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Liberal Arts- Childhood Education A.A./B.A.

The Program (HEGIS Code 5649)

Students enrolled in this Jointly Registered Program are simultaneously enrolled at both JCC and SUNY Potsdam. They will earn an A.A. degree in Childhood Education here at Jefferson and will proceed without interruption to SUNY Potsdam to complete their B.A. degree in either Early Childhood or Childhood Education. This Program virtually eliminates the concept of “transfer” and replaces it with a clearly defined, four-year plan for program completion.

With a total of 65 credit hours, this curriculum ensures mastery of key content areas in the arts and sciences while facilitating a smooth transition to SUNY Potsdam’s baccalaureate programs in teacher education. 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.

Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Liberal Arts and Science:  Childhood Education (Teacher Education Transfer) Jointly Registered with Potsdam 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.

Career Opportunities

The purpose of this Program is to facilitate a smooth, orderly process of baccalaureate degree completion in either Early Childhood Education (birth to grade 2) or Childhood Education (grades 1-6).

The job market for teachers varies widely by geographic area and by subject specialty. Teachers who are geographically mobile and obtain certification in more than one area should have a distinct advantage in finding a job. Projected employment growth varies among individual teaching occupations.

Degree Requirements (Effective Fall 2014) Credit Hours
General Education/Liberal Arts Core (54 Credit Hours)  
ENG 101: Research and Composition 3
ENG 102: Literature and Composition   3
HIS 111: History of Western Civilization 1 or HIS 112: History of Western Civilization 2 3
HIS 150: American History to 1877   3
HIS 151: American History 1877 to Present   3
MTH 144: Elementary Statistics or MTH 174: Mathematical Probability and Statistics 1 3
MTH 148: Mathematical Reasoning for Elementary Teachers 1 3-4
MTH 149: Mathematical Reasoning for Elementary Teachers 2 3-4
PSY 133: Introduction to Psychology  3
STA 151: Public Speaking 3
ART or MUS elective
     (Select one: ART 113, ART 114, ART 115, ART 117,  ART 242, or MUS 115)
Language electives1 (Choose from ASL, FRE, or SPA through the 221 level )   6
Lab Science electives:      
     BIO 111 or BIO 1312  4 
     CHE 107 or CHE 1313 4
     GEO 110 or GEO 131 4
GEG 101: Introduction to World Geography   3
Pedagogical Core (6 Credit Hours)  
EDU 210: Principles of Education    3
PSY 220: Child and Adolescent Development  3
Major/Specialization Elective (3 Credit Hours)4  
English: 3
Choose from ENG 201, 202, 203, or 204  
ENG 209: Mythology  
ENG 214: Survey of Children’s Literature  
ENG 220: Creative Writing  
ENG 221: Writing Literary Nonfiction  
MTH 221: Calculus 1  
MTH 222: Calculus 2  
MTH 245: Linear Algebra*  
PHY 132: General Physics 2  
GEO 141: Astronomy*  
GEO 144: Meteorology*  
CHE 131: General Chemistry 1  
CHE 132: General Chemistry 2  
CHE 211: Organic Chemistry 1*  
CHE 212: Organic Chemistry 2*  
Biology: BIO 132: Principles of Biology 2  
Geology : GEO 132: Historical Geology  
Social Science/History:  
Note: Social Science/History courses to meet specialization requirements will be completed at SUNY Potsdam.  
Physical Education (Activity-based P.E. Courses)
Total 65-67

*Will impact satisfaction of upper-division credits in the specialization; may require additional upper-division work in the specialization in the junior/senior year.

1Students are expected to complete language coursework through the JCC 221 level. Students with prior language background may use the available space in their schedule once the 221 level has been completed to meet specialization requirements. Students with no prior language background may need to use the elective to complete this language requirement.

2Students specializing in Biology should take the BIO 131/BIO 132 sequence.

3Students specializing in Geology, Biology, or Chemistry would benefit from CHE 131.

4Specialization courses should be selected under advisement depending upon expected Major/Specialization. (See above.) If specializing in English, it is recommended that a 200 level composition based course be taken (ENG 220 or ENG 221). In most cases, specialization courses should be taken at SUNY Potsdam; often a Liberal Arts elective would be the appropriate course to take at Jefferson. Check with your advisor to determine the best selection.

For more Information

Jeri Fairman, Associate Vice President for Liberal Arts Division

Heather O'Brien, Associate Professor of Mathematics

Application and Admissions Information
Office of Admissions
315-786-2277 or Toll Free 1-888-435-6522