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Early Childhood

For you if you are interested in a career or further study in child care, preschool, or early childhood education. A strong mix of early childhood courses and a foundation in liberal arts provides marketable skills for working in a preschool or child care setting or as a teaching assistant. With further study, you may pursue teaching certification.


Program Learning Outcomes

Early Childhood A.A.S. students will:

  • Apply early childhood education principles to your classroom
  • Develop curriculum for an early childhood program
  • Successfully manage a classroom
  • Provide for ethnic/cultural/racial diversity
  • Manage day-to-day classroom responsibilities
  • Conduct long-range planning
  • Prepare teacher-resource materials for use in the classroom
  • Develop developmentally appropriate lessons
  • Be aware of the information that students should know
  • Successfully integrate all subject areas on a daily basis
  • Continue your education at a 4-year institution


Cayuga Success Stories

“I knew I wanted to be a teacher, but I wanted to go to Cayuga to make sure it was the right move. It couldn't have worked out better.”  — B. Allan '01; transferred to SUNY Cortland, now teaches physical education at an elementary school

“Everyone was so friendly, and there is continued support. I feel very confident and so well prepared.”  — T. Denman '01; transferred to SUNY Cortland, is now a preschool teacher in the Auburn Enlarged City School District

“I really felt confidence in what I achieved. The material required of us became resources that I use now in the classroom.”  — T. Querns '01; transferred to SUNY Cortland, is now an elementary teacher in the Auburn Enlarged City School District

“This was the best program I could have chosen for my field. Cayuga gave me everything I need to teach successfully. Class discussion was very much encouraged. The program taught me to raise the bar and to excel in what I do.”  — P. Lupo '02, ; transferred to SUNY Cortland and is now curriculum coordinator at Neighborhood House Child Care Center


Transfer Information

Upon completing the Early Childhood program at Cayuga, students seeking bachelor's degrees have successfully transferred into Keuka College, SUNY Colleges at Cortland and Oswego, and other colleges and universities.


Program Highlights

  • On-site preschool for real-world experience and practical application of classroom theory
  • Opportunities to gain further experience at licensed child care centers, preschools, and Head Start programs in the surrounding area
  • Coursework applicable toward the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential
  • Concentration in Early Childhood within Liberal Arts degree for those who intend to transfer and wish more flexibility in first two years of study.
  • Classes combine theory and hands-on learning.
  • Evening, weekend, and online courses accommodate students' varying schedules.
  • Individual counseling by experienced faculty members helps match career planning to each student's skills and interests.
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For information, please contact:

Patricia Gridley, PhD.
315-255-1743, x 2478