The Department of Early Childhood and Psychology offers four degree programs that are grounded in evidence-based theory and best practices in their fields.
The Early Childhood A.A.S. program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Students complete a combination of intentionally designed early childhood coursework with liberal arts and sciences. A full semester practicum experience is included in which students observe, plan, record and assess outcomes under the supervision of the classroom teacher or agency professional. Students are prepared to enter employment in a variety of settings with young children and families.
The A.S in Child and Family Services is designed for students who plan to work with children and families in a broad range of careers. The curriculum was designed with a commitment to strengthening families and fostering the healthy development of children. The program’s overarching goal is to improve family and community life by preparing students for work with children, adults, and families in a variety of public and private human service agencies and organizations.
The B.S. in Child Studies: Ages Birth - 5 based on the NAEYC advanced standards and prepares students for a variety of positions in settings with young children and families as well as advanced study. Students who are successful in this programs uphold the department’s Code of Ethics and have strong skills in written and verbal communication. These skills allow them to provide positive language and literacy experiences for children and they also support professional communications with families and colleagues.
The B.S. in Applied Psychology is a unique program, one of only a few in New York State, and the only one in the state with the option for a Rural / Community Psychology concentration which focuses on advocacy or advancement in community environments, such as family and children, youth, drug and alcohol and poverty. This program will educate students on theoretical psychology and research, and provide them with direct applied experience through a 15 credit of internship experience. A student graduating from this program will have the knowledge, practical experience, and professional exposure to enter directly into the workforce.