SUNY Jefferson

Early Childhood AS

Program Type: Transfer
Delivery Method: On-campus
Personal Interests: Love of learning, working with young children, shaping future generations
Skill Development: Teaching, communication, education principles and processes, 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.S. program prepares students like you to continue your studies in early childhood or related fields at a four-year college or university. You will gain practical skills for working with young children and their families in infant/toddler or preschool settings.

Jefferson graduates have been 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, including the bulk of your general education classes, and classes that meet National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards and professional learning outcomes for early childhood students.

This program offers:

  • Strong foundation for further study and career
  • Broad-based perspective that prepares you for early childhood education and related fields
  • Opportunities to complete service projects that benefit local children and their families
  • Tuition savings on your core education classes

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.S. graduate, you’ll have the skills you need in childhood psychology, lesson planning, and child development to help young children make developmental strides. Plus, you’ll enjoy a highly satisfying career in a growing field.

Job prospects are expected to increase by 16 percent through 2026 for candidates with state or federal certifications required for employment as teachers or administrators in preschools, daycare centers, or similar institutions.

Learn to help young children grow and develop

When you complete the Early Childhood 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 to the bachelor’s program of your choice

Jefferson graduates can 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 are looking to start your career after you graduate, you might be interested in our Early Childhood A.A.S.

Degree requirements for Early Childhood A.S.

Humanities (9 credit hours)

ENG 101: Research and Composition 
Choose one course from Knowledge Area of the Arts or Foreign Language in the SUNY General Education Course List
Choose one course from the Knowledge Area in Humanities in the SUNY General Education Course List
  (ENG 114: Survey of Early Childhood Literature - recommended)

Social Science (12 credit hours)

PSY 133: Introduction to Psychology 
PSY 220: Child and Adolescent Development 
SOC 144: Introduction to Sociology 
HIS 150: American History to 1877 OR HIS 151: American History 1877 to Present 

Early Childhood (15 credit hours)

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

Mathematics and Sciences (10 credit hours)

BIO 106: Human Biology 
MTH 144: Elementary Statistics OR MTH 148: Mathematical Reasoning for Elementary Teachers 1 
Mathematics or Science Elective 

General Education (3 credit hours)

Choose from one of the following SUNY General Education List areas NOT used above: Foreign Languages, Arts, Western Civilization, Other World Civilizations, or Humanities 

Free Electives (12 credit hours)

Physical Education (2 credit hours)

TOTAL 63 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