Early Childhood Development and Care Certificate

About the Program


Program Description

This program helps develop professional career skills preparing students for entry level positions in early education settings. Why begin your early childhood educator's career at SUNY Orange?

  • Relevant course work - 75% of the courses in the Certificate directly apply to Early Childhood Development and Care.
  • Hands - on field work - You will gain over 60 hours experience in early childhood environments by graduation.
  • Experienced faculty - Your instructors have much knowledge, expertise, and interest in early education.
  • Small class size - Individuals count! You are given careful, personal advising and attention.

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Student Learning Outcomes of the Early Childhood Development and Care Program

The successful graduate of this program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a firm foundation of knowledge in child development.
  2. Understand essential concepts of developmentally appropriate practice in teaching young children.
  3. Understand and value the importance of children's diverse families and communities, and how to use that knowledge to foster respectful, reciprocal relationships with children and their families.
  4. Understand the goals, benefits, and uses of assessment, and be able to effectively use developmentally appropriate observation and assessment practices.
  5. Design, implement, and evaluate developmentally appropriate curriculum and environments for young children.
  6. Understand and uphold ethical standards and other professional guidelines in the field of early childhood, and engage in, practice that is both collaborative and reflective in college classrooms and through extensive field assignments.
  7. Demonstrate college level proficiency in written and oral communication, critical thinking, and analytical, mathematical, and scientific reasoning.

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