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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.

Career Advantage

Career Advantage

This degree is available through our Career Advantage program, which combines in-class and online coursework.

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


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: Field Experience – Exceptional Child1
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 11 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.