The Early Childhood degree is designed to develop the skills needed to be a successful Early Childhood professional and is directed toward students planning to work with young children in a variety of early care and education settings, in titles such as assistant teacher or lead teacher. Early Childhood educators need to teach and develop programs, cultivate strong written and oral communication skills, and inform the public about children and family issues.


Minimum program credit hours: 60

Program Codes
Degree Option
Associate in Applied Science Degree
Hegis Code
Curriculum Code
General Requirements
18 credit hours Degree Requirements Met
ENG 1530: English Composition II3 BCOM H CENG
English Electives (college level)3 H CWRT
PSY 1510: General Psychology3 SOSC S SR
Social Sciences Electives3 S
Mathematics Electives (college level)3 N CMAT
Mathematics and Sciences Electives3 N
Core Requirements
36 credit hours Degree Requirements Met
EDU 1250: Early Childhood Development1
EDU 1260: Health, Safety & Nutrition in Early Childhood Development3
EDU 1290: Introduction to Early Childhood Education Care3
EDU 1300: Observation and Guidance of Young Children3
EDU 1310: Family, School, and Community Relations3
EDU 2150: Infant/Toddler Development and Education3 SOSC
EDU 2210: Field Placement I - Education4
EDU 2220: Field Placement II - Education3
EDU 2440: Children's Literature3
EDU 2450: Exceptional Children3 VEDP
EDU 2460: Exceptional Child Field Placement Seminar1
EDU 2510: Philosophy and Techniques of Early Childhood Education3
PSY 2520: Child Development3 S SR
6 credit hours Degree Requirements Met
Important Points
  • EDU 1250, 1260, and 1270 do not have an ENG 1530 eligibility prerequisite and are, therefore, ideal starting points for the student pursuing a certificate in early childhood development.

  • Individuals who have earned the Child Development ASSOCIATE (CDA) will receive these 10 JCC credits: EDU 1250, EDU 1260, EDU 1290, and EDU 2210.

  • Early childhood development certificate courses are designed as a career ladder leading to the ASSOCIATE degree. They therefore change according to changes in New York state education requirements.

  • Students must be willing to obtain and pay for any necessary physical or medical examinations or tests, which are required by some internship agencies.

  • Enrollment in the program does not guarantee acceptance into field placements in the program.

  • Students must complete an application for EDU/HUS 2210: Field Placement I, and approval of the application is required for the filed placement to commence. For students pursuing a human services career path, HUS 1210: Introduction to Human Services with a grade of C or better is the prerequisite. EDU 1290: Introduction to Early Education and Care with a grade of C or better is the prerequisite.

  • Some internship agencies require FBI or Child Abuse Registry checks. These processes can be lengthy and may require up to four months in order for approval to be obtained prior to placement.

  • Field placement will take place with children in an educational setting.

  • HUS 1280: Introduction to Family Systems is recommended as an elective.

Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completing this degree, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate understanding of young children’s characteristics and needs, and of the multiple interacting influences on children’s development and learning, by creating appropriate learning environments.
  2. Analyze, understand, and recognize the value, importance, and complex nature of children’s families and communities.
  3. Apply knowledge of developmentally appropriate assessment to the development of measurable goals, objectives, and evaluation procedures for young children. 
  4. Demonstrate understanding of the relationship between children and families and how early care and education can support family structures. 
  5. Design developmentally effective teaching and learning strategies.
  6. Conduct themselves as professional members of the early care and education community, including the use of ethical guidelines.

Transfer Agreements

Our courses and programs are designed to give you a strong foundation in your area of study. But we know that for many of you, your time at JCC is just the first step in your educational journey. And when it's time for you to take your next step, that strong foundation, coupled with the wide variety of transfer agreements we maintain with several top colleges and universities, will help make your transfer process as smooth as possible. Learn More
It is important when planning your transfer to talk with your advisor about the specifics of each four-year college or university. 

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Elizabeth StarksInstructor, Early Childhood Education/Psychology HULT, Jamestown Campus716.338.1226Contact | Full Profile ▸