The Early Childhood degree presents you with a broad understanding of the psychological, emotional, intellectual and developmental needs of children. You will have the opportunity to explore the foundations of education and child development in a culturally sensitive, inclusive and interactive environment.

The program emphasizes direct work with children in various early childhood education settings. You will spend one day a week during your first year and two days a week during your second year placed in student teaching. These field experiences take place under the supervision of a college faculty member.

This training and coursework prepare you to work in an early childhood education setting or transfer to a four-year program. Transfer agreements are in place with several local colleges that offer bachelor's degree programs.

This program is offered by the Teacher Preparation Department.

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Career Opportunities

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Recent employers have included: Greenbush Child Caring; Noah's Ark Preschool; North Albany YMCA Daycare Center; Robert C. Parker School; Samaritan-Rensselaer Children's Center; Viking Child Care Center; Washington County Head Start; and Woodland Hill Montessori School.

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This degree qualifies graduates for jobs in public and private agencies, and at schools that serve young children, including day care and nursery school teachers, teaching assistants and substitute teachers, and staff employees in hospital pediatric wards or developmental facilities.

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Salaries vary based on position and degree attainment. Here are median salaries taken from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of 2017): Child Care Worker, $22,210; Preschool and Child Care Center Directors, $38,140; Preschool Teachers, $24,580.

Jenny Edwards at commencement
“It’s humbling to be back in college. But my professor, Eileen Mahoney, took the time to help me through that first semester.”

Get in Touch

Department or program information:

Antoinette Howard
TEACHER PREPARATION DEPARTMENT CHAIRPERSON
Higbee Hall, Room 109
NOTE: Employers looking to hire students from these programs should contact the Center for Careers and Transfer.

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.