SUNY Jefferson

Childhood Education AA

Program Type: Transfer
Delivery: On-campus 
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 at Jefferson

Jefferson shapes our future teachers by providing a well rounded education in math, science and core education principles. You can choose to focus your efforts on the area you want to teach in and you will enjoy fieldwork and engaging with youth while learning. 

This curriculum meets all requirements of SUNY Childhood Teacher Transfer Template and provides lower division coursework to meet New York State certification requirements.

This program offers:

  • Seamless transition between two-year and four-year institutions
  • Classes on teaching and educational practices
  • Cost savings on general education classes taken at Jefferson
  • Fundamental skills for success and lifelong learning

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 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. you will be able to:

  • 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 the Childhood Education A.A.

General Education/Liberal Arts Core (42 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
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 

Humanities elective selected from approved SUNY General Education Course List for humanities.
 
ART or MUS elective selected from approved SUNY General Education Course List for The Arts.
 
ASL, FRE, GER, or SPA electives selected from courses numbered 121 or higher or liberal arts courses.

Lab Science elective selected from approved SUNY General Education Course List for natural sciences. 
Science Concentrators - please see below for lab science course selection.

Social Science elective chosen from: ANT 141, ANT 143, GEG 101, HIS 120, HIS 122, POL 126.

Pedagogical Core (6 credit hours)

EDU 210: Principles of Education 
PSY 220: Child and Adolescent Development 
***EDU 211: Practicum in Education (recommended but not required)

Major/Concentration (9 credit hours)

Note: This program requires a student to take a minimum of 15 credit hours in the major/field of concentration. Some of these credit hours may have been met by taking coursework in the General Education/Liberal Arts Core listed above. Students are required to identify their major/concentration area upon entering this program.

English Concentration: ENG 101 and ENG 102 (above); then choose 3 courses from: ENG 201, ENG 202, ENG 203, ENG 204, ENG 209, ENG 214, ENG 220, ENG 221, ENG 245.

History Concentration: HIS 150 or HIS 151 and HIS 111 or HIS 112 (above); then choose 3 courses from HIS 150 or HIS 151; HIS 111 or HIS 112; HIS 114, HIS 122; HIS 232.

Earth Science Concentration: Choose from GEO 131, GEO 132, GEO 141, GEO 144, CHE 131, CHE 132 to use as lab science elective (above); then choose an additional 3 courses from this concentration list.

Math Concentration: MTH 148 and MTH 149 (above); the following 3 courses: MTH 221, MTH 222, any MTH course above MTH 222.

Biology Concentration: Choose from BIO 131, BIO 132, BIO 202, CHE 131 to use as lab science elective (above); then choose an additional 3 courses from this concentration list.

Chemistry Concentration: Choose from CHE 131, CHE 132, CHE 211, CHE 212 to use as a lab science elective (above); then choose an additional 3 courses from the following: CHE 131, CHE 132, CHE 211, CHE 212, MTH 221, MTH 222.

Physics Concentration: Choose PHY 131 or PHY 143 as the lab science elective (above); then choose an additional 3 courses from the following: PHY 132, GEO 141, GEO 144, MTH 221, MTH 222, MTH 241, PHY 144, PHY 145.

General Science Concentration: Choose from BIO 131, BIO 132, GEO 131, GEO 132, GEO 141, GEO 144, CHE 131, CHE 132, PHY 131, PHY 132 to use as a lab science elective (above); then choose an additional 3 courses from this concentration list.

Free Electives (3 credit hours)

Physical Education (2 credit hours)

Total 62 credit hours


1Consult with advisor to determine whether foreign language requirement has been met prior to taking coursework in foreign language area.

Program contacts

Gwen Francis-Frey
Education Department Chair
gfrancis-frey@sunyjefferson.edu
(315) 786-2362

Jeri Fairman
Associate Vice President for Liberal Arts
jfairman@sunyjefferson.edu 
(315) 786-6542

 

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