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College Catalog Fall 2009 - Spring 2010

Liberal Arts and Sciences: Early Childhood Education, Childhood Education, and Adolescence Education (Teacher Education Transfer) - AS

The Field

Many students in Delhi’s Liberal Arts and Sciences programs express interest in teaching careers, and many students pursue bachelor degrees in education upon leaving Delhi. The three Teacher Education Transfer options described below are an integral part of Delhi’s efforts to provide multiple pathways for students to put a liberal arts degree into practice.

The Teacher Education Transfer options provide students with knowledge, skills, theory, and hands-on educational experiences that prepare them for transfer to four-year institutions with New York State teacher-certification authority. Graduates who satisfactorily complete the program and satisfy the admissions requirements of participating SUNY colleges will be able to transfer with full credit and junior status into participating SUNY four-year teacher-education programs.

The Instructional Program

Students in the Teacher Education Transfer programs begin fulfilling their liberal arts concentration requirements along with taking courses in education theory and practice. Concentration areas offered at Delhi include the following: biology, chemistry, English, general science, history/social studies, mathematics, and physics.

Each of the three Teacher Education Transfer options requires a minimum of 62 credit hours for graduation.

The Teacher Education Transfer options are designed to prepare students for transfer to classroom teacher preparation programs in three areas: early childhood, childhood, and adolescence education. Early Childhood Education spans birth through grade 2, Childhood Education spans grades 1-6, and Adolescence Education spans grades 7-12. (Those with Childhood Education certification can also qualify to teach middle school by taking additional coursework in a subject area specialty.) A student who plans carefully can normally expect to transfer as a full junior to one of eight SUNY four-year institutions that participate in the teacher-education transfer program. Since transfer institutions may have differing requirements, students should plan their program of study with a transfer counselor and an academic advisor as early as possible, preferably before beginning their first semester at Delhi.

SUNY Delhi has collaborated with a number of SUNY teacher-education programs to permit seamless transfer from Delhi to these four-year institutions. In most instances, Delhi graduates will be able to transfer with junior status. Students should be aware that SUNY's teacher-education programs may alter admissions requirements and selectivity. Delhi students should carefully plan their teacher-education program of study with an academic advisor to maximize their transfer options.


SUNY Curriculum Codes:

1802 - Early Childhood Education
1803 - Childhood Education
1804 - Adolescence Education

General Education

General Education requirements for the Teacher Education Transfer programs include a minimum of 37-44 credits as follows:

Course No.


Cr. Hrs.

 COMM 100

Public Speaking


 ENGL 100

Freshman Composition


 HUMN ___

Foreign Language Electives


 MATH ___

Mathematics Electives1


 PSYC 100

Introductory Psychology I


 ____ ___

American History Elective


 ____ ___ Arts Elective


 ____ ___ Literature or Humanities Elective2


 ____ ___ Laboratory Science Electives3


 ____ ___ Western Civilization Elective


 ____ ___ Other World Civilizations Elective





Liberal Arts Concentration

In addition to the General Education requirements, each of the Teacher Education Transfer options requires a Liberal Arts Concentration comprised of 12-18 credit hours of coursework. All New York State registered teacher-education programs require completion of a liberal arts concentration. Students should determine their area of concentration early on so they can begin fulfilling concentration requirements before transferring. These courses should be selected in consultation with a transfer counselor or academic advisor and should reflect both the student's area of academic specialization and transfer institutions' requirements.

Program Core

Program Core requirements for the Teacher Education Transfer programs include 7 credits of coursework as follows:

Course No.


Cr. Hrs.

 EDUC 100

Foundations of Education


 EDUC 101

Practicum in Education


 PSYC 215

Child Growth and Development4





 PSYC 240 Adolescent Psychology4





Degree Requirement: 62 credit hours


1 Students in the Adolescence Education program take 3 credits of mathematics; students in the Early Childhood and Childhood Education programs take 6 credits of math.

2 Students choose among the following three courses: LITR 100 Introduction to Literature, LITR 110 Introduction to Fiction, and HUMN 170 Philosophy.

3 Students in the Adolescence Education program take 4 credits of laboratory science; students in the Early Childhood and Childhood Education programs take 8 credits of lab science.

4 Students in the Early Childhood and Childhood Education programs take PSYC 215 Child Growth and Development; students in the Adolescence Education program take PSYC 240 Adolescent Psychology.

Additional Notes:

  1. Students planning to transfer should work closely with a transfer counselor and an academic advisor. The degree requirements may be modified depending on the requirements of the specific transfer institution. Many transfer institutions also have specific overall GPA requirements. Students should check with a transfer counselor or academic advisor.
  2. Students planning to transfer to a four-year SUNY institution to complete their teacher-education baccalaureate degree must complete the entire State University General Education requirement plus an additional three credits of foreign language.

Admissions Requirements

The minimum requirement for admission to Delhi is graduation from an accredited secondary school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma. Particular attention is paid to Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and/or ACT Assessment Test scores of prospective students.

The mathematics, reading, and writing skills of all new, full-time students are assessed upon entry into the College. High school coursework and advisor interviews with prospective students form the basis for initial placement in writing, reading, and mathematics courses. Most students enter immediately into college-level courses, but those who are not prepared for college-level work are placed in developmental courses. Students who must take a full semester of developmental courses will not be considered for admission to a Teacher Education Transfer program until completion of that coursework. Additionally, it is highly unlikely that such students will be able to complete program requirements in four semesters.

Upon entry to one of the Teacher Education Transfer programs, students should be prepared to take the following courses in their first semester: ENGL 100 Freshman Composition, EDUC 100 Foundations of Education and EDUC 101 Practicum in Education, Freshman Seminar, an appropriate college-level mathematics course, and other courses appropriate to the SUNY General Education mandate.

Students are advised that most transfer schools require a minimum GPA ranging from 2.5-3.0, as well as faculty recommendations specific to the Teacher Education Transfer program. 

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Last Updated: 3/20/09