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Liberal Arts and Science - Childhood Education Grades 1-6

Liberal Arts and Science - Childhood Education Grades 1-6

The Childhood Education 1-6 (Teacher Education Transfer) Program, Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree, is designed to provide students with a seamless transfer into the Bachelor of Science Education programs offered by area SUNY institutions, Buffalo State and SUNY Fredonia, and a solid foundation of required coursework for transfer to other SUNY campuses and local private colleges that offer education programs. Curriculum areas include: SUNY General Education courses, subject area concentration courses, introductory education courses and other required core courses related to the childhood education curriculum. Included within this program will be early and direct access to teacher practitioners as students complete the clinical field observation experiences in specific pedagogical courses.

When transferring to the four-year college of choice, students will be able to utilize this degree to pursue the Bachelor of Science in Childhood Education 1-6 degree, a dual Certification Program: Teacher of Childhood Education 1-6 and Childhood Special Education degree, a combined Birth to Grade 6 (Early Childhood B-2/Childhood Education 1-6) degree or a Childhood Education 1-6 with a Middle School extension degree. Successful transfer to an education program at the four-year college level will be contingent upon students meeting the four-year college's admissions criteria, including a minimum GPA required by that institution.

Program Competencies

Upon graduation with a Liberal Arts and Sciences: Childhood Education 1-6 (Teacher Education Transfer) Associate in Arts degree, the graduate will obtain competencies as outlined by the Liberal Arts Department and will be able to demonstrate:

  • the general educational competencies necessary to successfully transition to a four-year teaching school;
  • a firm foundation of basic pedagogical skills;
  • an understanding of the historical, sociological and philosophical foundations of the teaching profession;
  • an understanding of the psychological development of childhood age student populations;
  • demonstrate foundational competency in the core subject areas of English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies;
  • knowledge of the New York State Learning Standards; and 
  • knowledge of school personnel and institutions that affect school policy from the individual school building level through the national level including, but not limited to, the school district, the state government including the State Education Department, the federal government, and alternative educational entities including private schools and charter schools.
SUNY General Education Student Learning Outcomes

The SUNY General Education knowledge and skills areas and the two competencies now function as the basis for the Liberal Arts Program outcomes. These General Education Requirements are detailed in the Academic Information section of the College Catalog.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available. Contact the SUNY Erie Foundation for additional information.

Curriculum

Total Degree Credits: 60.0-69.0

Students matriculated in the Childhood Education 1-6 (Teacher Education Transfer) program will complete a minimum of 60 credit hours in required courses. The listing of required courses for this program will vary to some degree due to the choice of subject area concentration selected and individual requirements of the four-year college students may wish to attend. Because of these factors, students must maintain contact with the department head for Teacher Preparation Programs and/or their adviser. To accomplish this objective, there will be a new student orientation each semester and at least one required contact per semester between the matriculated student and adviser to review the student's overall program performance and other issues to ensure successful completion of the program. Students will also receive appropriate written material to assist them in the transition through this program.

Available At:

City Campus

Pre-Admission Recommendations:

HS or HSE Diploma, Interview, All Remedial Work Completed

Career Opportunities/Further Education:

Transfer to Designated WNY Four-year College to Complete Bachelor of Education Degree

Hegis Code:

5649

Curriculum Code:

1802.ELE

Division:

Liberal Arts
Liberal Arts - Childhood Education 1-6

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Liberal Arts and Science – Childhood Education 1-6

Robin Curran-Capasso
City Campus
Room 439
121 Ellicott Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
P: (716) 270-5211