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Early Childhood

For you if you are interested in a career or further study in child care, preschool, or early childhood education. A strong mix of early childhood courses and a foundation in liberal arts provides marketable skills for working in a preschool or child care setting or as a teaching assistant. With further study, you may pursue teaching certification.


Program Goals

Early Childhood A.A.S. students will:

  • Apply content knowledge in academic disciplines to design, implement, and evaluate curriculum for children birth to age eight.
  • Utilize appropriate methods and materials to facilitate learning (social, emotional, physical, cognitive) for all children birth to age eight.
  • Utilize a variety of assessment tools to understand children and provide appropriate experiences for all children birth to age eight.
  • Provide for the diverse needs of children and families by articulating the various factors (family, community, learning environments) that influence growth and development of children from birth to age eight.
  • Exhibit professionalism including: ethical standards, collaborative learning, self-assessment, on-going learning, and advocacy.


Cayuga Success Stories

“I knew I wanted to be a teacher, but I wanted to go to Cayuga to make sure it was the right move. It couldn't have worked out better.”  — B. Allan '01; transferred to SUNY Cortland, now teaches physical education at an elementary school

“Everyone was so friendly, and there is continued support. I feel very confident and so well prepared.”  — T. Denman '01; transferred to SUNY Cortland, is now a preschool teacher in the Auburn Enlarged City School District

“I really felt confidence in what I achieved. The material required of us became resources that I use now in the classroom.”  — T. Querns '01; transferred to SUNY Cortland, is now an elementary teacher in the Auburn Enlarged City School District

“This was the best program I could have chosen for my field. Cayuga gave me everything I need to teach successfully. Class discussion was very much encouraged. The program taught me to raise the bar and to excel in what I do.”  — P. Lupo '02, ; transferred to SUNY Cortland and is now curriculum coordinator at Neighborhood House Child Care Center


Transfer Information

Upon completing the Early Childhood program at Cayuga, students seeking bachelor's degrees have successfully transferred into Keuka College, SUNY Colleges at Cortland and Oswego, and other colleges and universities.


Program Highlights

  • On-site preschool for real-world experience and practical application of classroom theory
  • Opportunities to gain further experience at licensed child care centers, preschools, and Head Start programs in the surrounding area
  • Coursework applicable toward the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential
  • Concentration in Early Childhood within Liberal Arts degree for those who intend to transfer and wish more flexibility in first two years of study.
  • Classes combine theory and hands-on learning.
  • Evening, weekend, and online courses accommodate students' varying schedules.
  • Individual counseling by experienced faculty members helps match career planning to each student's skills and interests.
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For information, please contact:

Patricia Gridley, PhD.
315-255-1743, x 2478