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Program information

If you want to make a meaningful impact in the lives of children, a career in teaching will allow you to share your love of learning and impart lessons that will last a lifetime. This program is the first step on the path to teacher certification for early childhood (birth-6th grade), childhood (grades 1-6), or childhood special education. It provides the opportunity, in the first two years of your degree path, to complete your general education requirements in addition to paraprofessional and professional courses. You’ll select a concentration when you transfer, so it is important to plan your curriculum around your transfer college requirements.

Upon completion of the two-year program, students should be competent in all of the following areas:

  • Have an understanding of the core foundation of knowledge of the liberal arts
  • Understand the core concepts in multicultural education and special education
  • The ability to explore education as a career path
  • The ability to demonstrate information literacy

See semester-by-semester degree plan.


Transfer options

Graduates have successfully transferred to Utica University.

Career opportunities

With an MVCC degree, you will be eligible to work in or start your own preschool or daycare program. MVCC graduates would also be eligible to work as a teacher's assistant in any public school. Once you receive your degree from Utica University and pass New York State teaching certification, you will be state certified to teach Birth through sixth grade in any public or private school. Graduates will also be able to tutor.

Internship opportunities

This program includes 76 hours of observation in a classroom setting.

Contact us

Sheila Flihan

Sheila Flihan, Dean
Payne Hall 345, Utica Campus
Phone: 315-792-5629

Frank Noti, Assistant Professor
AB 137, Utica Campus
Phone: 315-731-5712