Early Childhood (A.A.S. and certificate)

Early Childhood A.A.S.

The Early Childhood A.A.S. program’s role is to guide individuals in acquiring the knowledge and skills necessary to foster the development and constructive education of young children. The program strives to model and promote high quality early childhood education in the community. The Early Childhood program enables graduates to:

  • demonstrate the proficiency, knowledge, and skills necessary to promote the heal thy development of young children;
  • demonstrate the proficiency of knowledge and skills necessary to provide an appropriate education for young children ages birth to 8 years;
  • be responsive and supportive to those community agencies that serve young children and their families; and
  • demonstrate professionalism in the area of early childhood education.

Graduates of the program are qualified to work with children ages birth to 8 years in a number of environments including preschools, nursery schools, daycare, public schools, early intervention agencies, and Head Start. The hands-on approach to the curriculum requires students to participate in 300 hours of supervised internship in area schools and/or agencies. In addition, students interact regularly with the children in the SCCC Montessori Preschool, an on-site lab school.

Early Childhood Certificate

The Early Childhood Certificate is designed to prepare students who wish to work with children birth through 8 years in a variety of early childhood environments. The courses provide an understanding of the developmental needs of children along with specific skills for working with children. In addition, there is a work experience in which students spend eight hours per week working directly with children in a supervised setting. This program also can serve as a stepping stone for those who want to pursue an A.A.S. or A.S. degree in a related field.

For more information on our Early Childhood Education programs please view the degree requirements and contact:
Professor Tammy Calhoun
Gateway, Room 131
(518) 381-1295

Or contact Professor Deb Ahola
Gateway, Room 130
(518) 381-1402

NOTE: All students entering ECH 131 and ECH 231 will submit and/or take part in the following during the first week of class:

  • "I Will" statement upholding NAEYC Code of Ethics and SCCC Professional Behaviors;
  • notarized Criminal Conviction Statement;
  • medical documentation of negative TB test; and
  • SCCC Child Protection Policy training by the SCCC Director of Security (date of training to be determined by ECH faculty).