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Liberal Arts and Science - Childhood Education Grades 1-6

Liberal Arts and Science - Childhood Education Grades 1-6

The Childhood Education 1-6 (Teacher Education Transfer) Program, Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree, is designed to provide students with a seamless transfer into the Bachelor of Science Education programs offered by area SUNY institutions, Buffalo State and SUNY Fredonia, and a solid foundation of required coursework for transfer to other SUNY campuses and local private colleges that offer education programs. Curriculum areas include: SUNY General Education courses, subject area concentration courses, introductory education courses and other required core courses related to the childhood education curriculum. Included within this program will be early and direct access to teacher practitioners as students complete the clinical field observation experiences in specific pedagogical courses.

When transferring to the four-year college of choice, students will be able to utilize this degree to pursue the Bachelor of Science in Childhood Education 1-6 degree, a dual Certification Program: Teacher of Childhood Education 1-6 and Childhood Special Education degree, a combined Birth to Grade 6 (Early Childhood B-2/Childhood Education 1-6) degree or a Childhood Education 1-6 with a Middle School extension degree. Successful transfer to an education program at the four-year college level will be contingent upon students meeting the four-year college's admissions criteria, including a minimum GPA required by that institution.

Admissions Requirements

Students matriculated in the Childhood Education 1-6 (Teacher Education Transfer) program will complete a minimum of 60 credit hours in required courses. The listing of required courses for this program will vary to some degree due to the choice of subject area concentration selected and individual requirements of the four-year college students may wish to attend. Because of these factors, students must maintain contact with the department head for Teacher Preparation Programs and/or their adviser. To accomplish this objective, there will be a new student orientation each semester and at least one required contact per semester between the matriculated student and adviser to review the student's overall program performance and other issues to ensure successful completion of the program. Students will also receive appropriate written material to assist them in the transition through this program.

Program Competencies

Upon graduation with a Liberal Arts and Sciences: Childhood Education 1-6 (Teacher Education Transfer) Associate in Arts degree, the graduate will obtain competencies as outlined by the Liberal Arts Department and will be able to demonstrate:

  • identify the nature of the teaching profession;
  • develop a philosophy of education to use in the classroom;
  • identify and describe the historical development of America's public-school system; 
  • identify, analyze and describe diversified education; including the history and treatment of individuals who are exceptional; 
  • develop an understanding of the psychological development of childhood development; and
  • development of foundational competency in the common core subject areas of English and Mathematics.


Scholarships are available. Contact the SUNY Erie Foundation for additional information.


Total Degree Credits: 62.0

Required Courses:

EN 100 - Composition I: Rhetorical Strategies Credit Hours: 3
EN 101 - Composition for the Humanities Credit Hours: 3
EN 200 - Foundation of Literacy Instruction Credit Hours: 3
MT 118 - Mathematics for Elementary Education Teachers I Credit Hours: 4
MT 119 - Mathematics for Elementary Education Teachers II Credit Hours: 4
PS 100 - General Psychology Credit Hours: 3
PS 201 - Developmental Psychology Credit Hours: 3 or
PS 207 - Child Psychology Credit Hours: 3
SS 212 - Introduction to the Teaching Profession Credit Hours: 3
SS 213 - School and Society Credit Hours: 3
SS 214 - Exceptional Education Credit Hours: 3
English Credit Hours: 3
Social Science Credit Hours: 6 
Science Credit Hours: 6-9 
Restrictive Electives Credit Hours: 15


  • ALL students are required to speak with the Program Director, or advisor within the program regarding course selections.
  • ALL students are required choose a concentration area in this program. with assistance of the Program Director or program advisor.
  • Curriculum varies slightly based on the educational goals of each student.
  • Program specific advisement us HIGHLY recommended
  • Students completing the program can fulfill SUNY Transfer Path Requirement for the discipline most closely related to their interests. See your advisor.

Available At:

City Campus

Pre-Admission Recommendations:

HS or HSE Diploma, Interview, All Remedial Work Completed

Career Opportunities/Further Education:

Transfer to Designated WNY Four-year College to Complete Bachelor of Education Degree

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Curriculum Code:



Liberal Arts
Liberal Arts - Childhood Education 1-6

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Liberal Arts and Science – Childhood Education 1-6

Robin Curran-Capasso
City Campus
Room 439
121 Ellicott Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
P: (716) 270-5211