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 child care facility. Degree coursework will provide you with a solid foundation in childhood education to prepare you for both teaching and administering a program.

The degree also offers the courses and credits in early childhood administration 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, you will be prepared to submit the required portfolio for the CPAC credential.

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.

New York State Child Care Educational Incentive Program (EIP) funding may cover all or some of the cost of the certificate coursework.

The college also offers an Early Childhood Administration certificate program 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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Career Opportunities

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

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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.

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Salaries vary based on position and degree attainment. Here are median salaries taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of 2017): Preschool and Child Care Center Directors, $38,140.

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.