Inspire the next generation through teaching
At Jamestown Community College, you can begin your career in the education field, whether you want to become a teacher, counselor, administrator, or any role that welcomes learning. You can work in public or private schools, youth organizations, residential life, rehabilitation centers, tutoring, and other areas.
- Adolescence Education (A.S.): Your goal is to work with adolescents in grades 7-12. This degree is preferred if you want to be a teacher in the public school system.
- Childhood Education (A.S.): Your goal is to work with children in grades 1-6. This degree is preferred if you want to be a teacher in the public school system.
- Early Childhood Education (A.S.): Your goal is to work with young children from birth through grade 2. This degree is preferred if you want to be a teacher in the public school system.
- Early Childhood (A.A.S.): Your goal is to work with young children from birth through preschool, possibly as a teacher in childcare centers or aide in schools.
- Early Childhood Development (certificate): Your goal is to work with young children from birth through preschool, possibly as an assistant in childcare centers. The certificate is great as part of a more complete career ladder in early childhood education and care.
Note: For our A.S. degrees, to be a public school teacher, you'll need to transfer and complete a four-year program to be eligible for initial certification.
Resources & information
- Dr. Renee L. Funke | Director, Teacher Education and Coordinator, Field Placements | 716.338.1219 | Offices: HULT 223 (Jamestown Campus) and LLAC 317 (Cattaraugus County Campus)
- Beth Starks | Adjunct Instructor, Education
- Ella Ames | Adjunct Instructor, Education
- Deborah Deppas | Adjunct Instructor, Education
- Bridget Majka | Adjunct Instructor, Education
- Heather Metzger | Adjunct Instructor, Education
- Kelli Spink | Adjunct Instructor, Education
Mission/statement of purpose: The Teacher Education Club provides students with additional opportunities related to education and connecting with educational resources.
Students involved in the JCC Teacher Education Club will:
- Gain additional experience opportunities
- Experience opportunities related to topics for professional growth
- Participate in special events related to education
Benefits club can provide to campus community/general student body/local community:
- The Teacher Education Club has co/sponsored guest speakers open to the campus.
- The Teacher Education Club is open to all students interested in working in an educational setting.
- The Teacher Education Club has provided Striders and the GA Center with tutors and interns.
- The Teacher Education Club participated in a drives for items benefitting local agencies.
Goals for the academic year:
- Explore tutoring and internship opportunities
- Develop professional portfolio
- Connect with the educational community and resources
- Utilize the club as an opportunity for Honors students to share their research related to education
- Attend an education conference
- Guest speakers
- LouAnne Johnson
- GA Center principal
- NYSUT (Teacher’s Union) representative
- Kirk Young – leadership development
- United Way
- JCC internship coordinator
- Portfolio and resume development
- New instructional techniques
- Mock interviews
- Create make and take activities to use in internships
- Educational Honors Research Projects – platform/discussion
- Attended an education conference
- Collection of food and school supplies for local agencies
- Planned and facilitated STEM Day at a middle school
The Teacher Education Handbook contains information related to JCC programs, department protocol, and field placements.
- NYS Department of Education
- US Department of Education
- National Association for the Education of Young Children
- NY Association for the Education of Young Children
- National Council for History Education
- Wright's Law Special Education Law and Advocacy
- Council for Exceptional Children
- National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
- Engage NY
- Early Childhood.org
- National Education Association
- National Council of Teachers of English
- National Science Teachers Association
- National PTA
- NYS PTA