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Liberal Arts and Science: Childhood Education

Liberal Arts and Science: Childhood Education

Associate of Science
Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences

Why Study Teacher Education?

The Teacher Education program currently offers three degrees to prepare students to transfer and complete their teacher certification requirements. Programs in Adolescence, Childhood and Early Childhood education will prepare students for a career in teaching. Students will begin their general education/liberal arts requirements, major concentration requirements in either English, history, mathematics, science, social science or foreign languages as well as the required foreign language requirements.

Occupational Objectives:

The AS Teacher Transfer program will prepare students to transfer to a baccalaureate program to continue their education in early childhood education (Birth – grade 2), childhood education (Grades 1-6) or adolescence education (Grades 7-12). Students who complete the program and want to seek immediate employment may obtain positions as teaching assistants.

Sample Courses:

  • Psychology of Childhood
  • Foreign Language
  • Childhood Elective
  • NYSED Electives*
  • Foundations of Education


*Students planning to transfer into a childhood teacher education program must take 9 credits in one of the following areas: Biology, Chemistry, English, History, Mathematics, Physics, Foreign Language, or Social Studies (includes Anthropology, Economics,  Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology)


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Program Goals:

The program will provide students with an effective, rigorous, and dynamic liberal arts and theoretical based program that will assist students in becoming effective teaching professionals. Students enroll in course work that will prepare them for the required Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAST) New York State Teacher Certification Exam.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Develop and demonstrate mastery of effective verbal, non-verbal and written communication skills
  • Develop critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Develop and demonstrate knowledge of core theories and practices of child and/or adolescence growth and development
  • Develop an understanding of the many cultures and family configurations in society as well as an awareness of the racial, ethnic, equity, justice and gender issues facing youth in schools today
  • Develop a sense of professionalism and exhibit high ethical standards in all dealings with colleagues, adults, children and families
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