Humanities and Social Sciences


Carol J. Rogers, Ph. D.
Program Coordinator
Location: E-129
Phone: 716-614-6765

Early Childhood Studies, Certificate


This 31 credit hour certificate has been designed to prepare students with a strong foundation in early childhood values and knowledge. Early childhood workers with a certificate are more likely to remain in the field, which is essential to providing a secure learning environment for young children. Their understanding of children's behavior and family dynamics allows them to interact in ways that are more supportive of children and families.

The certificate in Early Childhood Studies is structured to provide a solid understanding of child development and how children learn in the context of diverse families and communities through course assignments and observations in the field. Coursework provides a balance of skills in writing, communication and mathematics. In completing this certificate, students fulfill the state requirement for Child Abuse Identification and Reporting, Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE).

Program Goals and Objectives

  • To prepare graduates to be effective early childhood-care providers
  • Promote child development and learning
  • Build family and community relationships

Gainful Employment Outlook and Costs

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A highlight of this program is the Infant Toddler Care and Education course where students get to spend 30 hours during the semester observing in an infant/toddler classroom.