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Liberal Arts and Sciences with Advisement Area in Childcare

The Degree

Associate in Arts (A.A.)

The Outlook

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of childcare workers is expected to grow at a faster than average through 2020. Growth is expected because of increases in the number of children who require childcare and continued demand for preschool programs.

The Program

This degree with an advisement area in childcare offers you the opportunity for practical experience in your field by participating in internships at nursery schools, day care centers, or other community service agencies that provide health, education, and welfare services. In addition, the College takes pride in its modern day care center, located near the entrance of campus, which also provides opportunities for field experience.

The A.A. Liberal Arts Program

The Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree at Finger Lakes Community College is designed for students who intend to transfer to pursue a baccalaureate degree, with courses equivalent to those offered during the freshman and sophomore years at most four-year colleges and universities.

Students who transfer from FLCC with an A.A. Liberal Arts and Sciences degree pursue bachelor's degrees in a broad range of majors such as:

  • 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 Courses: In addition, FLCC offers Honors courses, open to all qualified students, that 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.

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 Faculty

Faculty include practitioners in the field and fulltime and adjunct faculty members with expertise in early childhood psychology, education, and health. The learning environment is both practical and experiential as well as knowledge based. Childcare faculty are dedicated to helping students achieve their academic and career goals.

Information for Students Who Are 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.

Many new students who are undecided about their college major will apply for admission into the A.A. or A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences program. 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 who enter college with a declared major, statistics show that approximately 70% will change their major at least twice before graduating.

The most important advice we can give undecided students is "don't get discouraged." Instead, take these action steps toward your future:

  • Visit the Finger Lakes Community College 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 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, students often get a clearer picture of their favorite and least favorite subject areas.