The early childhood education program prepares students to provide high-quality care and education of young children birth through age eight. Through experiential learning, students plan and implement activities appropriate to the developing child. Students also demonstrate knowledge in creating and administering a safe, healthy environment that uses developmentally appropriate curriculum practices. Students will demonstrate professionalism through adherence to the ethical and professional standards
of the early childhood education profession. The program provides a theoretical base in the growth and development of young children and early childhood education curricula and activities. The practical experiences in various early childhood education settings facilitate the development of the skills needed to implement curriculum that fosters the cognitive, motor, social and emotional development of the child.
The early childhood education associate of applied science degree program prepares individuals for staff placement in:
• Child care centers
• Family child care
• Head start programs
• Public school latchkey programs
• Other programs involved in the care and guidance of children and their families.
Certificate Program: Early Childhood Education
The early childhood education certificate program is designed for students who will work with and teach young children. Students may use this curriculum to meet state licensing requirements to provide child care in homes, centers and other facilities or for
positions as assistant teachers in child care programs. A minimum of 31 credit hours is required for the early childhood education certificate. Courses for the certificate can be applied toward the associate degree.
Child Development Associate
Students may pursue formal child care education toward the child development associate credential by completing a program of training, experience and assessment outlined by the Council for Professional Recognition. It is the council’s goal to credential
qualified caregivers who work with children ages birth to five nationwide.
The training consists of 120 clock hours of instruction addressing the competency goals in the functional areas identified by the council. At Monroe County Community College, this training can be obtained by completing three courses: ECE 102, ECE 104,
and ECE 108 for the Infant and Toddler credential or ECE 102, ECE 104, and ECE 200 for the Preschool credential.
The candidate must document 120 hours of formal training through coursework, complete 480 hours of current experience working with children, and complete documentation as required by the Council for Professional Recognition to be considered for
the CDA credential. The Council for Professional Recognition makes the final decision on awarding the CDA credential.
Students who have completed the CDA training by completing the courses outlined above may apply that coursework toward the two-year associate of applied science degree program.