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Early Care

In just one year, you'll be ready to make a big difference in young lives

Monroe Community College’s early care certificate program offers specialty training within the college’s highly-regarded education department. In one year, you’ll take the coursework and learn the skills you need to make a big difference in young lives, as you work with children in preschool and pre-kindergarten settings.

You may also earn course credit based on prior learning. Learn how to test out of courses and earn credit with CLEP.

Our graduates find rewarding positions in a number of environments, including

  • Child care centers
  • Family child care homes
  • In-home care
  • Private preschool programs

Local Pre-K Programs Need Highly-Skilled, Dedicated Teachers

In the early care certificate program at MCC, you’ll gain skills in:

  • Early care education
  • Child growth and development
  • Planning and implementing curriculum for young children

Upon completion of the program, you’ll be well-prepared for positions in child care classrooms, as well as home-based or center-based child care facilities – and you may qualify for further advancement in the field.

Your job title could be:

  • Child care aide
  • Preschool teacher
  • Child care practitioner
  • Nanny

You may also choose to transfer your credits to one of MCC’s associate degree programs in teacher education.

MCC created this certificate program in conjunction with the Child Care Council and NYSAEYC, and it meets the education coursework requirements for either the Child Development Associate Credential™ (CDA) or the Infant-Toddler Care and Education Credentials.

To find out more about the early care certificate from Monroe Community College, contact the admissions office at or (585) 292-2200.


Certificate Program

Department:Dept. of Education & Human Services

School(s): Community Engagement & Development

MCC Program Code: EE02

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 in 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)

Program Learning Outcomes
1) Articulate the basic needs of young children and how they will successfully provide developmentally appropriate support and guidance.
2) Demonstrate understanding of child development at the particular ages and stages of infant, toddler, preschool and early school age children.

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Requirements for Program Entrance
High school graduate or high school equivalency diploma.

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
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