Teacher Preparation Department

The Teacher Preparation Department prepares students to work professionally with all types of young children in schools and childcare agencies. Program graduates have found satisfying career opportunities in a wide range of childcare agencies and as teaching assistants in local education agencies. While some graduates have gone directly from Hudson Valley Community College to employment, 70 - 75 percent has continued their education at colleges and universities.

In our classes, students gain a broad understanding of the needs of children and adolescents and the methods of meeting those needs. The skills required for developmentally appropriate early childhood education are taught through classroom theory, observation, and student teaching in early childhood agencies and primary schools. Our course offerings are diverse, encompassing issues relative to children from birth to high school age. Faculty teach in a variety of learning environments to meet the diverse needs of our students such as on campus, off campus, online and on weekends. Students learn to understand how children develop emotionally, socially, physiologically and cognitively.

Students enrolled in our field based courses in the Teacher Preparation Department complete field work in off-campus facilities to enhance their learning experiences. Our students engage in field experience within a school or childcare agency each term in urban, rural, and suburban settings with traditional, high risk and special needs children.

Our programs are closely aligned with the criteria from accreditation standards, National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards and the New York Learning Standards. These standards are integrated into our departmental Conceptual Framework. Find out teacher certification requirements by state at

If you are wondering which teaching program is best for your career goals, find out here.

Contact Information

Antoinette Howard
Department Chair
Higbee Hall, Room 109
(518) 629-7250
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Note: Employers looking to hire students from these programs should contact the Center for Careers and Transfer.