Early Childhood Studies Certificate

Early Childhood Studies

SUNY Adirondack offers a professional certificate in Early Childhood Education, the practice of nurturing and caregiving for children from birth to the age of eight. Since children begin to learn as soon as they’re born, the role of the caregiver is critical to their cognitive, physical and social development.

Program Overview

Early Childhood Education (ECE) trains caregivers who are not only warm and kind, but also who have an aptitude to teach. Studies include childhood learning, psychology, sociology and first aid training. Introductory course work also provides experience with child literature and curriculum development.

As part of SUNY Adirondack’s program, ECE partners students with local day care centers where they actively participate in the lives of children and learn from working educators in their field.


Unique Features

SUNY Adirondack offers small class sizes and access to dedicated faculty who have years of real-world experience in the areas of childhood education and development. Since this program is focused around “hands-on” learning, the on-campus daycare facilities allow for direct observation and interaction with children up to age 5.

Career & Transfer Opportunities

A rapid growth in working parents in the U.S. has created a need for trained professionals in many capacities and facilities, including daycare agencies, private schools, public schools, pre-schools and home settings.

Graduates of the ECE program will have gained knowledge and training to secure immediate employment but may also consider transfer to a two- or four-year degree in Childhood Education or Teaching.

For more information about SUNY Adirondack’s Early Childhood Education certificate program and related careers, download the course workbook or visit Career Coach.