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Childhood Education AA/BA

Program Type: Transfer,  jointly registered to bachelor's degree with SUNY Potsdam
Delivery: On-campus (associate and bachelor's degree)
Personal Interests: Love of learning, working with children, shaping future generations
Skill Development: Teaching, communication, education principles and processes, creativity, problem solving
Career Options: Education
Program Code: HEGIS 5649

Prepare for a teaching career in a joint degree program with SUNY Potsdam

Jefferson partners with SUNY Potsdam to help students earn an associate’s degree in childhood education followed by a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood/Childhood Education in just four years. You’ll study for your first degree at Jefferson before transferring without interruption to SUNY Potsdam.  All SUNY Potsdam classes can then be taken at Jefferson or online.  No need to travel to Potsdam.  When you graduate from SUNY Potsdam, you’ll be ready to teach children from early childhood through sixth grade. 

This program offers:

  • Seamless transition between Jefferson and Potsdam
  • Classes on teaching and educational practices
  • Fundamental skills for success and lifelong learning
  • Joint advisement from Jefferson and Potsdam staff to ensure your success
  • Cross registration of classes between both colleges to get the classes you need, when you need them
  • Savings on general education and core business classes at Jefferson, plus savings on travel to complete your bachelor's degree
  • No transfer application needed to SUNY Potsdam
  • Early registration for Potsdam classes

Shape future generations with a career in education

Teachers have a direct role in shaping future generations by applying proven teaching techniques and strategies in the classroom. Teachers engage students and build with creative solutions to meet today’s educational challenges.

The job market for teachers in our area is growing because there is a predicted shortage. 

Learn teaching techniques and developmental milestones

When you complete the Childhood Education A.A./B.A. you will:

  • Understand and apply the history, conventions, and best practices in the field of education
  • Demonstrate knowledge of major milestones and principles of physical, cognitive, and socio-emotional development in childhood
  • Learn to communicate with adults and children
  • Successfully fulfill requirements for all SUNY General Education knowledge and skills areas

Degree requirements for Childhood Education A.A./B.A.

General Education/Liberal Arts Core requirements (50 total credit hours)

ENG 101: Research and Composition
ENG 102: Literature and Composition

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
MTH 149: Mathematical Reasoning for Elementary Teachers 2 

PSY 133: Introduction to Psychology
STA 151: Public Speaking

ART or MUS elective (select one course) - 3 credit hours
ART 113: History of Western Art 1 , ART 114: History of Western Art 
ART 115: Art Appreciation
MUS 115: Music Appreciation, MUS 150: History of Rock and Roll

ART or MUS Elective (select one course) - 3 credit hours
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
CHE 107: Intro to Chemistry 1 or CHE 131: General Chemistry 13 or SCI 199: Int Science and Math4 
GEO 1106: Earth Sciences or GEO 131: Physical Geology

Pedagogical Core (6 credit hours)

EDU 210: Principles of Education
PSY 220: Child and Adolescent Development 

Concentration/Specialization Elective (6 credit hours) 

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: Astronomy7 
GEO 144: Meteorology7 

CHE 131: General Chemistry I
CHE 132: General Chemistry II
CHE 211: Organic Chemistry I7
CHE 212: Organic Chemistry II7 

PHY 131: General Physics I
PHY 132: General Physics II
GEO 141: Astronomy7 
GEO 144: Meteorology

HIS 114: History of New York State
POL 121: Intro to American Government

Physical Education Requirement (2 credit hours)

Total 64 credit hours

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 an Art 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.
7Will impact satisfaction of upper-division credits in the specialization; may require additional upper-division work in the specialization in the junior/senior year.

Program contacts

Gwen Francis-Frey
Education Department Chair
(315) 786-2362

Lynn Emrich
SUNY Potsdam
Advising Coordinator Education
(315) 786-2241 

Jeri Fairman
Associate Vice President for Liberal Arts
(315) 786-6542

Application and Admissions Information
Enrollment Services
Jules Center, building 6, suite 6-010
(315) 786-2437 or toll free 1-888-435-6522