Early Childhood

This program provides students with a background in general education and specific skills necessary to work effectively with young children. The curriculum is designed to prepare students, through class and laboratory experience, to become a teacher (head of group) or assistant in preschool/day care/nursery school settings.

Upon successful completion of a NYSED exam, graduates may become teacher assistants in a public school. This degree, with experience and further coursework, qualifies graduates to become the director of a child care center.

The College conducts an on-campus Laboratory Nursery School where students can gain practical teaching experience under professional supervision. Students also participate in various day care centers, pre-schools and kindergartens in the community.

The Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree is awarded upon completion of the requirements for this program.

Upon completion of the ECH program, students will be able to display knowledge and appropriate applications in the following areas:

• Promote child development and learning by creating a learning environment that addresses the developmental characteristics and needs of young children.

• Build family and community relationships by demonstrating the learners’ understanding of the impact on children’s development and learning of families and the communities in which they live.

• Observe, document and assess to support young children and their families by using systematic observations, documentation and other strategies to develop age-appropriate curricula and strategies to positively impact on children’s development and learning and communicate with families and other professionals.

• Actuate the teaching and learning process by integrating the knowledge of developmentally effective approaches to design, implement and evaluate learning experiences for young children in a variety of curricular areas.

• Become a professional by illustrating an understanding of the ethical implications and consequences of decisions regarding policies and practices in early childhood.

Courses should be selected in consultation with an advisor.

First Semester

Course No. Descriptive Title Credit Hours
ENG 101 Composition I 3
PSY 111 Psychological Principles I 3
ECH 101 Introduction to Early Childhood 3
ECH 102 Introductory Seminar: Programs for
Young Children
ECH 120 Infant and Toddler Curriculum 3
ECH 121 Infant and Toddler Curriculum Fieldwork (a) 1
ECH 111 Curriculum Activities for Young Children 2
TOTAL   16

Second Semester

Course No. Descriptive Title Credit Hours
ENG 102 Composition II 3
ECH 107 Preparing to Teach Young Children 2
ECH 108 Early Childhood Practicum I (a) 2
PSY 221 Child Development 3
SPE 101, PSY 134, or PSY 206 3
BIO 103 Human Biology 4
TOTAL   17

Third Semester

Course No. Descriptive Title Credit Hours
ECH 254 Foundations and Issues in Early
Childhood Education
ECH 205 Early Childhood Practicum II (a) 4
BHS 103 Social Problems in Today's World 3
ECO 105, GOV 121, HIS 104, HIS 108 3
WFE 101 Lifetime Wellness and Fitness 3
TOTAL   16

Fourth Semester

Course No. Descriptive Title Credit Hours
ECH 206 Early Childhood Practicum III (a) 4
ECH 212 Language and Literature in
Early Childhood
ECH 214 Observation and Assessment 3
BIO 104 Environmental Biology 4
Free Elective (b)   3-4
TOTAL   17-18


In addition to the course requirements for this curriculum, all matriculated students must demonstrate proficiency in basic quantitative skills by earning a passing score on the numerical skills placement test. Students who do not earn a passing score on this test will be required to take CSM 090 and earn a grade of C or better.

a. Transportation to and from practicum sites is the responsibility of the student. All students are required to submit a completed physical examination form within the two weeks of the beginning of the semester. Forms are available at the College Health Office.

b. Read a full discussion of the free elective requirement. The subject area for Early Childhood includes all courses labeled ECH.