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

Associate in Arts Degree Program

Hegis Code: 5649 Admissions: 1-800-724-0833
ext. 5018 or 5022
NYSED Code: 27047


Program Description

Students who complete this program earn an Associate in Arts degree in Mathematics and Science: Early Childhood and Childhood Education B-6, with a concentration in Biology, Earth Science or Mathematics. 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 AA Liberal Arts & Sciences: Mathematics & Science-Early Childhood & Childhood Education B-6 Degree program with concentrations in Biology, Earth Science and Mathematics, a student will be able to:

  • Acquire a broad base of knowledge in their concentration: biology, earth science, or mathematics;
  • Decide if teaching early childhood or childhood education is a realistic career for them;
  • Practice writing relevant and innovative lesson plans using the New York State Learning Standards;
  • Develop a personal philosophy based on readings, 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 then go on to earn a baccalaureate degree at SUNY New Paltz or another four-year college and a New York State teaching certificate will be qualified to teach one of the specialty areas 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 or the Department.

Effective Fall of 2008, all students in the Early Childhood Education Program 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: Mathematics and 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.

For more information contact Admissions.

SUNY New Paltz Curriculum

Fifth Semester - SUNY New Paltz
Course Number Description Credits
MAT240 Geometry: A Modern Introduction 3
Electives Liberal Arts Major Courses 12
Semester Credits 15
Sixth Semester - SUNY New Paltz
EED411 Curriculum I: Infants and Toddlers 3
SPE350 Creating Inclusive Elementary School Classrooms 3
EED415 The Development of Symbolic Representation, Language and Literacy 3
Electives Liberal Arts Major Courses 6
Semester Credits 15
Seventh Semester - SUNY New Paltz
EED375 Teaching Reading in the Elementary School 3
EED412 Curriculum II: Preschool and Kindergarten 3
EED413 Curriculum III: First and Second Grades 3
EED414 Developmentally Appropriate Practices for Children: Birth - Second Grade 3
Semester Credits 12
Eighth Semester - SUNY New Paltz
EED407 Student Teaching, Primary Setting 12
EED493 Elementary Education, Selected Topic  
Semester Credits 12
Total SUNY New Paltz Credits 54
Total Degree Credits 125-130

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 Teacher 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.





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