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College Catalog Fall 2011 - Spring 2012

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

The Field

Many SUNY Delhi students express interest in teaching careers and pursue bachelor degrees in education upon leaving Delhi. SUNY Delhi's three Teacher Education Transfer options are an integral part of Delhi’s efforts to provide multiple pathways for students to put a liberal arts degree into practice.

The Instructional Program

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 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 course work in a subject area specialty.)

Students in the Teacher Education Transfer programs begin fulfilling their liberal arts concentration requirements while 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.

SUNY Delhi has collaborated with eight SUNY teacher education programs to permit seamless transfer from Delhi to these four-year institutions--in most instances, with junior status. Since SUNY's teacher education programs may alter admissions requirements and selectivity, students must carefully plan their teacher education program of study with an academic advisor.


SUNY Curriculum Codes:

1802 - Childhood Education
1803 - Early Childhood Education

 1804 - Adolescence Education

SUNY General Education Requirements:  

Students who intend to receive A.A., A.S., or baccalaureate degrees must satisfy SUNY and campus General Education (GE) requirements to graduate. Students should be aware that GE requirements may vary by academic program. See the requirements below for this program, and consult with your academic advisor.  For general information, see the "General Education" section of this catalog.

A.A.S. and A.O.S. degree students may not be required to fulfill General Education (GE) requirements; however, any student who may wish to transfer should complete as many GE courses as possible. Consult with your academic advisor.


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

Course No. Course Cr. Hrs.
COMM 100

Public Speaking

ENGL ___

Freshman Composition or Advanced Composition 1

HUMN ___

Foreign Language Electives 2

MATH ___

Mathematics Electives 3

PSYC 100

Introductory Psychology I

____ ___

American History Elective

____ ___

Arts Elective

____ ___

Literature or Humanities Elective4

____ ___

Laboratory Science Electives5

____ ___

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 course work. All New York State registered teacher education programs require completion of a liberal arts concentration. Students should determine their area of concentration early 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 the transfer institution's requirements.

Core Requirements

Core requirements for the Teacher Education Transfer programs include 7 credits of course work as follows:

Course No. Course Cr. Hrs.
EDUC 100 Foundations of Education 3
EDUC 101 Practicum in Education 1
PSYC 215 Child Growth and Development6  
  OR 3
PSYC 240 Adolescent Psychology6  
  Total 7

Degree Requirements:  62 credit hours


1 English is by placement according to competency.

2 A sequence of two courses must be taken in the chosen language.

3 The first mathematics course is by placement according to competency. Students in the Adolescence Education program take 3 credits of mathematics; students in the Early Childhood and Childhood Education programs take 6 credits of mathematics, which include Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I & II.

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

5 Students in the Adolescence Education program take 3-4 credits of laboratory science; students in the Early Childhood and Childhood Education programs take 6-8 credits of lab science, consisting of two different areas of science.

6 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 must 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 grade point average 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 SUNY General Education requirement plus an additional three credits of foreign language.


Admissions Requirements

To be eligible for consideration, an applicant must:

High school course work 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 course work. 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: Freshman Composition or Advanced Composition by placement, EDUC 100 Foundations of Education and EDUC 101 Practicum in Education, Freshman Seminar, an appropriate college-level mathematics course by placement, and other courses appropriate to the SUNY General Education mandate.

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


Student Learning Outcomes

A graduate of the A.A.S. degree programs in Teacher Education Transfer will be able to:

  1. demonstrate basic knowledge in a variety of liberal arts subject areas.
  2. employ effective communication skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening).
  3. think critically.
  4. be reflective learners.
  5. develop a personal educational philosophy.
  6. understand and respect diversity, curriculum development, assessment strategies, and classroom management strategies.
  7. apply current educational research.

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Last Updated: 5/12/11