Early Childhood Administration (A.A.S.)

This two-year associate degree is designed for individuals who are interested in entering the field of child care administration or opening their own home childcare facility.

Degree coursework will provide students with a solid foundation in childhood education to prepare them for both teaching and administering a program.

The degree also offers students the courses and credits in early childhood administration that are needed for the Child Program Administrator Credential (CPAC) offered by the New York State Association for the Education of Young Children. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be prepared to submit the required portfolio for the CPAC credential.

The college also offers a certificate program in Early Childhood Administration for those who are already working in the field.

The degree program is offered through the college's Teacher Preparation Department.

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Program Highlights

  • The 62 credit degree includes 24 credits in early childhood education and 18 credits in early childhood administration.
  • Child care teachers with this associate's degree, one year teaching experience, and the CPAC will have the credentials needed to become a child care director and will be well prepared to open a family child care center.
  • The program can be completed through either full- or part-time study.
  • New York State Child Care Educational Incentive Program (EIP) funding may cover all or some of the cost of the certificate coursework.

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Career and Transfer Opportunities

This degree is for individuals who wish to become a child care director or to open their own family child care home. Graduates of the program are also prepared to work as an administrator in an agency that serves children and families.

The New York State Capital Region Occupational Projections for educational administrators for preschool and child care shows ''very favorable employment prospects" with a growth rate of 10.5 percent.

ONET Online shows a projected growth between 2015 and 2022 of faster than average (15 – 21 percent) with 27,800 projected job openings in preschool and childcare center program administration.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook between 2015 and 2022 shows faster than average (17 percent increase) growth in preschool and child care director positions with median pay in 2015 at $43,950 per year.

Salaries vary based on position and degree attainment. Here are median salaries taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of 2015): Preschool and Childcare Center Directors, $45,670.

The Center for Careers and Transfer offers Career Services and Transfer Services to all students.

For more information regarding this program, contact:

Antoinette Howard
Department Chair
Teacher Preparation Department
Higbee Hall, Room 109
(518) 629-7250
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For more information about admission to this program, contact:

Admissions Office
Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223
(518) 629-7309