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Childhood Education (Liberal Arts & Sciences) (A.S.)

Study childhood education at JCC and inspire future students

Teach future generations of students about becoming who they want to be. When you earn an associate degree in Childhood Education at Jamestown Community College, you’ll be able to work in the education field with children in grades 1-6. 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 to classroom teacher preparation programs in the areas of childhood education (grades 1-6) with middle school extension (grades 7-9 subject area) at four-year institutions with New York state teacher certification authority. You can also apply for teaching assistant positions directly after graduation from JCC.

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Scholarships
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 childhood education is completed, you’ll be eligible for initial certification as a teacher for children grades 1-6.

If you do not transfer and instead move directly into the workforce, you will be eligible for positions such as a teaching assistant or teacher’s aide in a public or private school setting.

Childhood education is a meaningful way to channel your passion for working with children and changing their lives. You will guide your students as you create lesson plans, build a warm classroom environment, and nurture individuality. Your students are exploring their independence, social surroundings, and ways to learn, and you’ll be there to lead and support them in their new environment.

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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Courses

Semester 1

  •   SUNY
  •   JCC
Course Credits Requirements Met

EDU 1510: Foundations of Education

3 Applied Learning Values and Ethics

PSY 1510: General Psychology

3 Social Sciences Scientific Reasoning: Social Sciences

Program Core Specialization Elective

Choose a concentration course

3

ENG 1510: English Composition I

3 College Composition

World Language

Recommended:

ASL 1510: Introduction to Sign Language I or

SPA 1510: Introductory Spanish I or

FRE 1510: Introductory French I

3 Foreign Languages Cultural Understanding

INT 1520: Student Success Seminar or

INT 1555: Inquire

1-2 Critical and Integrative Reasoning
  • Concentration courses should be selected carefully with advisor based on transfer requirements.
  • Career goal discussion.
  • Transfer plan discussion.
  • Field placement expectations.
  • Employment options/outlook.

Semester 2

  •   SUNY
  •   JCC
Course Credits Requirements Met

PSY 2520: Child Development

3 Social Sciences Cultural Understanding

Program Core Specialization Elective

Choose a concentration course

3

Mathematics Elective

Recommended:

MAT 1500: Problem Solving or

MAT 1540: Elementary Statistics

3 Math Mathematical Reasoning

ENG 1530: English Composition II

3 Basic Communication Oral Communication

World Language

Recommended:

ASL 1520: Introduction to Sign Language II or

SPA 1520: Introductory Spanish II or

FRE 1520: Introductory French II

3 Foreign Languages Cultural Understanding
  • Concentration courses should be selected carefully with advisor based on transfer requirements.
  • Transfer plan discussion.
  • SUNY schools require World Languages in sequence.

Semester 3

  •   SUNY
  •   JCC
Course Credits Requirements Met

Program Core Specialization Elective

Choose a concentration course

3

Program Core Electives

Recommended:

EDU 2450: Exceptional Children and

EDU 2460: Field Experience/Exceptional Child

4 Applied Learning Global Perspectives

Elective*

Recommended:

HIS 1530: US History Before 1865 or

HIS 1540: US History Since 1865 or

HIS 2610: Intro to US Women’s History

3 American History

Elective*

Recommended:

HIS 1520: World History Since 1500 or

HIS 2600: Global History through Food or

ENG 2660: Literature Goes to Hell or

PHL 1510: Introduction to Philosophy

3 Western Civilization

Elective*

Recommended:

HIS 1510: World History Before 1500 or

ANT 1510: Human Evolution/Prehistory or

ANT 1520: Intro to Cultural Anthropology or

ENG 2730: World Mythology or

GLS 1500: Introduction to Global Studies

3 Other World Civilizations
  • *Requirements Met depends on course choice.
  • Concentration courses should be selected carefully with advisor based on transfer requirements.

Semester 4

  •   SUNY
  •   JCC
Course Credits Requirements Met

Program Core Specialization Elective

Choose a concentration course

3

Program Core Elective

Recommended:

EDU 2500: Literacy in the Classroom or

MAE 2510: Math for Elementary Teachers

3

Science Elective

Recommended:

BIO 1510: Health Science or

Lab Science (dependent upon Program Core Elective choices)

3 Natural Sciences Scientific Reasoning: Natural Sciences

Elective*

Recommended:

ENG 2540: Creative Writing or

ENG 2740: Newswriting and Editing or

ENG 2890: Creative Nonfiction or

CMM 1610: Public Speaking or

THE 1510: Introduction to Theater or

ART 1500: Intro to Art or

MUS 1570: Music Theory I or

MUS 1630: Beginning Piano or

MUS 1670: Beginning Guitar

3 Arts

Elective

0-1
  • *Requirements Met depends on course choice.
  • Concentration courses should be selected carefully with advisor based on transfer requirements.
  • Prepare to transfer to a four-year program.