Liberal Arts & Sciences: Humanities and Social Science - Early Childhood Education and Childhood Education B-6

Associate in Arts Degree Program

Hegis Code: 5649 Admissions: 1-800-724-0833
ext. 5018 or 5022
NYSED Code: 27046 admissions@sunyulster.edu

Program Description
Students who complete this program earn an Associate in Arts degree in Humanities and Social Science: Early Childhood and Childhood Education B-6, with a concentration in English, French, History or Spanish. This program should be followed by students who plan to transfer to a four-year college to study elementary education. The program is a jointly-registered program with SUNY New Paltz. A student who completes the program and meets transfer requirements will be admitted into the elementary education program at New Paltz. Students planning to transfer to a college other than SUNY New Paltz will receive individual advisement to facilitate their transfer.

Program Outcomes
At the completion of the Liberal Arts & Sciences: Humanities & Social Science-Early Childhood & Childhood  Education B-6  Degree program: a student will be able to

  • Acquire a broad base of knowledge in French, Spanish, and History;
  • Decide if teaching early childhood or childhood education is a realistic career for them;
  • Interpret developmental theories to understand the learning, behavior, culture, and ability of children in the diverse classroom through observations in kindergarten through grade 6;
  • Practice writing relevant and innovative lesson plans using the New York State Learning Standards;
  • Recognize the importance of the children's literature at the elementary level;
  • Develop a personal philosophy based on reading, research, and class assignments;
  • Integrate critical thinking, problem solving, and creative skills with information and theories about education;
  • Develop a strong liberal arts background to aid in passing the New York State teacher certification tests.

Employment Potential
Graduates of the program who go on to earn a baccalaureate degree from SUNY New Paltz or another four-year institution and a New York State teaching certificate will be qualified to teach at the elementary school level.

Requirements for Program Entry

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Satisfactory placement in Entering Student Assessment

Developmental Assistance Available

For students who do not meet basic reading and math requirements or who have other learning issues, extra assistance is available through the Learning Center, The Gary and Janaki Math Center, the Writing Center, the Peer and Friend Tutor Program, and English as a Second Language (ESL) tutors.

For More Information

For more information contact Admissions here or the Department here.

Effective Fall of 2008, all students in the Early Childhood Education Programs must be fingerprinted before they register for their field placement course, which is taken in the second semester: EDU 200: Applied Child Development for Education majors.  The results will be valid for SUNY Ulster, SUNY New Paltz, and for New York State teacher licensing.

Note: All Liberal Arts and Sciences: Humanities and Social Science concentrations continue with the fifth through eighth semester sequence at SUNY New Paltz. The New Paltz curriculum follows the SUNY Ulster concentrations curricula below and can be viewed by clicking here.


Curriculum for English Concentration
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To print a copy of the Program Planning Sheet, click here.

First Semester - SUNY Ulster
Course Number Description Credits

COM 103 or

COM 105

Oral Communication or

Public Speaking

3
ENG 101 College English I 3
MAT 140 Foundations of Elementary School Mathematics 3
HIS 101 or
HIS 102
Western Civilization I or
Western Civilization II
3
Elective * Foreign Language Elective 3
Semester Credits 15
Second Semester - SUNY Ulster
ENG 102 College English II 3
LIB 111 Information Literacy 1
MAT 240 Foundations of Elementary School Geometry 3
PSY 101 General Psychology 3
COM 204 or
THE 110
Oral Interpretation of Children's Literature or
Introduction to Acting
3
Elective * Foreign Language Elective 3
Semester Credits 16
Third Semester - SUNY Ulster
EDU 203 Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education 3
EDU 200 Applied Child Development for Education Majors 1
ENG 217   or
ENG 218
Children's Literature (for Early Childhood students preferably) or
Classics of Children's Literature (for Childhood students preferably)
3
GEG 101 Physical Geography 3

ENG 201 or 
ENG 202

English Literature I or
English Literature II

3

PSY 200

Psychology of Child Development

3
Semester Credits 16
Fourth Semester - SUNY Ulster
EDU 201 Introduction to Elementary Schools and Teaching 3

ENG 209

 Practical Grammar 3
ENG 203 or
ENG 204
American Literature I or
American Literature II
3

Elective

Other World Civilizations

3
Elective ** Natural Science Elective 3
Semester Credits 15
Total Credits - SUNY Ulster 62

NOTE: Through advisement, students will also fulfill General Education Requirements.

* Students who take one 200-intermediate level foreign language satisfy their foreign language requirement.  They may then substitute any Humanities course in place of the second foreign language.
** Students who take GEG 101 may not take ESC 101 as their Natural Science elective because of overlapping course content.

Minimum grades for New Paltz: B in ENG 101 & 102, EDU 201; B- in EDU 200 & 201; C in PSY 200, MAT 140, MAT 240, GEG 101, EDU 203, and foreign languages.
Curriculum for French Concentration
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To print a copy of the Program Planning Sheet, click here

First Semester - SUNY Ulster
Course Number Description Credits
ENG 101 College English I 3
FRE 201 * Intermediate French I 4

HIS 101 or

HIS 102

Western Civilization I or

Western Civilization II

3
MAT 140

Foundations of Elementary School Mathematics

3
COM 103 or
COM 105
Oral Communications or
Public Speaking
3
Semester Credits 16
Second Semester - SUNY Ulster
PSY 101 General Psychology 3
ENG 102 College English II 3
FRE 202 Intermediate French II 4
LIB 111 Information Literacy 1
MAT 240

Foundations of Elementary School Geometry

3
COM 204 or
THE 110

Oral Interpretation of Children's Literature or
Introduction to Acting

3
Semester Credits 17
Third Semester - SUNY Ulster
EDU 200 Applied Child Development for Education Majors 1
FRE 207 Advanced Conversational French 4

GEG 101

Physical Geography 3

HIS 103 or

HIS 104

American History I or

American History II

3

PSY 200

Psychology of Child Development

3
Semester Credits 14
Fourth Semester - SUNY Ulster
EDU 201 Introduction to Elementary Schools and Teaching 3
FRE 208 Advanced French Grammar and Composition 3
EDU 203 Social & Philoshophical Foundations of Education 3
Elective * Natural Science Elective 3
Elective Other World Civilizations Elective 3
Semester Credits 15
Total Credits - SUNY Ulster 62

NOTE: Through advisement, students will also fulfill General Education Requirements.

Students who take GEG 101 may not take ESC 101 as their Natural Science elective because of overlapping course content.

Minimum grades for New Paltz: B in ENG 101 & ENG 102; B- in EDU 200 & EDU 201; C in PSY 200, MAT 140, MAT 240, GEG 101, EDU 203, and foreign language.
Curriculum for History Concentration
Click on the Course Number for the course description.

To print a copy of the Program Planning Sheet, click here.

First Semester - SUNY Ulster
Course Number Description Credits

COM 103 or

COM 105

Oral Communication or

Public Speaking

3
ENG 101 College English I 3
MAT 140 Foundations of Elementary School Mathematics 3
HIS 103 or
HIS 104
American History I or
American History II
3
Elective
Foreign Language Elective 3
Semester Credits 15
Second Semester - SUNY Ulster
ENG 102 College English II 3

PSY 101

General Psychology

3
LIB 111

Information Literacy

1
MAT 240 Foundations of Elementary School Geometry 3
HIS 103 or
HIS 104
American History I or
American History II
3
Elective
Foreign Language Elective 3
Semester Credits 16
Third Semester - SUNY Ulster
GEG 101 Physical Geography 3

EDU 200

Applied Child Development for Education Majors

1

POS 201

American Government

3

PSY 200

Psychology of Child Development

3
Elective ** Natural Science Elective 3
Elective Other World Civilizations 3
Semester Credits 16
Fourth Semester - SUNY Ulster
EDU 201 Introduction to Elementary Schools and Teaching 3

HIS 101 or

HIS 102

Western Civilization I or

Western Civilization II

3
HIS 206 Immigration and Ethnicity in American History 3
EDU 203 Social & Philosophical Foundations of Education 3
COM 204 or
THE 110
Oral Interpretation of Children's Literature or
Introduction to Acting
3
Semester Credits 15
Total Credits - SUNY Ulster 62

NOTE: Through advisement, students will also fulfill General Education Requirements.

* Students who take one 200-intermediate level foreign language satisfy their foreign language requirement. They may substitute any Humanities course in place of the second foreign language.
**  Students who take GEG 101 may not take ESC 101 as their Natural Science elective because of overlapping course content.
*** Student should take only one Western Civilization, either HIS 101 or 102, not both.

Minimum grades for New Paltz: B in ENG 101 & ENG 102, B- in EDU 200 & EDU 201; C in PSY 200, MAT 140, MAT 240, GEG 101, EDU 203, and foreign language.
Curriculum for Spanish Concentration
Click on the Course Number for the course description.

To print a copy of the Program Planning Sheet, click here

First Semester - SUNY Ulster
Course Number Description Credits

ENG 101

College English I

3

HIS 101 or

HIS 102

Western Civilization I or

Western Civilization II

3
MAT 140 Foundations of Elementary School Mathematics 3
PSY 101 General Psychology 3

SPA 201 

Intermediate Spanish I

4

COM 103 or
COM 105

Oral Interpretation or
Public Speaking

 
Semester Credits 16
Second Semester - SUNY Ulster
PSY 101 General Psychology 3
ENG 102 College English II 3
LIB 111 Information Literacy 1
MAT 240 Foundations of Elementary School Geometry 3

SPA 202

Intermediate Spanish II

4
Semester Credits 14
Third Semester - SUNY Ulster
EDU 203 Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education 3
EDU 200 Applied Child Development for Education Majors
GEG 101 Physical Geography 3

HIS 103 or

HIS 104

American History I or

American History II

3

SPA 207

Advanced Conversational Spanish I

4

PSY 200

Psychology of Child Development

3
Semester Credits 17
Fourth Semester - SUNY Ulster
EDU 201 Introduction to Elementary Schools and Teaching 3

SPA 208

Advanced Spanish Grammar & Composition

3
COM 204 or
THE 110
Oral Interpretation of Children's Literature or
Introduction to Acting
3
Elective * Natural Science Elective 3

Elective

Other World Civilizations Elective

3
Semester Credits 15
Total Credits - SUNY Ulster 62

NOTE: Through advisement, students will also fulfill General Education Requirements.

Students who take GEG 101 may not take ESC 101 as their Natural Science elective because of overlapping course content.

Minimum grades for New Paltz: B in ENG 101 & ENG 102; B- in EDU 200 & EDU 201; C in PSY 200, MAT 140, MAT 240, GEG 101, EDU 203, and foreign language.
SUNY New Paltz Curriculum
Fifth Semester - SUNY New Paltz
Course Number Description Credits
EED371 Developmentally Appropriate Practices for Grades 1-6 3
MAT240 Geometry: A Modern Introduction 3
  Liberal Arts Major Courses 12
Semester Credits 18
Sixth Semester - SUNY New Paltz
EED375 Teaching Reading in the Elementary School 3
SPE350 Creating Inclusive Elementary School Classrooms 3
  Liberal Arts Major Courses 9
Semester Credits 15
Seventh Semester - SUNY New Paltz
EED381 Teaching English, Language Arts and Social Studies in the Elementary School 6
EED380 Teaching Mathematics, Science and Technology in the Elementary School 6
Semester Credits 12
Eighth Semester - SUNY New Paltz
EED404 Student Teaching, Primary Setting 6
EED405 Student Teaching, Intermediate Setting 6
Semester Credits 12
Total SUNY New Paltz Credits 57
Total Degree Credits 121-125

NOTE: After completing any of these concentrations at SUNY New Paltz, students must successfully pass the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST) and the Assessment of Teaching Skills/Written (ATS/W) of the New York State Certification Examination in order to be eligible for provisional certification. Additional testing, which includes the Content Specialty Test (CST) and the Assessment of Teaching Skills/Performance (ATS/P), is required for permanent certification.

Rev. 07/2011

 

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