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Liberal Arts and Sciences with Adolescent Education Advisement Area

The Degree

Associate in Arts (A.A.)

The Outlook

If you're interested in teaching middle or high school students, Finger Lakes Community College's A.A. liberal arts and sciences degree with an advisement area in adolescent education is for you! According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of middle school teachers is expected to grow 12 percent from 2012-2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations, while employment of high school teachers during this period of time is projected to grow 6 percent.

The Graduates

Graduates of this degree program have successfully transferred to four-year institutions* such as:

  • Keuka College
  • Wells College
  • SUNY Colleges at Geneseo and Oswego

Graduates transfer to pursue baccalaureate degrees in teacher education.

Salary: According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median annual wage for middle school teachers was $53,430 in May 2012, while the median annual wage for high school teachers was $55,050 during that same time period. 

* This is a sampling of some of the four-year colleges and universities to which FLCC students have transferred. Please consult your advisor or the educational planning and career services office for a complete listing of transfer agreements between FLCC and four-year institutions.

The Scholarships

As an adolescent education major, if you meet specific award criteria, you will be eligible for the Kiwanis Club/Canandaigua Classic Scholarship in Memory of Denett Pimkowski. For information on this scholarship, contact the social sciences department or financial aid office.

The A.A. Liberal Arts Program

The A.A. degree at FLCC is designed for you to transfer into a baccalaureate degree program, with courses equivalent to those offered during the freshman and sophomore years at most four-year colleges and universities. After earning your A.A. degree from FLCC, you will have the opportunity to pursue baccalaureate degrees in a broad range of areas. These areas include:

  • Elementary and Secondary Education
  • Psychology
  • Political Science
  • Pre-Law
  • English
  • History

The degree is recognized in transfer (articulation) agreements with a large number of public and private four-year institutions in New York State and across the nation.

In addition, open to all qualified students, FLCC offers honors courses, which provide enhanced educational experiences for students with outstanding ability. Successful completion of honors courses or an Honors Certificate may increase your options for transfer to four-year institutions.

Information for Students Undecided about their Majors

Liberal arts and sciences could be the ideal place for you to begin your college career at FLCC. You can explore your interests and abilities, while at the same time begin working toward a college degree.

A great percentage of new students that are undecided about their college major will apply for admission into the A.A. or A.S. liberal arts and sciences degree programs. It is more common than you may realize for students to be uncertain about their academic and career goals upon entering college. Even for those students that enter college with a declared major, statistics show that approximately 70 percent will change their major at least twice before graduating.

It is important to keep in mind not to get discouraged. Instead, take these action steps toward your future:

  • Visit the FLCC career services office to learn more about yourself, define your goals, investigate career interests, and decide on what you want in a career. Ask about FOCUS2, a computerized career guidance system, which provides occupational information as well as an assessment of your interests, abilities, experiences, and values.
  • A career services counselor can also help you with the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Strong Interest Inventory, self-assessment and career guidance tools that help with career planning and offer insight into personal and professional development. Make an appointment at the career services office to learn about these and other career guidance resources that are currently available. After you complete an assessment, your scores will be interpreted for you and discussed with you at an individual appointment.
  • When selecting your course schedule (with the help of your advisor), try to choose courses in a variety of disciplines. After a few courses, you will get a clearer picture of your favorite and least favorite subject areas.