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Early Childhood Education


  Program Description


Thompson Road Campus
6820 Thompson Road, Syracuse NY
Phone:  (315) 433-2635

Cortland: CAPCO
236 South Main Street, Cortland NY
Phone:  (607) 758-5260

The Early Childhood Education program is offered to students who want to pursue a career working with young children. Students learn about the characteristics, needs and behaviors of three- and four-year olds and study best practices on how to guide and teach them in a nursery school setting. Each high school student in the program is provided the opportunity to participate in all phases of operating the nursery school.

Students are responsible for the planning, preparation and presentation of activities for young children functioning as student teachers under the supervision of a certified teacher. Students are provided with embedded internship experiences and the opportunity to earn a Career and Technical Endorsement on their diploma by successfully passing an industry-standard technical assessment.


Technical Skills
  • Child development
  • Psychology
  • Developmentally appropriate preschool curriculum
  • Lesson planning, preparation and implementation
  • Instructional presentation styles & techniques
  • Nutrition & snack preparation
  • Supervision and guidance of young children
  • Children's health & safety
  • Meeting the individual needs of children
  • First Aid & infant/child CPR & AED
Available Academic Credits
  • 3 CTE per year
  • 1 science or math per year
  • 6 college credits at Tompkins Cortland Community College (McEvoy Campus)
  • First Aid & infant/child CPR & AED
Career Opportunities 
  • Childcare worker
  • Teaching assistant/aide*
  • Preschool teacher*
  • Elementary education teacher*
  • Special education teacher*
  • Nursery school director*
  • Family services worker*
  • Social services coordinator*
  • Parent educator*


*Advanced Employment - additional training may be necessary
Continuing Education Partners
  • Onondaga Community College
  • Tompkins Cortland Community College
  • SUNY Cortland
  • Mohawk Valley Community College
  • SUNY Oswego
  • SUNY Canton (McEvoy Campus)