We offer coursework that prepares you to work in the early child care and education profession, such as day care programs, infant/toddler and nursery school settings, pre-K and Head Start. (Empire State College does not offer undergraduate teacher certification programs to teach in public schools. To find out about the teaching certification requirements in your state, contact your state education department. In New York state, go to www.nysed.gov.) Your individually designed degree program may be an associate or a bachelor’s degree, or both. You develop a concentration in early childhood or a related field.
Total Credits Required
Early childhood studies are offered in a variety of formats across the college, including online courses, study groups, independent studies and residencies. See below for a sample of course options. For a complete listing of all available studies and online courses.
The college accepts credits from accredited institutions if those credits are appropriate for your degree program at Empire State College. Up to 96 credits can be transferred.
In addition to degree programs, the college provides you with the academic preparation required for the Children’s Program Administrator Credential and the Infant-Toddler Care and Education Credential offered by the New York State Association for the Education of Young Children (NYSAEYC).