Early Childhood Education

  • Students spend time working directly with young children.

  • This course is certified by
    New York State

    In this course, students will learn the basics and methodology of Early Childhood Education and Child Development. This course will provide students with a solid foundation in classroom arrangement and management, curriculum development for infants/toddlers/preschoolers and young children. They will study the fundamentals of working with both parents and staff in a school setting. Focus is stressed on the research findings that early years are a critical time for the physical, cognitive and social/emotional development of children.

    Students will learn the fundamental aspects of how a child develops and prepare for entry-level employment in Early Childhood Education. Year one students will be visited by experts in field such as: Safe Center, Cornell Cooperative Extension and local nursery and day care directors. In addition, numerous visitations to local day care and nursery schools will be planned. Collaboration with our onsite nurseries enriches the practical learning experience.

    Year two students will earn hours of formal child care education experience necessary to apply for the certification as a CDA: Child Development Associate. This course may also be used towards the 480 hours of experience working directly with children in group settings required for CDA certification.

  • The CDA is a nationally recognized degree. In addition, year two students will complete their CDA professional portfolio, including six competencies and resources, which is a necessary component towards achieving their CDA. Upon graduation from high school, students 18 years or older are eligible to apply for their CDA certification. This application is made independently by the student at his/her own expense.

    Certified CDAs-in-Training Will Learn How to:

    • Maintain professionalism
    • Observe and record behavior
    • Establish an effective program operation

    Career Opportunities

    Corporations and government agencies often hire trained personnel for their on-site day care centers. Many graduates pursue further education at the college level to study early childhood or elementary school education. Typical job titles in the field of child development include Teacher’s Aide, Teacher’s Assistant and Assistant Teacher in a nursery school.

    Upon completion of the required training and exams, students will have the opportunity to be certified in Heart Saver/First Aid through the American Heart Association.

  • Early Childhood

    College Agreements

    Upon completion of this course, students may receive college credits subject to the entrance requirements of each institution and any additional criteria that may have been established. Current college agreements

    • SUNY Cobleskill, NY

    Work Experience Opportunities

    Students who meet all eligibility requirements may participate in supervised, real-world, work-based learning offerings that include clinics, shadow days, internships, or paid Co-Op experiences at workplace sites such as:

    • Bethpage Nursery
    • Association for Children with Down Syndrome (ACDS)
    • CMP Media, Inc.
    • Harbor Day Care Center
    • Head Start
    • Hi-Hello
    • Little Sponges
    • Montessori School
    • Rose Garden

  • Course available: Grades 11–12
    Course length: 2 years
    Placement: Regular
    Credits: Up to 4 CTE credits a year
    Admissions criteria: Above-average reading comprehension and strong writing skills. A background check may be required to be eligible for internships.

    Earning high school credits: Students completing this 2-year course may receive up to 8 CTE credits OR distributed credits using either or both of the following: 

    1.0 credit   Career and Financial Management
    1.0 credit   English 1.0 credit Science

    This course is certified by
    New York State


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  • Barry Tech Guidance Office

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