Study Combinations Leading to a Professional Credential in Early Childhood

The Central New York Center at SUNY Empire State College offers a unique opportunity for students who want to pursue a professional credential in early-childhood studies. Students can work with mentors and other students in a collaborative environment through online study groups, as well as independent studies designed to meet their individual needs.

Six studies have been carefully designed to include relevant topics, goals and competencies required to prepare students to apply for professional credentials in early childhood. Students generally take one or two studies per term, with the children’s program administration capstone as the final study. The capstone includes portfolio development learning activities.

The early childhood studies offered in the Central New York region are detailed below. Early childhood studies also are offered through a residency at the Central New York Center and online through the Center for Distance Learning.

What is an online study group?

An online study group is an opportunity for students to engage in small-group meetings in an online learning environment. The online study group format allows students to network with other early childhood professionals seeking a state or national credential in early childhood.

How do I enroll?

Talk to your mentor if you are a current student. If you are a nonmatriculated student, please call Desalyn De-Souza, 315-472-5730, or email desalyn.de-souza@esc.edu.

Is there scholarship money available?

  • The Educational Incentive Program provides funds available for eligible students pursuing a career in early childhood studies. Contact the organization at www.ecetp.pdp.albany.edu or 800-295-9616 to see if you are eligible.
  • If you are in the Watertown/Fort Drum area, you may be eligible for the Early Childhood Educator's Scholarship.

Does SUNY Empire State College award my credentials?

No, you will need to apply for your credential at each agency. Studies at SUNY Empire State College meet the college credit requirements, but the credentials are competency based and a portfolio submission is required. Taking your studies through the Central New York Center gives you the opportunity to work with faculty in preparing your portfolio for submission to the credentialing agency.

Credentialing Agency Contact Information

Council for Professional Recognition
Child Development Associate Credential
www.cdacouncil.org
800-424-4310

New York State Association for the Education of Young Children
Infant Toddler Credential
Children’s Program Administrator Credential
www.nysaeyc.org
518-867-3517

Credentials

Child Development Associate (CDA)Infant Toddler Care and EducationNew York State Children's Program Administration

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 content areas required tor the CDA credential. They also include the four credential topics and 12 competency areas required for the New York State Infant and Toddler Care and Education credential.

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)

These studies include the four credential topics and 12 competency areas required for the New York State Infant and Toddler Care and Education credential. They also cover the content areas required tor the CDA credential.

New York State Children's Program Administration 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 Early Childhood and School-Age Programs (6 credits)
  • Financial Planning of Early Childhood and School-Age Programs (6 credits)
  • Operations Management of Early Childhood and School-Age Programs (6 credits)
  • Children's Program Administration Capstone (6 credits)

The NYS Children’s Program Administrator Credential requires an associate 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 an 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.

Study Descriptions

Please check the term schedule for current offerings.