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Early Childhood (A.A.S.)

Teach and care for young children

Support young children in their first years of education. When you earn a degree in Early Childhood at Jamestown Community College, you’ll be able to work in the education field with children from birth through preschool, with some opportunities through second grade.

You will develop the skills needed to be a successful early childhood professional and work with young children in a variety of early care and education settings, such as assistant teacher or lead teacher. You will develop and teach programs for your students and inform the public about children and family issues.

The A.A.S. degree prepares you to be a lead teacher in a childcare center or similar facility, teaching assistant in a childcare center or similar facility, or teacher’s aide in a public or private school setting. The certificate in Early Childhood Development is embedded in this program, and Mandated Reporter Training Certification (Child Abuse Workshop Prevention) is embedded in EDU 2210.

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Available at All Locations

Available at All Locations

You can complete this program on both the Jamestown and Cattaraugus County campuses, as well as the North County Center.

Embedded Certificate

Embedded Certificate

The Early Childhood Development certificate is embedded in this program, and Mandated Reporter Training Certification (Child Abuse Workshop Prevention) is embedded in EDU 2210.

Clubs & Fieldwork

Clubs & Fieldwork

  • Teacher Education Club
  • You’ll have the opportunity to complete multiple field placements, helping you specialize in your field.

Related Majors

Related Majors

Courses

Semester 1

  •   SUNY
  •   JCC
Course Credits Requirements Met

EDU 1250: Early Childhood Development

1

EDU 1290: Introduction to Early Childhood Education Care

3 Applied Learning

EDU 1310: Family, School, & Community Relations

3

ENG 1510: English Composition I

3 College Composition

PSY 1510: General Psychology

3 Scientific Reasoning: Social Sciences

INT 1520: Student Success or

INT 1555: Inquire

1-2 Critical and Integrative Reasoning
  • Discuss your career goals, field placement expectations, and employment options/outlook with your advisor.

Semester 2

  •   SUNY
  •   JCC
Course Credits Requirements Met

PSY 2520: Child Development

3 Cultural Understanding Scientific Reasoning: Social Sciences

EDU 1260: Health, Safety, and Nutrition/Child

3

EDU 2210: Field Placement I

4

EDU 1300: Observation & Guidance of Young Children

3

ENG 1530: English Composition II

3 Oral Communication
  • Prepare for employment by contacting the Counseling and Career Center.

Semester 3

  •   SUNY
  •   JCC
Course Credits Requirements Met

EDU 2150: Infant & Toddler Development/Education

3

EDU 2440: Children’s Literature

3

EDU 2450: Exceptional Children

3

EDU 2460: Exceptional Children Field Experience

1 Global Perspectives

Mathematics Electives

Recommended:

MAT 1500: Problem Solving or

MAT 1540: Statistics

3 Mathematical Reasoning

Social Sciences Elective

Recommended:

ANT 1520: Cultural Anthropology or

SOC 1510: Intro to Sociology or

PSY 1550: Stress & Coping or

PSY 2500: Psychology of Personality or

PSY 2530: Social Psychology or

PSY 2560: Abnormal Behavior

3 Scientific Reasoning: Social Sciences
  • Discuss with your advisor the possibility of pursuing a bachelor’s degree.

Semester 4

  •   SUNY
  •   JCC
Course Credits Requirements Met

EDU 2220: Field Placement II

3

EDU 2510: Philosophy and Techniques of Early Childhood Education

3

Natural Sciences Elective

Recommended:

BIO 1510: Health Science

3 Scientific Reasoning: Natural Sciences

Elective

Recommended:

EDU 2500: Literacy in the Classroom or

EDU 1230: Working with Children

3

Elective

Recommended:

LDR 1300: Leadership Engagement or

HUS 1220: Poverty/Social Class/America or

HUS 1280: Intro to Family Systems

2-3
  • Prepare for employment by contacting the Counseling and Career Center.