Early Childhood

Associate of Science

Suffolk County Community College

  • Delivery Mode
    50% Online
  • Total Credits
    62
  • Degree Level
    Associate of Science
  • Contact Us
    800-342-3811

Earn your associate of science degree online

You will earn the same diploma as our on-campus students

The Early Childhood A.S. program prepares students for the full range of options that are available in the field of early childhood education. Program graduates can transfer to baccalaureate programs that lead to NYS certification (see below) in early childhood education (birth to second grade); they are eligible to acquire NYS teaching assistant certification; and they can seek employment that involves working with young children while pursuing their goal. Graduates will also be eligible to apply for certification as teaching assistants in NYS public school pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and special education programs.

The curriculum offers foundations in child development, educational philosophy and methods. It also promotes an understanding and appreciation of diversity and professional ethics. Classroom instruction is supplemented by observations and practicums in programs that serve young children.

Students enrolled in the program must achieve a minimum grade of C in each early childhood education (EDU) course in order to continue and to qualify for graduation. EDU courses can only be repeated one time.


What's an associate degree?
An associate degree usually takes two years of study and prepares students for employment or transfer to a bachelor’s program at a four-year university.
You will need to spend some time on campus to earn this degree
This degree will require you to spend some time on-campus at Suffolk County Community College for some classes or seminars. However, the rest of your classes may be completed online. You may see this referred to as a "Hybrid Degree".
  • What's it like to earn this degree online?

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    Participate in field experiments such as internships, clinical placements, and service learning to apply your academic knowledge in the world.
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  3. Complete the forms or save for later
  4. Pay the application fee
  5. Submit any supplemental materials, if required
  6. Send in your academic records
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