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2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog

Early Childhood & Childhood Education B-6: Biology Concentration, A.A.

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Associate in Arts Degree Program

Hegis Code: 5649
NYSED Code: 27047

Program Description

Students who complete this program earn an Associate in Arts degree in Mathematics and Science: Early Childhood and Childhood Education B‐6, with a concentration in Biology. This program should be followed by students who plan to transfer to a four‐year college to study elementary education. The program is a jointly‐registered program with SUNY New Paltz. A student who completes the program and meets GPA and minimum grade transfer requirements will be admitted into the elementary education program at New Paltz. Students planning to transfer to a college other than SUNY New Paltz will receive individual advisement to facilitate their transfer.

Program Outcomes

At the completion of the AA Liberal Arts & Sciences: Mathematics & Science‐Early Childhood & Childhood Education B‐6 Degree program with concentrations in Biology, Earth Science and Mathematics, a student will be able to

  • Acquire a broad base of knowledge in their concentration: biology, earth science, or mathematics;
  • Decide if teaching early childhood or childhood education is a realistic career for them;
  • Transfer with requirements to enter a teaching program at a four-year college;
  • Integrate critical thinking, problem solving, and creative skills with information and theories about education;
  • Discuss the education system as an institution in a democracy;
  • Discuss and write about their classroom observations in terms of a diverse student population.

NOTE: All Liberal Arts and Sciences: Mathematics and Science concentrations continue with the fifth through eighth semester sequence at SUNY New Paltz. The New Paltz curriculum follows the SUNY Ulster concentrations curricula below.

All students in the Childhood Education Programs must be fingerprinted before they register for their field placement course, which is taken in the second year: EDU 200 Applied Child Development for Education majors. The results will be valid for SUNY Ulster, SUNY New Paltz, and for New York State teacher licensing.

Employment Potential

Graduates of the program who then go on to earn a baccalaureate degree at SUNY New Paltz or another four‐year college and a New York State teaching certificate will be qualified to teach one of the specialty areas at the elementary school level.

Requirements for Program Entry

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Satisfactory placement in Entering Student Assessment

Developmental Assistance Available

For students who do not meet basic reading and math requirements or who have other learning issues, extra assistance is readily available through SUNY Ulster’s Learning Center, The Gary and Janaki Math Center, the Writing Center, the Peer and Friend Tutor Program, and English as a Second Language (ESL) tutors.

For More Information

For more information contact Admissions 1‐800‐724‐0833 ext. 5018 or 5022



Semester Credits 17

Semester Credits 14

Semester Credits 17

Semester Credits 16

Total Credits ‐ SUNY Ulster 64

*World Language Elective: Students who take one 200-intermediate level foreign language satisfy their foreign language requirement. They may then substitute any other Humanities course in place of the second foreign language.

Minimum grades for New Paltz: ‘C’ in PSY 200, MAT 140 & 240, GEG 101, EDU 200 & 203, foreign languages; ‘B’ in ENG 101 & 102; ‘B-’ in EDU 201. GPA req. 3.0

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