Mar 03, 2024
School: Business and Professional Careers
Academic Dept: Education
Important Note about Program Requirements
The requirements listed below are for students entering into this program from Fall 2021 to Summer 2022. Students who entered the program during a prior semester will find their specific requirements listed in the Catalog under which they entered. Archived Catalogs are accessible through the dropdown menu above.
Students are encouraged to apply early due to an extraordinary demand.
The Liberal Arts and Sciences: Childhood Education A.S. degree prepares students to become thoughtful and effective elementary school teachers in grades 1 through 6. Students will focus on understanding children through their strengths and interests in order to plan meaningful and relevant curriculum. They will consider the importance of collaborating and partnering with children and families to ensure that the classroom is fully engaging and inclusive. With a strong emphasis on the observation of children, students examine practices that best support children’s emotional, social, physical and intellectual needs. Students will develop a personal philosophy of education that will incorporate the work of important theorists and researchers, as well as their own experiences. Seminar style classes ensure that all students in the program have the opportunity to participate thoughtfully in their college experience.
Students in the Liberal Arts and Sciences: Childhood Education A.S. program will receive a solid foundation in the liberal arts, which is the basis for continuing in the field of Education. Students are required to select a concentration in either Art, English, History, Math or Spanish. The program is based on the prescribed course of study universally recognized across the State University of New York to enable transfer to classroom teaching programs at baccalaureate campuses with New York State teacher certification authority. The curriculum is flexible, with classes offered during the day and evening.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, a student will:
- Articulate pedagogical values rooted in a strengths-based perspective of children and families.
- Demonstrate understanding of how to advocate for and partner with children and families of diverse backgrounds.
- Demonstrate understanding of education as a mechanism for social change.
- Demonstrate competency and broad foundational knowledge in the general education curriculum as required by Westchester Community College.
The academic map below presents the recommended plan of study and will guide you through your program in a timely manner. Click the course abbreviations for full course descriptions. A course may be critical because it is a pre-requisite, requires a minimum grade, or because it is only offered once a year. Missing a critical course may push back your graduation date. Meet with an Academic Counselor or Faculty Advisor to ensure you are on track to complete your program.
Critical Courses should be taken in the order shown to stay on track and graduate on time.
✹ Students must take two semesters of the same foreign language
Minimum Total Credits: 64
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