Early Childhood Education Course Description:

The Early Education course is designed for the college bound student with an interest in elementary education, childhood psychology, social work & speech and language pathology. Many of the students who complete this program elect the birth through second grade education program, which begins at Dutchess Community College and transfers for completion at SUNY New Paltz. Students should be academically capable, mature and motivated to achieve. The CTI Early Education course has articulation agreements for college credit with Dutchess Community College, SUNY Cobleskill, and Five Towns College upon successful completion of the course and matriculation at those colleges.

Early Education
Early Education
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Weekly Classroom Internships:

Students will be placed offsite in area public and private schools for hands-on experience. Here they will be exposed to the daily practices of a classroom. Students will assume the role of interns, learners, observers and participants in the child’s classroom environment. Students become an extra pair of eyes and ears for the teacher and provide supportive assistance to the children and the teacher.

  • Overlook Primary Elementary & North Park Elementary
  • Jewish Community Center
  • Vassar College Wimpfheimer & Vassar Infant Toddler
  • Poughkeepsie Day School
  • Honeybee Day Care
  • Smith Early Learning School

Program Requirements:

When placed offsite, they may be called upon to read instructions to children, facilitate a large group time, read aloud, monitor worksheets, correct the homework sheets of children, escort children throughout the building, and develop and facilitate their own lessons plans in association with the classroom teacher’s plans.

Students entering this program will also need to complete a medical form as required by the office of Children and Family Services.

Students will be expected to dress appropriately for their offsite classroom internship experience. First and second year students who have permission to drive are more than welcome to make arrangements to go directly to their offsite locations on those days.

Juniors are encouraged to attend the afternoon session. The senior class meets in the morning session. This is primarily for returning second year students.

Early Education
Early Education

Units of Study:

  • Brain development

  • Social-emotional Development

  • Cognitive Development

  • Community and Family Relationships

  • Language Development and Communication

  • Separation and Attachment Issues

  • Observation Documentation and Assessment


  • Positive Guidance Techniques and Reinforcement

  • Child Abuse Effects on Learning

  • Diversity in the Classroom

  • Children’s literature

  • Inclusion of Children with Special Needs

  • Physical Development

  • Professionalism in the Classroom


Student Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Be a junior or senior in a Dutchess BOCES component district.
  2. Have demonstrated an interest and desire to learn about elementary education and the psychological, social, cognitive and physical development of the young child.
  3. Exhibit a high level of responsibility and maturity with the ability to work independently in professional classroom settings.
  4. Be highly conscientious and motivated to succeed.
  5. Be able to think in abstract concepts.
  6. Have access to a computer for typed assignments and research.

Quick Reference Guide:
Human & Public Services: Early Childhood Education

Approved for Technical Endorsement on Regents Diploma Yes
Credits for Two Year Program 8 units for two years, 4 units for one year
Integrated Academic Credits English 12 - 1 credit over two years
Integrated Academic Credits Math - 1 credit over two years
National Competency Exam NOCTI – Early Childhood Care and Education
Work Based Learning Experience Internships in local education institutions

Dutchess Community College - 3 credits
SUNY Cobleskill - 3 credits
SUNY Canton - 3 credits

Transcript Credits Available None
Prerequisite General academic foundation
Pull-Out Academics Available MST

Advanced College Credits

Students who successfully complete this program and matriculate in the Early Childhood Program will receive 3 college credits toward their Associate Degree at Dutchess Community College or 3 credits at SUNY Cobleskill.