LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES:
CHILDHOOD EDUCATION A.A.

This program is designed for students interested in transferring to a bachelor’s degree program in Childhood Education at a SUNY institution.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills needed to meet competencies required of students pursuing further education at a SUNY program in Childhood Education.
  • Demonstrate effective critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrate competency in oral and written communication skills; including the ability to read aloud, interpret written materials, and speak clearly in front of groups of students, families, and colleagues.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of computers and other appropriate applications including skills to enhance oral presentations and written assignments.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the legal and ethical standards of the profession, including an awareness of the implications of their behavior and actions.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of their role as advocates for children and their families; as mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect; as advocates for diversity, and as conscientious and dedicated professionals involved in the field of education.

TRANSFER INFORMATION

Students planning to transfer to a SUNY four-year degree program in Childhood Education should consult with their advisor, the Coordinator for Transfer and Articulation in the Centers for Student Engagement and Academic Advisement, or the Education coordinator. Please note: This program may not be appropriate for students interested in transferring to private colleges or universities; students should consult with their chosen institution to plan the most appropriate course sequence.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Students must be able to satisfactorily perform duties associated with the care and education of children from birth to eight years of age. Download the Technical Standards for the degree.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Please note that students in this program must complete one of the following concentrations to satisfy degree requirements: English, General Science, or History/Social Studies. Students must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours in one of these concentrations. In some cases, liberal arts electives must be used to fulfill concentration requirements.

Transfer credit for Early Childhood or Education courses will only be granted after transcript review by the Education Coordinator.

General Education requirements must be met before the degree will be granted.

A computer literacy requirement applies and may be satisfied either by completing designated courses or by passing a computer literacy test.

COURSES CREDIT HOURS
FIRST SEMESTER
ENGL 101 Freshman English I 3
HIST 101
OR
HIST 102
Western Civilization I
OR
Western Civilization II
3
Foreign Language * 3
PSY 101 Introductory Psychology 3
MATH 115 Elementary Mathematics I 3
15
SECOND SEMESTER
ENGL 102 Freshman English II 3
Foreign Language * 3
PSY 215 Child Psychology 3
MATH 116 Elementary Mathematics II 3
SOC 110 Race and Ethnicity 3
15
THIRD SEMESTER
ENGL 201
OR
ENGL 202
World Literature I
OR
World Literature II
3
HIST 103
OR
HIST 104
OR
HIST 105
Pre-History and Early American History
OR
19th Century American History
OR
America in the 20th and 21st Centuries
3
Science Elective (General Education) ** 3
Liberal Arts or Concentration Elective 3
The Arts Elective 3
Elective (recommended: EDU 120 Technology for Teachers) 2
17
FOURTH SEMESTER
ENGL 209 Children’s Literature 3
Liberal Arts or Concentration Elective 3
Science or Concentration Elective ** 3
PE 199 Physical Education for Children 2
EDU 202 Foundations of American Education 3
Health 1
15
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 62

* Although Spanish 111 and 112 will fulfill degree requirements and SUNY General Education requirements at Cayuga Community College, they may not satisfy requirements at the transfer institution. Students are advised to contact their prospective transfer institution before enrolling in these courses; American Sign Language may be used to satisfy the foreign language General Education requirement for students in this program.
** A combination of two science disciplines is recommended, (Biology/Geology or Chemistry/Physics). Students are advised to contact their prospective transfer institution before enrolling in these courses.
See General Education requirements for The Arts