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Early Childhood: A.A.S.

Associate in Applied Science

CIP Code: 19.0708


The mission of the Early Childhood A.A.S. program is to prepare students for immediate employment in early childhood settings as a Lead Teacher.  The Early Childhood A.A.S. Degree program is made up of a planned sequence of college courses that emphasize the professional practices based on child development theories.  Accessibility is offered to a culturally and socio-economically diverse population.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain the history, philosophy and ethics of early childhood and elementary education.
  2. Describe child development and learning theories relevant to young children and how they relate to children's development and learning.
  3. Apply and evaluate developmentally appropriate practice in accordance with various ages and stages of development.
  4. Demonstrate a proficiency in various formal and informal assessment methods used to document children's development (EX: anecdotals, checklists, running records, time samples, frequency counts, work samples).
  5. Interpret observations and evaluate children's social, physical, literacy, intellectual, creative and emotional development for developmentally appropriate practice.
  6. Identify common developmental delays and four types of child abuse.
  7. Produce a comprehensive child study that demonstrates knowledge of child development with appropriate curriculum recommendations that are documented with actual observation recordings.
  8. Communicate a professional and positive disposition in all coursework related experiences.
  9. Recognize the ecological relationships that exist between family, community and curriculum as they relate to children's development and learning.
  10. Evaluate and implement best practices when teaching young children.
  11. Communicate effectively.
  12. Collaborate constructively with peers.
  13. Demonstrate competence in planning and implementing developmentally appropriate curriculum in a supervised field experience.
  14. Act ethically and practice professionalism in all coursework related experiences.
  15. Classify and explore current issues in early childhood education and their impact on children, families and society.

Program Supervisor

Lisa Strahley, Chairperson
Teacher Education and Early Childhood Education Department
Office: Titchener Hall, Room 210
Telephone: +1 (607) 778-5029
Email: strahleyla@sunybroome.edu

The Early Childhood program leads to an Associate in Applied Science degree and is designed to prepare graduates for immediate employment or to enhance the skills and advancement opportunities of those already employed.

Some Early Childhood Education courses may meet requirements for the Child Development Associate (CDA) credentials.  ECE 110 - Introduction to Early Education (3 credits), ECE 175 - Techniques of Observation and Evaluation (3 credits), and ECE 120 - Curriculum Development (3 credits) are recommended.

A certificate in Early Childhood may be awarded with successful completion of the first two semesters of coursework.

Teacher Certification transfer students should enroll as Liberal Arts: General Studies - Education (LAGS EDU) students for an A.S.degree.

Some Early Childhood Education courses may transfer for those seeking early childhood teacher certification. Verify with transfer institution.

Sequence of Courses

This model is a two-year course schedule for students meeting all program requirements and deciding to pursue full-time study. Schedules will be redesigned for those requiring preparatory courses or those deciding to pursue part-time study.

First Year

Spring Semester (16-17 Credits)

  • Early Childhood Education (3 Credits)
  • Mathematics [MAT 113 or higher] (3-4 Credits)
  • Physical Education (cardiovascular) (1 Credit)


Early Childhood students completing these courses may file for a certificate.

Second Year

Fall Semester (16-17 Credits)

  • Early Childhood Education (3 Credits)
  • Civic Education [ECO 111, POS 201, HIS 130, HIS 131, SOS 111, SOS 120, SOC 110, or SOC 111] (3 Credits)
  • Laboratory Science [BIO 111, BIO 131, or PHS 111-117] (3-4 Credits)
  • Art or Humanities (3 Credits)

Spring Semester (16 Credits)

  • Early Childhood Education (3 Credits)
  • Early Childhood Education or ECE related course [LIT 263, SOC 230, ASL 120, PHI 201, PSY 223 or other course approved by the Department Chair] (3 Credits)

Minimum Graduation Requirement: 64 Credits