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JCC Launches Early Childhood Associate in Science Degree Program

The Liberal Arts Division at Jefferson Community College (JCC) announces the addition of an associate in science (A.S.) degree program in Early Childhood.  Launched in July 2015, JCC’s Early Childhood A.S. program is a transfer degree, designed to be the first two years of a four-year education in early childhood or related field. 

The A.S. degree in early childhood can be completed in four semesters of full-time study at Jefferson or over a longer period of time through part-time study.  One feature of the early childhood A.S. program is a fieldwork placement in either an infant/toddler or preschool early childhood setting that allows students to gain practical, hands-on experience. Fieldwork placement sites may include, but are not limited to: 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 New York State registered family day care, group family day care, as well as public and private schools. JCC classes are offered on campus and online. 

Graduates of JCC’s early childhood A.S. program will have many transfer opportunities to colleges and universities in the State University of New York (SUNY) system as well as private institutions. Jefferson has a partnership with SUNY Cobleskill through the Jefferson Higher Education Center (JHEC) which enables a Jefferson graduate to enroll in SUNY Cobleskill’s baccalaureate program and take classes held on JCC’s campus. Classes are taught by SUNY Cobleskill faculty. Jefferson also has a formal partnership with Excelsior College to provide graduates a seamless transfer. Other transfer opportunities for graduates of JCC’s Early Childhood A.S. program include SUNY Cortland and SUNY Empire.

Jefferson also offers an associate in applied science (A.A.S.) degree program in Early Childhood to prepare students to enter the workforce upon graduation. 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.

Fall semester late session, 4-week, classes start October 21.  Applying to Jefferson is free!

For more information about Jefferson’s Early Childhood degree programs, contact Gwen Francis-Frey, Associate Professor of Early Childhood, at 315-786-2362.