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Change the lives of young children

Nurture young children in their first steps of life and education. When you earn an associate degree in Early Childhood Education at Jamestown Community College, you’ll be able to work in the education field with children from birth through grade 2. You can also pursue your bachelor’s degree and become a public school teacher.

As an education major in the Liberal Arts & Sciences programs, you will select a concentration or content (subject) area of expertise. Appropriate concentrations should be discussed with your advisor and are highly dependent upon your transfer school. Some examples of concentrations are English, modern languages, social sciences, math, math/science, general science, and specific science areas.

The A.S. degree prepares you to transfer and continue coursework in order to earn a bachelor’s degree, which is necessary to become a public school teacher. You can also apply for teaching assistant positions directly after graduation from JCC.

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Clubs & Organizations

Clubs & Organizations

  • Teacher Education Club

Internships & Fieldwork

Internships & Fieldwork

You’ll have the opportunity to complete multiple field placements, helping you specialize in your field.

Related Majors

Related Majors

Your career after JCC

To become a public school teacher, you will need to transfer for a bachelor’s degree in education. Once the bachelor’s degree in early childhood education is completed, you’ll be eligible for initial certification as a teacher for children from birth through grade 2.

If you do not transfer and instead move directly into the workforce, you will be eligible for positions such as director, lead teacher, or teaching assistant in childcare centers, Head Start, and similar facilities. You can also enter the public or private school setting as a teacher’s aide or after-school program teacher or director.

Young children have unique needs, and you’ll be there for many of their first experiences. You could be one of the first adults young children meet outside of their family, and your passion for caring for and nurturing them will directly influence their lives and development. You’ll introduce them to beginning concepts, such as numbers, letters, sounds, shapes, and colors. You’ll also help them interact with other students and introduce them to the world of learning.

You can also specialize in special education, education administration, curriculum design, student counseling, and more in any setting that welcomes the pursuit of learning. Consider roles in youth organizations, residential life, student activities, prison systems, rehabilitation centers, tutoring, and other areas in addition to teaching in public schools.

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Minimum program credit hours: 60

Program Codes
Degree Option
Associate in Science Degree
Hegis Code
Curriculum Code
General Requirements
21-23 credit hours Degree Requirements Met
ENG 1530: English Composition II3 BCOM H CENG
ENG 1540: Writing About Literature3 HUMA H CWRT, VEDP
World Language Requirement

Choose from courses within the ARA, CHI, FRE, RUS, SPA disciplines.

6-8 FLAN H
PSY 1510: General Psychology3 SOSC S SR
PSY 2520: Child Development3 SOSC S SR
Mathematics Electives (college level)

3 credits must be SUNY General Education-category specific.

Core Requirements
23 credit hours Degree Requirements Met
EDU 1510: Foundations of Education3

Students must choose one of the following areas in which to earn the 12-18 credit hours.

Humanities Electives12-18 (X)
Social Sciences Electives12-18 (X)
Mathematics and Sciences Electives12-18 (X)
Any EDU course (not already required) and MAE 2510

To supplement program specialization to 23 total credits

14-16 credit hours Degree Requirements Met

Depending on student’s specialization choice, up to 16 credits may need to be SUNY General-Education specific to satisfy all 10 categories and 3 credits may need to be mathematics and sciences electives to earn at least 6 credits in the category.

14-16 (X-X)
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, 2210, and 2460 all include a field component. The number of field hours varies by course. It is possible to achieve a total of 165 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.