Child Care/Early Childhood Education (A.S.)

The Child Care/Early Childhood Education Program provides a core of Liberal Arts courses as well as specialized courses in child care and early childhood education. The program offers two career areas of study: Infant Toddler and Pre-School/Early Elementary. Coursework in each ECE major includes a progression of ECE courses that cover a wide range of knowledge and skills needed to prepare students to become assistant teachers in childcare, Head Start, nursery and pre-kindergarten programs, and public and private elementary schools. For more information, contact Early Childhood Program Coordinator Professor Jennifer Gilken at


You will find many career choices in the Child Care/Early Childhood Education field. These include working directly with children in early childhood education settings such as child care centers, Head Start programs, pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and first and second-grade classrooms. Upon satisfactory completion of program requirements, the Associate in Science (A.S.) degree is awarded.

A large percentage of BMCC early childhood majors choose to continue their academic work at senior colleges in order to become head teachers with initial New York State certification (Birth to 2nd grade). Our ECE program has articulation agreements with several CUNY senior schools and with New York University. Upon completion of the program requirements in either the ECI or the ECP major, an Associate of Science (A.S.) in Child Care/Early Childhood Education degree is awarded.

Transfer Options

BMCC has articulation agreements with several four year colleges to allow you to seamlessly continue your education there. Students are advised to visit the department to discuss their plans for transferring to a four-year college before choosing their courses.

Academic Program Maps

Evening/Weekend Child Care/Early Childhood Education

In addition, BMCC offers an Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in Child Care/Early Childhood Education with a focus on Preschool and Early Elementary School in an evening/weekend format. Students may complete their degree requirements by attending classes exclusively on Friday evenings and on the weekends.

Required Common Core

Flexible Core3

Curriculum Requirements

Infant/Toddler Specialization Requirements

Preschool Specialization Requirements

Total Curriculum Requirements
Total Program Requirements


  1. Consult with an advisor on which courses to take to satisfy these areas.
  2. These areas can be satisfied by taking a STEM variant.
  3. No more than two courses in any discipline or interdisciplinary field can be used to satisfy Flexible Core requirements.

Teacher Education Dept.

199 Chambers Street, Room S-616
New York, NY 10007
Phone: (212) 220-1274

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