EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION A.A.S.

This program is designed for persons interested in child care, preschool, and early childhood education.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Apply content knowledge in academic disciplines to design, implement, and evaluate curriculum for children birth to age eight.
  • Utilize appropriate methods and materials to facilitate learning (social, emotional, physical, and cognitive) for all children birth to age eight.
  • Utilize a variety of assessment tools to understand children and provide appropriate experiences for all children birth to age eight.
  • Provide for the diverse needs of children and families by articulating the various factors (family, community, learning environment) that influence growth and development of children from birth to age eight.
  • Exhibit professionalism including: ethical standards, collaborative learning, self-assessment, on-going learning, and advocacy.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

In order to graduate with the AAS degree in Early Childhood, students must demonstrate competency (a grade of C- or higher) in five Key Assessments. The Key Assessments are completed in each of the core early childhood courses (ECH 101, 102, 103, 104, 110, and 111 and BEH 101). This requirement also applies to students who have transferred credits to Cayuga from another college. Please contact the Early Childhood coordinator if you have any questions.

PROGRAM ACCREDITATION

This degree is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), 1313 L. Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005, www.naeyc.org.

GENERAL INFORMATION

For individuals interested in working with children, Cayuga also offers a Liberal Arts A.A. degree with an Early Childhood concentration, as well as an Early Childhood Certificate and Teacher Assistant and Child Development Associate (CDA) coursework. In addition, the College also offers Liberal Arts/Adolescence Education, Liberal Arts/Childhood Education and an Education concentration.

TRANSFER INFORMATION

Students planning to transfer into a four-year degree program in Early Childhood should contact their advisor, the College’s transfer counselor, or the Early Childhood coordinator to plan the most appropriate course sequence for optimum transferability. It is suggested that students who wish to transfer into four-year degree programs complete the A.A. degree in Liberal Arts with an Early Childhood concentration.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Students must be able to satisfactorily and safely perform duties associated with the care and education of children from birth to eight years of age. Download the Technical Standards for the degree.

Students are required to have police and child abuse clearances and physical examinations prior to beginning their field experience classes (ECH 103 and 104).
Note: Students with certain criminal histories will not be able to satisfy field experience requirements for the completion of the degree. In addition, students are required to submit to alcohol and/or drug testing upon request by either the College or any of the cooperating field placement sites. Students who test positive are subject to removal from the field placement and will therefore not be able to satisfy requirements for the completion of the degree. Refusal to submit to the test will result in the student being asked to leave the field placement site and may result in dismissal from the course and/or the program.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

COURSES CREDIT HOURS
FIRST SEMESTER
ENGL 101 Freshman English I 3
ART 103 Essentials of Art 3
PSY 101 Intro Psychology 3
ECH 110 Methods and Materials in Early Childhood Education 3
EDU 120 Technology for Teachers 1
CAY 101 Foundations of College Success 3
16
SECOND SEMESTER
BEH 101 Language and Literacy Development 3
ENGL 221 Effective Speech: Public Address 3
ECH 111 Infants and Toddlers 3
PSY 215 Child Psychology 3
P.E. 145 First Aid 1
P.E. 199 Physical Education for Children 2
15
THIRD SEMESTER
ENGL 209 Children’s Literature 3
ECH 101 Intro Early Childhood Education 3
ECH 103 Early Childhood Field Experience I 3
ECH 222 Teaching Math & Science 3
HIST 103 Pre-History & Early Am. History 3
PSY 217 Intro Children with Exceptionalities 3
18
FOURTH SEMESTER
BIOL 209 Basic Nutrition 3
HLTH 103 Health 1
ECH 102 Curriculum and Assessment 3
ECH 104 Early Childhood Field Exp. II 3
Electives 2
P.E. 146 CPR Basic Support 1
13
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 62