Early Childhood Administration (Certificate)

This certificate is a one-year program designed for individuals who have already completed an associate's degree in early childhood or a bachelor's degree in a related field, who are pursuing the New York State Association for the Education of Young Children's (NYSAEYC) Child Program Administrator Credential (CPAC) or individuals working as assistant directors, directors, program administrators and family child care owners seeking to develop professionally. Upon successful completion of the program, the student will be prepared to submit the required portfolio for the CPAC credential.

The college also offers an associate degree program in Early Childhood Administration for those who wish to enter the field but have little or no experience.

The certificate program is offered through the college's Teacher Preparation Department.

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Program Highlights

  • The certificate can be completed online, allowing students from around New York State to complete the certificate. Hudson Valley Community College is currently the only SUNY community college offering this certificate coursework.
  • Coursework can be completed through either full- or part-time study.
  • New York State Child Care Educational Incentive Program (EIP) funding may cover all or some of the tuition cost.
  • Students may earn seven additional points toward your QualityStarsNY rating - three additional points for the administration courses and four additional points for earning the CPAC credential.

Online Program can be completed by attending online.

Scholarships Available Scholarships available.

Career and Transfer Opportunities

The certificate program is aimed at those who are already employed administering or directing an early childhood education program and who are seeking to obtain the Children's Program Administrator Credential (CPAC), which is offered by NYSAEYC. The 24-credt certificate offers intensive coursework on the administration of early childhood facilities and provides verifiable professional development for those in the field.

The New York State Capital Region Occupational Projections for educational administrators for preschool and child care shows ''very favorable employment prospects" with a growth rate of 10.5 percent.

ONET Online shows a projected growth between 2015 and 2022 of faster than average (15 – 21 percent) with 27,800 projected job openings in preschool and childcare center program administration.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook between 2015 and 2022 shows faster than average (17 percent increase) growth in preschool and child care director positions with median pay in 2015 at $43,950 per year.

Salaries vary based on position and degree attainment. Here are median salaries taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of 2015): Preschool and Childcare Center Directors, $45,670.

The Center for Careers and Transfer offers Career Services and Transfer Services to all students.

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For more information regarding this program, contact:

Antoinette Howard
Department Chair
Teacher Preparation Department
Higbee Hall, Room 109
(518) 629-7250
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For more information about admission to this program, contact:

Admissions Office
Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223
(518) 629-7309