As expectations for the educational preparation of workers in the fields of early child care and education rise, SUNY Empire State College offers you the course work that prepares you to work and advance in the early child care and education profession, such as day care programs, infant/toddler and nursery school settings, pre-K and Head Start.
Your individually designed degree program may be an associate or bachelor’s degree, or both. You may develop a concentration in early childhood or a related field.
Empire State College offers the flexibility a child care provider needs. You can choose from a variety of opportunities at the college, including study groups, online courses and guided independent study.
Note: 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.
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, please visit the Annual Learning Opportunities Inventory (LOI) at www.esc.edu/MyESC. For advice on what is available at the nearest New York state location of Empire State College, please contact the local representative listed below.
In addition to degree programs, the college provides you with the college-level 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). Call NYSAEYC at 518-867-3517 or visit www.nysaeyc.org for information.
The Children’s Programs Administrator Credential has been developed by the New York State Association for the Education of Young Children to assure that child care administrators have the knowledge and skills needed to provide excellent programs. The credential requires a combination of formal education and practical experience bound together by an individual portfolio. Empire State College has all of the courses needed in a variety of modes to meet the formal college education requirements. Please visit http://nysaeyc.org/ for information about how to apply for the credential and submit the portfolio.
Children’s Programs Administration Required Courses
The Infant Toddler Care and Education Credential of New York State is designed to provide for and be recognized as a standard by which to measure an individual’s competence in the following topics areas: Infant and Toddler Development; Observation and Recording; Environment and Curriculum; and Family and Culture. Please visit http://nysaeyc.org/ for information about how to apply for the credential and submit the portfolio.
Infant Toddler Care and Education Credential Required Courses
During the January or March terms, students can choose from several early childhood related studies that use a blended model combining online or independent study component with one onsite meeting at the Strong Museum of Play in Rochester.
Because Empire State College is a public college and part of the State University of New York, undergraduate tuition and fees are among the lowest in the region.
A number of state and federal financial-aid programs are available for qualifying students, such as scholarships, grants and federal loans.
For more information about scholarships, grants or loan programs at Empire State College, contact our financial aid office:
The Educational Incentive Program (EIP) provides financial awards to further your education if you are income-eligible and currently working in a registered or licensed child care program.
To apply for an EIP award, call 800-295-9616 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for an application form.
To learn more about Empire State College’s early childhood studies program, please contact the representative nearest you:
Center for Distance Learning Tracy Galuski 800-847-3000, ext.3892 Tracy.Galuski@esc.edu
Central New York Center Desalyn De-Souza 315-460-3145 Desalyn.Deemail@example.com
Genesee Valley Center Barbara Pollock 585-224-3242 Barbara.Pollock@esc.edu
Hudson Valley Center Arlene Rider 845-517-1294, ext. 3418 Arlene.Rider@esc.edu
Long Island Center Marianne Giardini 631-360-4055 Marianne.Giardini@esc.edu
Metropolitan Center Gina Torino 718-667-7524, ext. 1795 Gina.Torino@esc.edu
Niagara Frontier Center Jacqui Berger 716-686-7800 Jacqui.Berger@esc.edu
Northeast Center Efrat Levy 518-279-5180, ext. 5915 Efrat.Levy@esc.edu