Teacher Preparation Department

Degree and Certificate Programs

The Early Childhood program is a two-year curriculum that leads to an Associate in Applied Science degree and prepares students to work professionally with all types of young children in schools and other childcare institutions. Program graduates have found satisfying career opportunities in a wide range of child care agencies. While some graduates have gone directly from Hudson Valley Community College to employment, many have continued their education at colleges and universities.

The Teaching Assistant Certificate program is designed to provide students with a general core of college-level courses that will satisfy the requirements for U.S. Department of Education No Child Left Behind and the Teacher Assistant Certification as defined in sections 80-5.6 (b) (2) (ii) of the regulations of the Commissioner of Education of New York State, Education Law 3009 (2a). The courses offered in this program also can be applied to an associate's degree in Early Childhood.

The Liberal Arts and Sciences: Adolescence Education (Teacher Education Transfer), A.S. program provides students with foundations to pursue the rich and rewarding field of secondary education. By completing courses in the liberal arts, education and an academic concentration, students will be able to achieve effective transfer to four-year programs leading to teacher certification in Adolescence Education (grades 7-12) by the State of New York. Concentrations include English, History/Social Studies, Math, Biology, Earth Science, Chemistry and Physics.