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EARLY CHILDHOOD STUDIES

    Study Combinations Leading to a Professional Credential in Early Childhood

Diagram depicting study combinations and credentialing options.  The contents of this diagram is explained in the text below.

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    The Central New York Center at Empire State College has created a series of six studies designed to meet the requirements for various different early childhood credentials. The content of each study has been carefully developed to include relevant topics, goals and competencies, plus the portfolio development activities needed for preparation for credentialing.

    Students may complete the studies through the Human Services Learning Community (HSLC), with group meetings on three Saturdays during the term. The HSLC schedule will include portfolio development workshops where students will work to develop and finalize their credentialing portfolios.

    Child Development Associate (CDA)

    Studies : Professional Practices in Early Care and Education: Environment, Curriculum, Assessment and Evaluation (6 credits), Infant and Toddler Development within the Context of Family and Culture (6 credits)

    These two studies cover the CDA content areas required for the CDA credential.

    NYS Infant Toddler Care and Education Credential

    Studies : Professional Practices in Early Care and Education: Environment, Curriculum, Assessment and Evaluation (6 credits), Infant and Toddler Development within the Context of Family and Culture (6 credits)

    In addition to covering the content areas required for the CDA credential, these studies also include the four Credential Topics and 12 competency areas required for the NYS Infant and Toddler Care and Education Credential.

    NYS Children’s Program Administrator Credential

    Studies : Professional Practices in Early Care and Education: Environment, Curriculum, Assessment and Evaluation (6 credits), Infant and Toddler Development within the Context of Family and Culture (6 credits), Administration of Children’s Programs (6 credits), Financial Planning and Management (6 credits), Operations Management (6 credits), Capstone Seminar (6 credits)

    The NYS Children’s Program Administrator Credential requires an Associate’s degree (or 60 credits towards a bachelor’s degree). The credential requires 18 credits in child development or related studies (these may be part of the Associate degree) and 18 advanced-level credits in Children’s Program Administration. The six studies in our early childhood studies series cover the 36 credits required (students who already have associate degree that includes some early childhood credits may not need to take all six studies ). Typically students need 78 college credits to obtain this credential.

    Empire State College Does Not Award These Credentials

    These Early Childhood studies at Empire State College meet the college credit requirements but the credentials are competency based and a portfolio submission is required. Taking your studies through HSLC gives you the opportunity to have faculty work with you in preparing your portfolio for submission to the credentialing agency.

    Study Descriptions (Please check the term schedule for current offerings)

    Professional Practices in Early Care and Education: Environment, Curriculum, Assessment and Evaluation. (6 credits, introductory, liberal)

    This study examines various professional practices associated with early care and education settings including curriculum development, arrangement of the learning environment, and assessment and evaluation. Topics covered in this study include: developmentally appropriate practice, individualizing, planning for children with special needs, anti-bias approaches to programming, the caregiver’s role in supporting play and developing a nurturing learning environment, and methods of observation, record keeping, communication and program evaluation. Professional standards for early care and education programs, such as the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct, the NYS Core Body of Knowledge, and the NYS Regulations will also be assessed.

    This study meets Topics III and IV of the New York State Infant Toddler Care and Education Credential and Topic 4 of the Children’s Program Administrator Credential of New York State.

    Infant and Toddler Development Within the Context of Family and Culture (6 credits, introductory, liberal)

    This study focuses on the development of infants and toddlers, from birth to three years of age, as it occurs within the context of family, culture, and early care and education settings. Students will examine the interconnectedness among all developmental domains (physical, cognitive, social, emotional, language, creative) as well as factors such as temperament, attachment, and brain development. Both typical and non-typical development will be examined in addition to the Early Intervention System. The culture of caregiving will be interwoven throughout the study along with partnerships with parents and collaboration with the community.

    This study meets Topics I and II of the New York State Infant Toddler Care and Education Credential and Topic 5 of the Children’s Program Administrator Credential of New York State.

    Administration of Early Childhood and School-Age Programs
    (6 credits, advanced)

    This study focuses on the administration of an effective organizational structure for children’s programs including personnel management and human relations. Topics covered in this study include: the purpose and development of vision and mission statements, strategic planning, management theory and roles and responsibilities of administrators, development of personnel policies and procedures, job descriptions, performance evaluations, and leadership styles.

    This study meets Topic 1 of the Children’s Program Administrator Credential of New York State.

    Financial Planning for Early Childhood and School-Age Programs
    (6 credits, advanced)

    This study focuses on understanding and applying financial planning and management for the operation of children’s programs. Topics covered in this study include: developing a financial plan, staff compensation and benefits, developing an operating budget, basic accounting skills, analyzing assets and liabilities, identifying grants and outside financial resources, and grant writing.

    This study meets Topic 2 of the Children’s Program Administrator Credential of New York State.

    Operations Management of Early Childhood and School-Age Programs
    (6 credits, advanced)

    This study focuses on the development and use of management systems in order to operate high quality programs for young children. Topics covered in this study include: indicators of high quality programs for young children, the use of technology in the management of children’s programs, issues of ethics and confidentiality, and the development and implementation of policies and procedures related to the operation of a healthy and safe program for young children.

    This study meets Topic 3 of the Children’s Program Administrator Credential of New York State.

    Children’s Program Administration Capstone (6 credits, advanced)

    The capstone is the last study students take prior to completing the studywork portion of the Children’s Program Administrator Credential of New York State. The intent is to provide the student with the opportunity to integrate the information and principles from Topics 1-5 of the competencies and demonstrate mastery of the competencies through the completion of a portfolio. The final step of the capstone study will be for the student to submit his/her completed portfolio for review to the credentialing body, the NYS Association for the Education of Young Children (NYSAEYC).

    This study meets Topic 6 of the Children’s Program Administrator Credential of New York State.