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Liberal Arts- Childhood Education A.A.
The Program (HEGIS Code 5649)
This curriculum is balanced between mathematics, laboratory sciences, humanities, and social science courses. Students are required to complete mathematics coursework directly tied to this curriculum, as well as a laboratory science in biology, chemistry, physics, general science, or earth science. Stressing the importance of communication skills, six hours of composition and public speaking are required. At least two semesters of a foreign language are also required and students will choose at least one music or art course. Courses in social sciences include introductory courses in American history, world history/geography or western civilization, and choices in psychology, sociology, political science, and economics that support future academic and career interests.
A Principles of Education class will introduce students to the diverse field and its conceptual base. Students may also have the option to complete a field experience that will offer an opportunity to observe and interact with classroom teachers and students. Two credit hours in physical education are included to round out a liberal arts program and facilitate transfer to upper division colleges and universities.
With a total of 62-66 credit hours, including 5 to 6 hours of electives, this curriculum ensures mastery of key content areas in the arts and sciences while facilitating transfer to baccalaureate childhood education programs. The structure of the program would satisfy all of the SUNY General Education learning outcomes and meet the lower division course work to satisfy ongoing NYS Education Department certification requirements.
Academic advising and close partnerships with transfer institutions will help students identify which electives will advance their specific future interests. Restricted choices guarantee that no important area of general education will be overlooked.
Students graduating from the Liberal Arts and Science: Childhood Education (Teacher Education Transfer) program with an A.A. degree will:
- Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively for diverse purposes and audiences, and the ability to find, evaluate, and credit accurately authoritative sources. Students will demonstrate knowledge of the history, conventions and best practices within the field of education.
- Demonstrate knowledge of major milestones and principles of physical, cognitive, and socio-emotional development in childhood.
- Identify, analyze, and evaluate arguments as they occur in their own or others' work.
- Successfully meet all SUNY General Education knowledge and skills areas.
The purpose of this A.A. program is to prepare students to transfer into baccalaureate-level study in childhood education, grades 1-6. Accordingly, this curriculum provides a foundation that will advance future educators’ mastery of content in key disciplines while preparing them for later specialization. The curriculum meets the requirements of the SUNY Teacher Education Transfer Templates and provides the lower division coursework to fulfill the SUNY General Education and New York State Education Department certification requirements.
1History is classified as a social science rather than a humanities discipline at Jefferson.
Lisa Scrivani-Tidd, Associate Professor of Music
Marvin Blachman, Associate Vice President for Liberal Arts
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