Teacher Preparation

The Teacher Preparation Department prepares students to work professionally with all types of young children in schools and childcare agencies.


In our classes, students gain a broad understanding of the needs of children and adolescents and the methods of meeting those needs. The skills required for developmentally-appropriate early childhood education are taught through classroom theory, observation and student teaching in early childhood agencies and primary schools. Our course offerings are diverse, encompassing issues relative to children from birth to high school age. Faculty teach in a variety of learning environments to meet the diverse needs of our students such as on campus, off campus, online and on weekends. Students learn to understand how children develop emotionally, socially, physiologically and cognitively.

Students enrolled in our field-based courses complete field work in off-campus facilities to enhance their learning experiences. Our students engage in field experience within a school or childcare agency each term in urban, rural and suburban settings with traditional, high risk and special needs children.


Our programs are closely aligned with the criteria from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards and the Learning Standards of New York State, and are integrated into our departmental Conceptual Framework. Additionally, you can find teacher certification requirements by state at www.teachercertificationzone.com.

Program graduates have found satisfying career opportunities in a wide range of childcare agencies and as teaching assistants in local education agencies. While some graduates have gone directly from Hudson Valley Community College to employment, 70 - 75 percent continue their education at colleges and universities.

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Academic Advisement

Students in this department receive academic advisement through the Liberal Arts and General Studies Advisement Center. Additionally, the department has published a listing of Student Program Plans that may be used to plan your schedule.


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Department or program information:

Elizabeth A. Yanoff, Ph.D.
Education and Social Sciences DEPARTMENT CHAIRPERSON
Higbee Hall, Room 109

Program admission information:

Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223
Regular Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Summer Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.