Early Childhood Care and Management - Program Description

The Bachelor of Business Administration in Early Childhood Care and Management combines theory and practice for students seeking careers in the childcare field; working specifically with children from infancy – 5 years of age. The degree program prepares students for work in childcare centers; private preschool, nursery, and university early childhood lab schools, family childcare settings, Head Start and government-sponsored programs, and various early childhood based businesses and organizations within the early childhood and childcare industry.

A student works with a toddler on reading activities

The program will assist students with defining their role in the field as professionals. The degree will offer course content related to child development, individual and program assessment, family relationships, curriculum planning, primary teaching methods, quality caregiving, program administration, and leadership. It will provide a combination of educational foundation, theory, professional reflective practice, and direct application of these skills. Early Childhood upper-level program electives will offer subject matter relevant to the professional development and growth of the early childhood educator and early childhood director. Additional courses will provide a strong business-focused foundation. Additional courses will include content related to organizational leadership, human resources and fiscal management, small business management and ownership, and leadership.

Career Opportunities:

The employment opportunities cover a broad range, including major employers and also entrepreneurships. Graduates are working in:

  • Child Care Center Owner
  • Child Care Center Director [private, corporate, college lab-based]
  • Child Care Center Assistant Director
  • Child Care Center Lead Teacher
  • Self Employed Family Child Care Center Provider
  • Early Childhood Resource and Referral Agencies
  • Early Childhood Trainer or Consultant
  • Head Start Program Administration
  • Children’s Museum Educator / Trainer

Note: The SUNY Canton Bachelor of Business Administration in Early Childhood Care and Management degree is not a NYS Registered Program for NYS Teacher Certification.

NYS Teacher Certification requires completion of NYS Board of Education requirements via a master’s program or “alternative” pathway. For further information regarding certification, please view the NYS Department of Education Teaching Initiatives website.

Our curriculum and course of study focuses on working with families and children from infancy to age 5, preparing graduates for teaching, leadership, and administrative positions in state-licensed childcare programs, the childcare industry, and the early childhood field exclusively. Courses incorporate NYS Office for Children and Family Services professional development trainings as required for employees in state licensed childcare centers.

Admission Requirements:

  • Refer to the table of high school course prerequisites for admission.
  • Transfer students must meet re-registration requirements to be considered for admission.


Semester I Credits

Prefix Course Name Credits
ECHD 101 Introduction to Early Childhood (GER 7) 3
ENGL 101 Composition and the Spoken Word (GER 1/2) 3
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
FYEP 101 First Year Experience* 1
  Diversity Elective (GER 3) 3
  Science Elective w/lab (GER 5) 3-4

Semester II Credits

Prefix Course Name Credits
BSAD 100 Introduction to Business 3
ECHD 121 Wellness in Young Children 3
ECHD 131 Infants and Toddlers 3
PSYC 220 Child Development 3
  Math Elective (GER 4) 3-4

Semester III Credits

Prefix Course Name Credits
ECHD 105 Orientation Early Childhood Field Experience 1
ECHD 125 Curriculum Development 3
ECHD 250 Children with Special Needs 3
ECHD 285 Issues & Policies in Early Care & Education** 3
  General Elective (GER 6, 8, 9, 10, 11) 3-4
  General Elective 3

Semester IV Credits

Prefix Course Name Credits
ACCT 101 Foundations of Financial Accounting 4
BSAD 203 Marketing 3
ECHD 201 Early Childhood Field Experience*** 4
ECHD 204 Early Childhood Observation 3
  General Elective (GER 6, 8, 9, 10, 11) 3

Semester V Credits

Semester VI Credits

Semester VII Credits

Prefix Course Name Credits
BSAD 340 Management Communications 3
ECHD 409 Orientation to Culminating Experience 1
ECHD 420 EC Program Development & Management 3
  U/L Program Elective 3
  U/L Elective 3
  U/L Elective 3

Semester VIII Credits

Prefix Course Name Credits
ECHD 410 Internship AND/OR
U/L Program Elective(s)
ECHD 411 Capstone Project 3

* FYEP 101 may be waived for Transfer students dependent on transfer credits [24 cr. min.]

** Fulfills writing intensive requirement.

U/L = Upper Level Courses (300/400)
GER = General Education Requirement

Must meet 7 of 10 General Education [GER] course requirements.

REQUIRED GER Categories: 1-2, 3, 4, 5 and three additional required GER Categories Options: 6, 7, 8 ,9, 10, 11

College-Level Math [GER 4] required, no credit for ENGL 097 or MATH 100

U/L Program Electives

ECHD 302: Multi-Cultural EC Curriculum
ECHD 303: Physical Activity: Indoors & Out
ECHD 304: STEM in the Early Years
ECHD 402: Early Literacy & Language Dev.
ECHD 403: Family Child Care Development & Management
ECHD 405: Mentor: Teacher as Trainer

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Social Sciences Department Chair
Dr. Maureen Powers-Maiocco