This one-year certificate designed for individuals who have already completed an associate's degree in early childhood or a bachelor's degree in a related field or those who are pursuing the New York State Association for the Education of Young Children's (NYSAEYC) Child Program Administrator Credential (CPAC). It's also designed for assistant directors, directors, program administrators and family child care owners looking for professional development. After successfully completing this program, you will be prepared to submit the required portfolio for the CPAC credential.

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

The certificate program is offered through the college's Education and Social Sciences Department.

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Career Opportunities

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The certificate program is meant for 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.

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Salaries vary based on position and degree attainment. Here are median salaries taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of 2017): Preschool and Child Care Center Directors, $38,140.

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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook by 2022 shows faster than average (17 percent increase) growth in preschool and child care director positions.

Get in Touch

Department or program information:

Elizabeth A. Yanoff, Ph.D.
Education and Social Sciences DEPARTMENT CHAIRPERSON
Higbee Hall, Room 109

Program admission information:

Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223
Regular Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Summer Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.