Early Childhood (A.A.S.)

HEGIS: 5503

SUNY CODE: 1327

The Early Childhood program is designed to prepare students for a career in teaching young children

Students who plan to transfer into four-year teacher preparation programs should major in Liberal Arts and Sciences: Childhood Education, not Early Childhood.

The goals of this program are to:

  • prepare students to interact with young children in a professional, supportive, and developmentally appropriate manner;
  • prepare students to design and implement a developmentally appropriate curriculum that addresses children’s cognitive, social, emotional and physical needs; and
  • prepare students to identify a wide variety of diverse cultural norms that impact children's learning.

Successful graduates from this program will be able to:

  • interact with young children in professional, supportive and developmentally appropriate manner;
  • design and implement a developmentally appropriate curriculum that addresses children’s cognitive, social, emotional and physical needs. They will also be able to utilize literary, artistic, and musical components in their lesson and curriculum development; and
  • identify the diverse cultural differences that children are being raised with and how that impacts their learning. The students will be able to teach to a wide range of learning styles and incorporate developmentally appropriate teaching techniques which incorporate aesthetic awareness of other cultures.

Career Opportunities/Transfer Information

Graduates will be prepared to accept positions ranging from Teacher Assistant to Teacher in Child Day Care Centers, Preschools, Head Start programs and a variety of other early childhood facilities. Students who complete the AAS degree in Early Childhood with a minimum of a 2.5 grade point average, will be guaranteed admission into the Bachelor of Science degree in Child Care & Development at Cobleskill Technology College with full junior status.

Program of Study

1st Year

1st Semester

ED 100Intro Early Childhood Ed

3

EN 111English I - College Writing

3

FS 100First Year Student Seminar

1

HE 128First Aid & CPR: Resp to Emer

2

HU 110Fund of Art in Early Child Ed

3

SS 151Intro Psychology

3

Total Credit Hours:15

2nd Semester

ED 250Child Growth & Development

3

OR

SS 152Developmental Psychology

3

ED 200Curr & Teaching in ECE

3

EN 112English II - Intro to Lit

3

EN 117Literature for Children

3

Mathematics Elective

3

Physical Education Activity

1

Total Credit Hours:16

2nd Year

3rd Semester

ED 221Practicum Early Childhood I

3

EN 228Interpersonal Communication

3

SS 161Introductory Sociology

3

SS 163Marriage and Family

3

Science Elective

3

Elective

3

Total Credit Hours:18

4th Semester

ED 222Pract II-Early Childhood

3

HU 210Fund Music Early Child Ed

3

ED 215Educating the Exceptional

3

SS 162Social Problems

3

Elective

3

Physical Education Activity

1

Total Credit Hours:16

Degree Requirements:

In order to earn the Associate in Applied Science degree in Early Childhood, students MUST:

Attain a “C” or better in the following courses:

ED 100Intro Early Childhood Ed

3

ED 200Curr & Teaching in ECE

3

ED 221Practicum Early Childhood I

3

Demonstrate positive interpersonal skills, professional behavior, ethical behavior and safe and appropriate teaching practices;

Earn a Certificate of Completion for the State Education Department approved workshop entitled “New York State Child Abuse and Maltreatment.”

Practicum Requirements

Required

ED 221Practicum Early Childhood I

3

ED 222Pract II-Early Childhood

3

ED 223Practicum in Education

3

ED 224Practicum in Education

3

1. Successful completion of:

ED 100Intro Early Childhood Ed

3

ED 200Curr & Teaching in ECE

3

HE 128First Aid & CPR: Resp to Emer

2

2. A physical examination and Mantoux TB Immunization performed within six (6) months of the scheduled practicum starting date.

3. Written approval (practicum contract) from both the appropriate Early Childhood faculty member and practicum site supervisor PRIOR to the semester in which the practicum will take place.

4. Students must follow the requirements as outlined in the Early Childhood Practicum Handbook.

5. Students will be required to meet their own travel needs during all practicum assignments.

Total Credit Hours: 65

For more information, contact the Humanities and Social Science Division at (315) 866-0300 or toll free 1-888-GO-4-HCCC, ext. 8200.