Degree Programs

LA&S Childhood Education (Birth - 6th grade) Utica College Transfer AS

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This program is the first step for students seeking teacher certification in Childhood Education (grades 1-6). In order to earn teacher certification, students must transfer to and complete an appropriate bachelor’s and master’s degree at a transfer institution. As part of the first two years of that process, students in this program complete all ten of the general education areas required by SUNY for a bachelor’s degree. They complete six hours of professional courses (ED150, and ED205), which include at least thirty hours of classroom observation. Students complete 15-18 credit hours in their concentration (Mathematics, English, History/Social Studies, or Science). Specific courses depend on the area of concentration and the transfer institution. It is important for students to contact the college to which they may transfer in order to plan their curriculum. In some cases, it may require careful planning for students to complete a bachelor’s degree in four years.
Goals & Outcomes
First Semester
1.0
ED100 College Seminar
This course is an opportunity for students to develop the skills necessary to be successful in college. Students learn the importance of the faculty-student and advisor-advisee relationship, develop time management techniques, apply effective study skill techniques, recognize the implications of living in a diverse society, utilize college resources, and explore career and transfer requirements. Collaborative projects are included. Students matriculated in a degree program must take this course in their first term of study. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
EN101 English 1:Composition
This course focuses on several kinds of writing-self-expressive, informative, and argumentative/persuasive, and others. A minimum of five essay compositions are required. The course emphasizes the composition of clear, correct, and effective prose required in a variety of professions and occupations.Prerequisites: The required developmental reading (DS051 Essential Reading & Study Skills, or DS080 Study Reading), or SL115 ESL4: Advanced Reading, and/or writing courses (EN099 Introduction to College English or SL116 ESL4: Advanced Composition) or permission of the instructor or designee. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
PY101 Intro General Psychology
This course introduces the many and varied facets of psychology. Emphasis is on interactions of individuals in their cultural, social, and economic environments as determined by their cognitive, behavioral, and emotional experiences and training. See when this course is offered ...
Foreign Language 3cr
3.0
ED150 Soc/Philos Foundations of Educ
This course provides a study of the philosophical, historical, sociological, ethical, and political bases of the N-12 American educational system. It includes a comprehensive introduction to the issues, laws, policies, and practices affecting the education system, teaching, learning, and assessment. It explains ways that teachers and schools can work with students and families to provide a meaningful and equitable education. Topics include diversity in student populations, school funding, high-stakes testing, school desegregation and re-segregation, technology, standardized tests, and learning standards. The history of the American educational system is discussed in relation to current issues and topics in education, teaching, and learning. A 15-hour observation in a general education classroom must be completed. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
MA171 Foundations/Math 1
This is the first of a two-course sequence for sudents preparing to teach at the elementary school level. Topics include the study of real numbers through a development of natural numbers, whole numbers, integers, rational numbers, decimals, and irrational numbers, together with operations on them. Number theory is presented, along with a discussion of numeration systems including bases other than ten. The language and nature of reasoning, together with basic elements of set theory, are introduced. Problem-solving is emphasized. Prerequisite: An appropriate placement test result or MA 091 Introductory Algebra, or equivalent. See when this course is offered ...
PE Physical Education .5 cr
Second Semester
3.0
EN102 English 2:Idea&Values Lit
This course encourages a deeper understanding of human nature and the human condition through the study of ideas and values expressed in imaginative literature. Emphasis is placed on the use and development of critical thinking and language skills. Library-oriented research is required. Prerequisite: EN101 English 1: Composition or EN106 English 1: Composition and Reading. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
HI101 History of Civ 1
This course introduces the nature and study of history, and covers the emergence and development of Eurasian civilization to about 1500 A.D. in the Near East, India, China, Europe, the Western Hemisphere, and Africa. Attention is given to religion in these civilizations and on the rise of the West to a position of world power during the Middle Ages. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
MA172 Foundatns/Math 2
This is the second of a two-course sequence for students preparing to teach at the elementary school level. Topics include elementary geometry of two and three dimensions, measurement, coordinate geometry and transformations, probability, and statistics. Prerequisite: MA171 Foundations of Mathematics 1. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
HI111 Am History 1492-1850
This survey course develops a comprehensive overview of American history as well as a deeper understanding of how its geography, people, institutions, and culture interact to define the American experience. It begins with American colonization and concludes on the eve of the Civil War. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
ED205 Child Development
This course examines children’s physical, social, emotional, language, and cognitive development from pre-natal to age twelve. Topics include childhood development theories and research, the recognition and understanding of significant child behaviors, the role of parenting and culture, the role of the teacher, influence of peers, and play. Students must complete a 15-hour child observation in a daycare setting, observing both infants/toddlers and preschool children. Prerequisite: PY101 Introduction to General Psychology. See when this course is offered ...
PE Physical Education .5 cr
Third Semester
Natural Science Elective 4-4.5cr
Arts Elective 3cr
3.0
ED201 Intro to Early Childhood Educ
This course aids in understanding and providing for the needs and education of young children in care/educational settings. Methods and materials used to plan, implement, and assess integrated learning experiences that consider the inter-relatedness of physical, social/emotional, and cognitive development are explored. The importance of planning experiences for young children to develop intellectual curiosity and demonstrate a respect for diversity of backgrounds is emphasized. This course includes a minimum of eight hours of observation in a preschool classroom. Prerequisites: ED150 Social & Philosophical Foundations of Education and ED205 Child Development. Prerequisites must be met with a minimum grade of “C”. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
ED203 Early Childhood Mthds & Matrls
This course introduces early childhood curriculum development including planning, implementing, and assessment based on the New York State Learning Standards. It covers developmentally appropriate practice, methods, and materials for preschool through primary grade children. Emphasis is placed on curriculum that meets the needs of the whole child: cognitive, social, emotional, language, and physical. Knowledge is gained of early childhood curriculum that is respectful to the backgrounds of all children and families. Early childhood best practices are learned, grounded in early childhood educational theories, including Vygotsky and Plaget, and using play as the vehicle for planning, implementation, learning, assessment, and emphasizing Constructivist practice. Best practice techniques, including lesson plan and thematic unit planning, are demonstrated. This course includes a minimum of eight hours of observation in a preschool classroom. Prerequisites: ED150 Social & Philosophical Foundations of Education and ED205 Child Development. Prerequisites must be met with a minimum grade of “C”. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
EN150 Effective Speech
This course is an introduction to public speaking. It emphasizes the fundamentals of preparing, organizing, supporting, and delivering the speech based on factual material. It includes topic selection, audience analysis, fact vs. opinion, outlining, supporting material, and visual support. Informative, demonstrative, and persuasive speeches are presented. Elements of interpersonal communication, logic, and persuasion are discussed. Prerequisite: EN101 English 1: Composition or EN106 English 1: Composition and Reading. See when this course is offered ...
PE Physical Education .5 cr
Fourth Semester
3.0
ED204 Infant & Toddler Development
This course helps to synergize knowledge of total development from the neonatal stage to age three. These concepts are applied to develop appropriate strategies and care programs that are responsive and supportive of the young child and family. Information gained through observation of infants and toddlers, and through interviews with parents is collected and evaluated in terms of the impact of adult-child interactions and on activity planning. Programming problems and services to families are included. This course includes a minimum of fifteen hours of observation in an 8-week-old to 3-year-old classroom/daycare setting. Prerequisites: ED150 Social & Philosophical Foundations of Education and ED205 Child Development. Prerequisites must be met with a minimum grade of “C”. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
ED207 Obs & Assmnt in Early Chld Env
This course explores the guidelines for appropriate observation and assessment of young children, as well as how to apply numerous developmentally appropriate observation and assessment techniques commonly used in group care and educational settings. It examines the early childhood professional’s role in sharing information gathered and in implementing practices that promote physically healthy/safe and emotionally secure environments. This course requires the student to complete a minimum of 30 hours of observation in early child care settings. Students concurrently enrolled in ED251 Educational Internship, will have the ED207 observation hours waived. Prerequisites: ED150 Social & Philosophical Foundations of Education; ED205 Child Development; and either ED201 Introduction to Early Childhood Education and ED203 Early Childhood Methods & Materials, or ED274 Classroom Management and ED275 Multicultural Education. Prerequisites must be met with a minimum grade of “C”. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
ED211 Intro to Exceptionalities
This course provides an overview of the education of children and adolescents with exceptionalities, focusing on those with disabilities and those with giftedness. Topics include the historical, philosophical and legal foundations of special education and other exceptionalities and their prevalence, causes, and characteristics. Educational modifications, accommodations, and teaching strategies for general and specific classrooms are addressed. Current issues and trends educating children with exceptionalities are explored. A minimum of fifteen hours of observations in a special education setting must be completed. Prerequisites: ED150 Social & Philosophical Foundations of Education or EI101 Introduction to Education and Educational Interpreting; and ED205 Child Development or PY212 Adolescent Psychology. Prerequisites must be met with a minimum grade of “C”. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
ED251 Education Internship
This course provides the student with a field experience in an early childhood or primary grade classroom. Emphasis is placed on the special needs of young children in all-day care, including planning the daily program; promoting nutrition, health, and safety; involving parents; child guidance; observing and recording children’s behavior; and meeting licensing regulations. The weekly seminar is used to discuss fieldwork experiences as well as teaching concepts and skills. A medical exam, fingerprinting, and Child Abuse Central Register clearance are usually required. Students must complete a minimum of 135 clock hours in a classroom setting in addition to a weekly seminar class. Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in the following courses: ED150 Social & Philosophical Foundations of Education, ED201 Introduction to Early Childhood, ED203 Early Childhood Methods & Materials, and ED205 Child Development. Corequisite: ED207 Observation and Assessment in Early Childhood Environments. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
ED206 Language & Literacy in Chldhd
This course studies acquisition of language and literacy from birth through age eight, including theories of acquisition, the components of language, development milestones, atypical development, and ESL. Methods are covered for teaching literacy to children from infants through intermediate grades, including learning to read and write, phonics, whole language other techniques, and integrating literacy into the whole curriculum. Topics include children’s literature and how it can be used in the classroom and curriculum. A minimum of ten hours of observation is required, five in a Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) classroom and five hours in a primary grade classroom. Prerequisites: ED150 Social & Philosophical Foundations of Education or EI101 Introduction to Education and Educational Interpreting; and either ED205 Child Development or PY202 Childhood and Adolescence or PY212 Adolescent Psychology. Prerequisites must be met with a minimum grade of “C”. See when this course is offered ...
PE Physical Education .5 cr


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