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Welcome!

Welcome to Empire State College!

I am a Mentor and Area Coordinator for the Center for Distance Learning. At this site you will find many of the resources you need to get started at ESC. I have included links to help you navigate the college, register for courses, and begin the degree planning process. Click here for more information about Empire State College.

My expertise is in the field of early childhood so I have provided additional resources to help students who are interested in working with young children. If this is your goal, you will find a variety of information about the credentials available through New York State Association for the Education of Young Children, links to professional organizations, and pathways to Teacher Certification.

You are encouraged to email me at Tracy.Galuski@esc.edu. Good luck with your studies!

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Tracy Galuski

EARLY CHILDHOOD STUDIES CONCENTRATION (Associate’s)

For those of you that want to work in the field of child care there is a lot of flexibility. Students who want to teach in a child care or preschool settings seem to prefer either EDUCATIONAL STUDIES or COMMUNITY and HUMAN SERVICES with a concentration in EARLY CHILDHOOD STUDIES. You are qualified to be a Head of Group for preschoolers in NY if you have an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood, Child Development or related field. Infant Toddler Teachers require a little more specific training in infant and toddler care. You can visit the required staff qualifications through the following NYS OCFS link: http://www.ocfs.state.ny.us/main/childcare/regs/418-1_CDCC_regs.asp#s13

Here are the ESC CDL courses that I would suggest:

  • Exploring the Professions: Children and Child Care
  • Intro to Child Development and/or Infant Toddler Development
  • Health and Nutrition for Children (independent study)
  • Diversity in Early Care and Education: Early Childhood Programs (independent study)
  • Attachment in Early Childhood
  • Developing Preschool Programs and/or Developing Infant Toddler Programs

Most of the guidelines for both areas of study can be met with this assortment of courses although you will probably need to fill in a few gaps. Other excellent options at the intro level include; Children’s Literature, Children’s Music, Creative Arts for Young Children, and Observation & Assessment. Additionally, there is a wide variety of independent studies available in the Learning Opportunities Inventory.

CHILD CARE MANAGEMENT CONCENTRATION (Bachelor’s)

Students who want to manage a child care or preschool program could select EDUCATIONAL STUDIES or COMMUNITY and HUMAN SERVICES with a concentration in CHILD CARE MANAGEMENT. In New York, the Office of Children and Family Services requires the person responsible for supervision to have a Bachelor’s Degree with at least 12 credits in early childhood, child development or related coursework. You can visit the required staff qualifications through the following NYS OCFS link: http://www.ocfs.state.ny.us/main/childcare/regs/418-1_CDCC_regs.asp#s13

In some cases you are qualified to manage a child care program with an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood and the Children’s Program Administrator Credential. Please visit my page about NYS Credentials to determine if the CPAC is appropriate for you.

I would suggest that you begin with the foundational courses (at least 18 credits in child development or related courses):

  • Intro to Child Development, Child Development: Advanced, Infant Toddler Development (Select at least 1)
  • Health and Nutrition for Children (independent study)
  • Developing Preschool Programs and/or Developing Infant Toddler Programs
  • Diversity in Early Care and Education: Early Childhood Programs (independent study)
  • Attachment in Early Childhood

Then go on to develop a solid concentration with the following courses (18 credits in upper level management coursework):

  • Exploring the Professions: Child Care: Advanced
  • Human Services Management
  • Funding and Human Service Organizations or Public Finance and Budgeting
  • Supervising Quality Child Care Programs
  • Seminar in Child Care Administration (offered as an independent study)

As I mentioned before, child care is a very flexible field. None of these specific courses are required, but perhaps they will help you develop a solid plan that will help you find success in your chosen field. As always, your mentor will help you determine which courses are appropriate for you within the area of study guidelines. Good luck!

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Tracy Galuski

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Tracy Galuski

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Tracy Galuski