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.

Mission

The Early Childhood 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 program prepares graduates to:

Goal #1: Demonstrate professional knowledge of early childhood development

  • Identify the major milestones of social, emotional, physical, language and creative development in young children.
  • Analyze and evaluate the major theoretical perspectives of childhood development.
  • Identify, analyze and evaluate current research in the ; area of child development using a variety of print and electronic resources.
  • Analyze the ways in which culture, society and (chronology) integrally inform typical and atypical development.

Goal #2: Plan, implement, assess and evaluate a developmentally appropriate curriculum that aligns with standards set forth by National Association for the Education of Young Children, New York State Early Learning Guidelines and The Common Core.

  • Design environments and curriculum in accordance with NAEYC Standards, NYS Early Learning Guidelines (ELG) and The Common Core.
  • Demonstrate an ability to apply and utilize research-based methods of instruction and teaching strategies designed to optimize early childhood education.
  • Assess and evaluate early childhood physical and social-emotional environments.

Goal #3: Demonstrate the skills and abilities of the effective early childhood teaching professional.

  • Observe and document the characteristics of a child’s development as well as the learning environment in order to authentically assess each.
  • Critically evaluate information regarding child development and early childhood education best practices to inform decision-making processes.
  • Communicate effectively within academic, community     and/or professional environments both orally and in writing using appropriate English conventions.

Goal #4: Demonstrate an understanding of the role of the early childhood professional dedicated to ethical practice and cultural responsiveness.

  • Analyze and apply the Core Body of Knowledge (CBK) conceptual framework.
  • Investigate early childhood professional organizations.
  • Identify and demonstrate ethical standards and professional guidelines put forth by NAYEC and SUNY Schenectady respectively.

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
calhoutb@sunysccc.edu

Or contact Professor Deb Ahola
Gateway, Room 130
(518) 381-1402
aholada@sunysccc.edu.

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).