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

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

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.

For more information contact Admissions.

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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