Early Childhood A.S.

The Program (HEGIS Code 5503)

The Early Childhood A.S. Program is designed  for students seeking to transfer to a bachelor’s program in early childhood or related fields. The program provides an academic background for successful transfer as well as practical skills necessary to work effectively with young children and their families. Graduates will be prepared to use nationally recognized, evidence based best practice techniques in order to promote developmentally appropriate physical, social, emotional, and cognitive growth in young children.

Learning Outcomes

Using National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) Standards, professional learning outcomes for Early Childhood students have been identified in the following areas:

  • Promoting child development and learning
  • Building family and community relationships
  • Observing, documenting, and assessing to support young children and families
  • Using developmentally effective approaches to connect with children and families
  • Using content knowledge to build meaningful curriculum
  • Becoming a professional

JCC Advantage

The program consists of 62 hours of academic credit. Students will complete 30 credits in 7 out of the 10 SUNY General Education areas. It also includes 15 hours in specific Early Childhood courses. An important feature of the program includes one fieldwork placement in either an infant / toddler or preschool early childhood setting that allows students to gain practical experience. Jefferson students benefit from a variety of fieldwork placement sites that may include Head Start, Fort Drum Child Development Centers, Campus Early Childhood Learning Center, a variety of local day care centers, preschools, and universal pre-K, a NYS Registered family day care, group family day care, public and private schools. 

In addition, students have the opportunity to participate in the Early Childhood Club.  The Club has completed several service projects that benefit local children and their families.  

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities in the field of professional care and education of young children are excellent. Graduates of this program find employment as teachers of preschool, infant, toddler and school-age child care programs, early childhood specialists, family advocates, family day care providers, trainers, home visitors, teacher assistants, and program directors. Places of employment include Head Start, military child development centers, YMCA, early intervention agencies, Department of Health, Office of Children and Family Services, and private and public day care centers and schools. Earnings will vary with type of program, education, experience, and geographic location.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive an associate of science degree that prepares the graduate to transfer or join the early childhood workforce. With changing job requirements in the field of early childhood, many students decide to continue their educational studies in Early Childhood or in a related Bachelor’s degree program.

Transfer Opportunities

Graduates of Jefferson will have many transfer opportunities to consider and will be able to choose from a wide variety of colleges and universities to pursue a baccalaureate degree. Jefferson has partnered with some selected academic institutions to develop agreements that help students transfer smoothly.  These agreements assist students with selecting courses in their academic program that will transfer effectively to specific baccalaureate programs. Currently formal agreements exist with SUNY Cobleskill, Early Childhood Studies, B.S.* and Excelsior College.  Students also find successful transfer to other SUNY colleges such as SUNY Empire State College and SUNY Cortland.

* This program is offered through SUNY Cobleskill in Watertown at Jefferson Community College's Higher Education Center.  Class meets two nights per week.  The baccalaureate degree can be earned in three years or less.


Degree Requirements (Effective Spring 2015) Credit Hours
Humanities (9 Credit Hours)
ENG 101: Research and Composition 3
Choose one course from The Arts or Foreign Language General Education List
Choose one course from the Humanities General Education List
(ENG 114: Survey of Early Childhood Literature - recommended)


Social Science (12 Credit Hours)  
PSY 133: Introduction to Psychology 3
PSY 220: Child and Adolescent Development 3
SOC 144: Introduction to Sociology 3
HIS 150: American History to 1877
       OR HIS 151: American History 1877 to Present
Early Childhood (15 Credit Hours)  
ECD 101: Introduction to Early Childhood Development and Education 3
ECD 181: Child Health and Safety 3
ECD 190: Observation and Assessment of Young Children’s Development 3
Students should take either ECD 201 & ECD 240 OR ECD 202 & ECD 280 3/3
ECD 201: Lesson Planning, Environments, and Resources (Age 3-6)  
AND ECD 240: Fieldwork in Early Childhood Education (Age 3-6)  


ECD 202: Lesson Planning, Environments, and Resources (Birth – 36 months) 
             AND ECD 280: Fieldwork in Early Childhood Care and Education (Birth – 36 Months)
Mathematics and Sciences (10 Credit Hours)  
BIO 106: Human Biology 4
MTH 144: Elementary Statistics
     OR MTH 149: Mathematical Reasoning for Elementary Teachers 2
Mathematics or Science Elective 3
General Education (3 Credit Hours)  
Choose from one of the following SUNY General Education List areas NOT used above: Foreign Languages, Arts, Western Civilization, Other World Civilizations, or Humanities 3
Free Electives 12
Physical Education 2


For More Information

Gwendolyn Francis-Frey, Associate Professor of Early Childhood

Application and Admissions Information
Office of Admissions
315-786-2277 or Toll Free 1-888-435-6522