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.

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

Distribution Requirements
Credit Hours
ENG 101 College Composition OR
ENG 200 Advanced Composition
HED 116 Issues in Child Development and Health
HED 118 Introduction to Safety and Emergency Care
HUM 101 Introduction to Human Services
HUM 111 Fieldwork in Human Services I
PSY 101 Introductory Psychology
PSY 201 Developmental Psychology - Child
EDU 150 Performance and Presentations SKills for Educators
Any four ECE courses