Liberal Arts and Sciences: Childhood Education (Teacher Education Transfer)

The Degree

Associate in Arts (A.A.) Liberal Arts and Sciences

The Outlook

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of teachers in childhood education is expected to grow 12 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Through the Childhood Education (Teacher Education Transfer) program, students transfer from Finger Lakes Community College to baccalaureate degree programs in childhood education to become certified teachers of grades 1-6.

The Program

The A.A. Childhood Education degree program introduces you to the historical, philosophical, and social foundations of education. It also:

  • Explores the role of the teacher.
  • Provides coursework in the structure and organization of schools.
  • Offers the opportunity for structured school observations.
  • Provides the liberal arts coursework necessary for students to transfer to childhood education programs at SUNY and private colleges.

The A.A. Liberal Arts Program

The A.A. degree in Childhood Education 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.

Honors Studies

If you have demonstrated outstanding academic ability, you will have the opportunity to take Honors Studies courses at FLCC that provide enhanced educational experiences. If you are a qualified student in this degree program or are a qualified student from another program, enrolling in Honors Studies is open to you. Successful completion of Honors Studies courses or an Honors Studies certificate may increase your transfer options to four-year institutions.

Online Learning

FLCC's online learning offers you a flexible and convenient way to reach your educational goals. With this option, you can pursue your A.A. in Childhood Education at least 50 percent online. Learn more about FLCC online learning.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this degree program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate competency in oral presentation skills.
  • Demonstrate the ability to design and develop a Lesson Plan.
  • Demonstrate the ability to solve problems and think critically.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of career possibilities and trends within the fields of education.
  • Demonstrate sufficient academic background to enable them to enter into and successfully compete within the framework of a four-year institution.
  • Complete the necessary coursework to successfully transfer to a teacher education program in a public or private four-year institution.

The Experience

Thirty hours of guided field observation will expose you to your specific grade level of interest.

The Graduates

Students in this program continue their studies by transferring to four-year institutions to pursue baccalaureate degrees. Some of the colleges and universities they attend include:

  • SUNY Colleges at Geneseo, Cortland, and Oswego
  • Keuka College

FLCC has articulation agreements specifically for teacher education with the following institutions:

  • SUNY Colleges at Geneseo and Brockport
  • Keuka College
  • Roberts Wesleyan College

Salary: According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median annual salary for teachers in childhood education was $53,400 in May 2012.

The Scholarships

As a Childhood 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 FLCC Foundation.