Early Childhood Education

  • Program Highlights:

    Students explore multiple theories and stages of child development. Cognitive, social, and physical developmental milestones of toddlers and young children are identified. Students conduct observations of staff and children as they visit different early childhood education sites in the community. The opportunity for practical application is provided at Teens & Tots Preschool at EMCC. Training hours are acquired toward the preschool Child Development Associate (CDA) credential.

EMCC student and Teens-N-Tots Preschooler point to a date on the class calendar

Units of Study

  • Basic (Year 1)

    • Health and Safety
    • Child Development
    • Professionalism
    • Classroom Organization and Arrangement 
    • Observation, Documentation

    Advanced (Year 2)

    • Developmentally Appropriate Practice
    • Creativity
    • Community and Family Relationships
    • Inclusion/Special Needs
    • Diversity
    • Positive Guidance


Industry Based Exam/Certifications

    • Early Childhood Care and Education–National Occupational Competency Testing Institute
    • CPR, First Aid and AED
    • NYS OCFS Childcare Trainings
    • Mandated Reporter Training


  • High School Credit

    • 3.5 CTE a.m./3.0 CTE p.m (max)
      1.0 English 12 (Advanced)

    College—Dual Enrollment



  • Career Connections

    • Camp Director/Counselor
    • Child Development Associate
    • Early Childhood Professional
    • Elementary Teacher
    • Head Start Teacher
    • OT/PT/Speech and Language Therapist
    • Preschool Teacher
    • Professional Nanny
    • Recreation Leader
    • Social Worker/Counselor
    • Special Education Teacher
    • Teacher Assistant
    • UPK/EPK Teacher

    College Programs

    • Early Childhood Education
    • Elementary Education
    • Human Services
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences
    • Special Education

Items to Consider

  • Successful Students:

    • Practice good judgment while caring for young children
    • Display energy and enthusiasm with young children
    • Have the ability to communicate in a mature manner with parents and education professionals
    • Work both individually and as a team member
    • Meet health and safety requirements while working with young children