This certificate program enables students to obtain the skills, values, and knowledge necessary to work in entry level positions in early childhood education/child care such as assistants in preschools, childcare centers and family day care homes, and in school-age child care settings. In addition, the program provides opportunities for those already employed in child care facilities, including family care providers and those holding the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential, to update and refresh their knowledge and skills. The program also provides interested students the opportunity to continue their education beyond the level of a certificate to that of an Associate in Applied Sciences in human services with the added possibility of transferring to a bachelor's level program in early childhood education. This certificate can be used as part of a more complete career ladder in early childhood education and care.

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Minimum program credit hours: 32

Program Codes
Degree Option
Hegis Code
Curriculum Code
General Requirements
9 credit hours
ENG 1530: English Composition II3
PSY 1510: General Psychology3
Core Requirements
23 credit hours
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 2210: Field Placement I - Education4
EDU 2440: Children's Literature3
PSY 2520: Child Development3
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.
Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Use their understanding of young children’s characteristics and needs and multiple interacting influences on children’s development and learning to create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging for all children.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge about and value the importance of the complex characteristics of children’s families and communities.  They will be able to create respectful, reciprocal relationships that support and empower families, and to involve all families in their children’s development and learning.
  3. Demonstrate that they understand the goals, benefits, and uses of assessment.  They will be able to use systematic observations, documentation, and other effective strategies in a responsible way, in partnership with families and other professionals, to positively influence children’s development.
  4. Demonstrate their understanding of and relationship with children and families, their understanding of developmentally effective approaches to teaching and learning, and their knowledge of academic disciplines to design, implement and evaluate experiences that promote positive development and learning for all children.
  5. Demonstrate that they know and can apply the ethical guidelines and other professional standards related to early childhood practice.  They will demonstrate that they are continuous, collaborative learners who demonstrate knowledgeable, reflective, and critical perspectives on their work, making informed decisions that integrate knowledge from a variety of sources.  The students will demonstrate ways they can become informed advocates for sound educational practices and policies.

Transfer Agreements

Our courses and programs are designed to give you a strong foundation in your area of study. But we know that for many of you, your time at JCC is just the first step in your educational journey. And when it's time for you to take your next step, that strong foundation, coupled with the wide variety of transfer agreements we maintain with several top colleges and universities, will help make your transfer process as smooth as possible. Learn More
It is important when planning your transfer to talk with your advisor about the specifics of each four-year college or university. 

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Elizabeth Starks, Coordinator of Early Childhood Education
Elizabeth StarksCoordinator of Early Childhood Education HULT, Jamestown Campus716.338.1226Contact | Full Profile ▸