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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 Early Childhood and 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 Early Childhood Education (birth to grade 2) and 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 2018) Credit Hours
General Education/Liberal Arts Core Requirements (50 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 or
GEG 101: Introduction to World Geography
HIS 150: American History to 1877 or
HIS 151: American History 1877 to Present
MTH 148: Mathematical Reasoning for Elementary Teachers 1 4
MTH 149: Mathematical Reasoning for Elementary Teachers 2 4
PSY 133: Introduction to Psychology  3
STA 151: Public Speaking 3
ART or MUS elective (select one course)
ART 113: History of Western Art 1 , ART 114: History of Western Art 2
ART 115: Art Appreciation
MUS 115: Music Appreciation, MUS 150: History of Rock and Roll
ART or MUS Elective (select one course)
ART 104: Digital Photography, ART 117: Basic Drawing,
ART 118: Basic Painting, ART 218: Intermediate Painting (Oils)
ART 217: Intermediate Drawing, ART 131: Ceramics 1
ART 125: Three Dimensional Design,
ART 242: Color Line and Design, MUS 100: Fundamentals of Music
MUS 101: Music Theory 1
MUS 172: Piano Class 1, MUS 272: Piano Class 2
MUS 173: Voice Class 1, MUS 273: Voice Class 2
MUS 174: Guitar Class 1, MUS 274: Guitar Class 2
Foreign Language: ASL, FRE, or SPA through the 221 level electives1,5
(or Liberal Arts electives if satisfied by HS language-studio course)
Lab Science Electives:      
     BIO 111: General Biology 1 or BIO 1312: Principles of Biology 1  4 
     CHE 107/107L: Intro to Chemistry 1 or
     CHE 1313: General Chemistry 1 or SCI 199: Int Science and Math4
     GEO 1106: Earth Sciences or GEO 131: Physical Geology 4
Pedagogical Core (6 Credit Hours)  
EDU 210: Principles of Education    3
PSY 220: Child and Adolescent Development  3
Concentration/Specialization Elective (6 credit hours) 6
ENG 201 or 202 or  
ENG 203 or 204 or  
ENG 209: Mythology or ENG 245: Survey of  
Native American Literature  
ENG 114: Early Childhood Literature or  
ENG 214: Survey of Children’s Literature  
ENG 220: Creative Writing or  
ENG 221: Writing Literary Nonfiction  
MTH 221: Calculus I  
MTH 222: Calculus II  
MTH 245: Linear Algebra*  
BIO 132: Principles of Biology II  
BIO 200: Genetics  
BIO 201: Ecology  
GEO 132: Historical Geology  
GEO 141: Astronomy*  
GEO 144: Meteorology*  
CHE 131: General Chemistry I  
CHE 132: General Chemistry II  
CHE 211: Organic Chemistry I*  
CHE 212: Organic Chemistry II*  
PHY 131: General Physics I  
PHY 132: General Physics II  
GEO 141: Astronomy*  
GEO 144: Meteorology*  
HIS 114: History of New York State  
POL 121: Intro to American Government  
Physical Education Requirement (2 credit hours)
Physical Education Elective
Physical Education Elective
Total 64

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

1 Students 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.

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

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

4 SCI 199: Interdisciplinary Science and Mathematics is only offered in the spring semester.

5 If the student has met foreign language requirement by completing one year beyond the regents, they may take 6 credits of liberal arts electives. Potsdam recommends studio course, or ENG 100/MTH 125 could also be used here.

6 GEO 110: Earth Sciences is recommended for those planning to teach elementary grade levels.

For more Information

Jeri Fairman, Associate Vice President for Liberal Arts Division

Gwen Francis-Frey, Education Department Chair

Application and Admissions Information
Enrollment Services
315-786-2437 or Toll Free 1-888-435-6522