JCC’s teacher education transfer degree programs provide students with knowledge, skills, theory, and hands-on educational experiences that will prepare them for transfer to a four-year institution with New York state teacher certification authority. Graduates will be able to transfer with full credit and junior status into participating SUNY four-year teacher education programs. Students will begin fulfilling their liberal arts concentration requirements along with courses in education theory and practice. Concentration areas include: art, biology, chemistry, earth science, English, foreign language, general science, history/social studies, mathematics, music, and physics. 

This program is designed to prepare students for transfer to classroom teacher preparation programs in the areas of early childhood education (birth through grade 2) at four-year institutions with New York state teacher certification authority. Students who plan carefully can normally be expected to transfer to a four-year institution as juniors. The transfer institutions may have differing requirements. Students should plan their programs with a transfer counselor and an academic advisor as soon as possible and preferably before beginning their first semester at JCC.


Minimum program credit hours: 60

Program Codes
Degree Option
Associate in Science Degree
Hegis Code
Curriculum Code
General Requirements
45-51 credit hours
ENG 1530: English Composition II3
ENG 1540: Writing About Literature3
PSY 1510: General Psychology3
Course Type Credits
Mathematics 3-4
Natural Sciences (lab science recommended) 3-4
Other World Civilizations 3
The Arts 3
American History 3
Western Civilizations 3
Foreign Language 6-8


Core Requirements
9-18 credit hours
EDU 1510: Foundations of Education3
PSY 2520: Child Development3
EDU 2150: Infant/Toddler Development and Education3
EDU 2210: Field Placement I - Education4
EDU 2440: Children's Literature3
EDU 2450: Exceptional Children3
EDU 2460: Exceptional Child Field Placement Seminar1
Important Points
  • Students planning to transfer should work closely with a transfer counselor and an academic advisor. The degree requirements may be modified depending on the requirements of the specific transfer institution. Many transfer institutions also have specific overall GPA requirements.
  • Students planning to transfer to a four-year SUNY institution to complete their teacher education baccalaureate degree must complete the entire SUNY General Education Requirements (SUNY-GER) plus an additional three credits of foreign language. Students must work closely with an academic advisor when choosing the courses to fulfill SUNY General Education Requirements.
  • EDU 1510, EDU 2150, EDU 2210, and EDU 2460 all include a field component. The number of field hours varies by course. It is possible to achieve a total of 185 field hours through JCC coursework.
Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Compose a basic personal philosophy of education using established criteria based on their combined experiences integrating course instruction, reading, reflective writing, discussion, and field placements.
  2. Demonstrate and practice basic applications of tenets of effective teaching through presentation projects, reading, reflective writing, discussion, and field placements. This includes, but is not limited to, principles of lesson planning, classroom management, and reflective teaching.
  3. Understand how young children learn and develop, and will demonstrate this by designing and implementing appropriate and meaningful learning opportunities that promote comprehensive and developmental learning outcomes for all young children.

Transfer Agreements

Our courses and programs are designed to give you a strong foundation in your area of study. But we know that for many of you, your time at JCC is just the first step in your educational journey. And when it's time for you to take your next step, that strong foundation, coupled with the wide variety of transfer agreements we maintain with several top colleges and universities, will help make your transfer process as smooth as possible. Learn More
It is important when planning your transfer to talk with your advisor about the specifics of each four-year college or university. 

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