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Early Childhood AAS

Program Type: Career
Delivery Method: On-campus
Personal Interests: Love of learning, working with young children, shaping future generations
Skill Development: Teaching, communication, educating, creativity, problem solving
Career Options: Early childhood care and education
Program Code: HEGIS 5503

Work with children and families as you study early childhood

Jefferson’s Early Childhood A.A.S. program prepares students like you to learn the fundamentals of educating young children so you can get a job in the field once you complete the degree. You will gain practical skills for working with young children and their families in infant/toddler or preschool settings. Two fieldwork placements are required and you could be placed with area Head Start programs, Fort Drum Child Development Centers, and the Campus Early Childhood Learning Center.

The program consists of 62 hours of academic credit, with most of your classes directly in early childhood education.

This program offers:

  • Strong connection to local employers
  • Broad-based perspective that prepares you for early childhood education and related fields
  • Opportunities to complete service projects and engage in a student club that benefit local children and their families
  • Hands-on learning and observation experiences

Join the growing early childhood education field

Studies show that children who attend preschool are better prepared socially, emotionally, and academically for kindergarten. As an Early Childhood A.A.S. graduate, you’ll have the skills you need to help young children make developmental strides. Plus, you’ll enjoy a highly satisfying career in a growing field.

Learn to help young children grow and develop

When you complete the Early Childhood A.A.S. degree you will be able to:

  • Help children grow and develop using best practices
  • Build relationships with children and their families and within your community
  • Observe and assess young children to customize curriculum

Transfer is an option

Although this degree is designed as a career program many Jefferson graduates transfer to a number of colleges to pursue a bachelor’s degree, including SUNY Empire State College, SUNY Cortland, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Canton and Cazenovia. If you know you want to transfer, you might want to consider our Early Childhood A.S. degree.

Degree requirements for Early Childhood A.A.S.

Humanities (9 credit hours)

ENG 101: Research and Composition 
Humanities Electives (Chosen from from ART, MUS, STA, ENG, PHI, Language)

Social Science (12 credit hours)

PSY 133: Introduction to Psychology 
PSY 220: Child and Adolescent Development 
SOC 144: Introduction to Sociology 
SOC 241: Marriage and Family 

Early Childhood (21 credit hours)

ECD 101: Introduction to Early Childhood Care and Education 
ECD 181: Child Health and Safety 
ECD 190: Observation and Assessment of Young Children’s Development 
ECD 201: Lesson Planning, Environments, and Resources (Age 3 - 6) 
ECD 202: Lesson Planning, Environments, and Resources (Birth - 36 months) 
ECD 240: Fieldwork in Early Childhood Education (Age 3 - 6) 
ECD 280: Fieldwork in Early Childhood Care and Education (Birth - 36 months)

Mathematics and Sciences (6-8 credit hours)

Biology Elective (BIO 106: Human Biology recommended) 
Mathematics Elective (MTH 144: Elementary Statistics recommended) 

Restricted Electives (6 credit hours)

Chosen from any ANT, HIS, POL, HUS, ECD, PSY, SOC course
or STA 101: Fundamentals of Oral Communication

Free Electives (6 credit hours)

Physical Education (2 credit hours)

TOTAL 62-64 credit hours


Program contacts

Gwen Francis-Frey
Education Department Chair
(315) 786-2362

Jeri Fairman
Associate Vice President for Liberal Arts 
(315) 786-6542


Application and Admissions Information
Enrollment Services
Jules Center, building 6, suite 6-010
(315) 786-2437 or toll free 1-888-435-6522