care - Gainful Employment Information.