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The Early Childhood A.A.S. degree prepares students
for employment as an assistant or head teacher in a program working with
children from birth to Grade 2, as a teaching assistant in a public school,
Head Start, family child care provider or nanny.
Completing 9 credit hours in early childhood
education (and experience related to caring for children) meets the
qualifications for head of group for preschoolers and school-aged children
required by the New York State Department of Social Services day care Licensing
Regulations. Courses within this area also meet the formal training requirement
for the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential awarded by the Council for
Early Childhood Professional Recognition in Washington, D.C. Prospective
students with a current Child Development Associate (CDA) credential may receive
three transfer credits toward the Early Childhood A.A.S. degree.
The program includes two 100-hour field placements in
an approved early childhood program. Students may be required to have a medical
exam, tuberculin test, background check and fingerprinting before beginning
Academic and professional competence will be
periodically reviewed by the faculty. Enrollment and continuation in the Early
Childhood program are subject to faculty approval. Students
wishing to transfer to the Early Childhood A.A.S. program from another Onondaga
curriculum must have at least a 2.0 cumulative average.
Onondaga also offers a 30-credit hour Early Child
Care Certificate. All of the credits earned in the certificate program can be
applied to the Early Childhood A.A.S.
Graduates of the Early Childhood A.A.S. program may
also choose to transfer to a four-year teacher transfer institution upon
The Early Childhood A.A.S. degree is accredited by
the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
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