2021-2022 Student Catalog 
    Jul 12, 2024  
2021-2022 Student Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Liberal Arts and Sciences: Humanities and Social Sciences (Jointly Registered With SUNY College At Buffalo - Childhood Education 1-6 BS), A.A.

Contact Information

Program Requirements

Typical Program

Degree/Certificate:     Associate in Arts
HEGIS Code:             5649
SUNY Code:              2518

Major Code:              EDCJ

The Career

The Childhood Education Jointly Registered program is designed to give students the knowledge, skills, and experiences that will prepare them for transfer to Buffalo State College’s baccalaureate program. It provides the foundation to teach grades one through six. Opportunities for employment continue to remain high. Large numbers of current public school teachers will retire or leave the profession in the years ahead. Many fast-growing areas of the nation are struggling to build new schools quickly enough to meet demands. There is a need to hire teachers during the next 10 years to keep up with projected teacher vacancies and the demands of new educational programs and practices.

The NCCC Approach

When students graduate from NCCC’s Childhood Education program, they will have the knowledge, skills, and general background necessary for transfer to Buffalo State College to complete a bachelor of science degree to be eligible for certification to teach grades one through six in New York State. There will also be options for students to pursue certification in early childhood or special education while at Buffalo State. While at NCCC, students will experience small class sizes, which encourage open, in-depth discussions; build close relationships with other students; and allow faculty to devote more attention to individual students. Students will participate in approximately 60 hours of field placement experiences in elementary classrooms during their education courses. The program also emphasizes related course work in the liberal arts and sciences as required by Buffalo State College. Students in this program will receive individual advisement by faculty who have a special interest and expertise in childhood education.


Students admitted in fall, spring and summer.

Due to the sequencing of courses, it may take more than four semesters of full-time study if a student begins this program in a spring or summer semester.

Program Goals and Objectives

  • To prepare NCCC students for seamless transfer into the Bachelor of Science degree program in Childhood Education at SUNY College at Buffalo
  • To provide the opportunity for first-generation college students, many of whom are from rural areas, to consider teaching as a career
  • To encourage teachers to consider careers in rural areas of New York State
  • To offer individual advisement that will assist each student with developing specific educational and career goals that will facilitate seamless transfer to the Bachelor of Science degree program in Childhood Education at SUNY College at Buffalo
  • To develop students’ knowledge about the sociological, philosophical, physiological, historical and psychological aspects of American childhood education
  • To provide students with knowledge to assist them with the development of their own philosophy of childhood education
  • To make students aware of the certifications necessary for each career track and the employment potential in a wide variety of childhood education-related areas and begin preparation in the development of skill and accumulation of knowledge that leads to these certifications
  • To assist students with the acquisition of knowledge and skills necessary to investigate career possibilities and make intelligent decisions with regard to future directions
  • To develop students’ understanding of those characteristics that define responsible and successful childhood educators
  • To provide students an opportunity to participate in field experiences including observations, shadowing, and instructional assistant experiences

Program Learning Outcomes

The student will:

  • Identify and implement the New York State common core learning standards in unit plans and lesson plans
  • Develop a philosophy about childhood education and the role childhood education plays in American society
  • Demonstrate reflective learning abilities to ensure continuous improvement personally and professionally
  • Successfully complete field experiences counting toward the 100 clock hours required in Childhood Education 1-6
  • Demonstrate current literacy learning theories and practices supportive of diverse populations

Program Requirements (EDCJ)

  1. A total of at least 62-credit hours with a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.5. Academic Foundations courses do not count toward the degree.
  2. Professional Preparation: A minimum of 10-credit hours to include: (Note 6)
  3. Humanities: A minimum of 6-credit hours to include:
      (Note 1)
  4. Health/Physical Education: A minimum of 3-credit hours to include:
  5. Distribution Requirements: A minimum of 16-credit hours overall with a minimum of 3 credit hours in each of the five areas:
    ___  ___   Arts & Media elective (Note 2)
    ___  ___   U.S. History elective
    ___  ___   Literature elective
    ___  ___   Mathematics elective (Notes 1 & 3)
    ___  ___   Science with Lab elective (Note 4)
  6. Humanities/Social Sciences: A minimum of 18-credit hours:
    ___  ___   Foreign Language elective (Note 5)
    ___  ___   Foreign Language elective (Note 5)
    ___  ___  Other World Civilization or Western Civilization elective*
  7. Liberal Arts: A minimum of 9-credit hours:
    ___  ___   Mathematics elective (Notes 1 & 3)
    ___  ___   Science elective (Note 4)

Typical Program

First Semester

Total Credit Hours: 17

Total Credit Hours: 15

Third Semester

Total Credit Hours: 15

Fourth Semester

Total Credit Hours: 15


  1. Dependent upon the fulfillment of Academic Foundations requirements.
  2. Students should take a course that meets both SUNY General Education  requirements* (AR-Arts) & (WC-Western Civilization).
  3. Math courses must be selected from: MAT 108-Mathematics for Childhood Education 1 (preferred), MAT 109-Mathematics for Childhood Education II (preferred), MAT 164-Statistics, MAT 116-Pre-Calculus, MAT 230-Discrete Mathematics or any Calculus course.
  4. Buffalo State prefers that science courses be from two different disciplines.
  5. Students with two years of the same foreign language  are exempt from taking a foreign language. Students who have completed less than two years of one foreign language in high school will need to complete a foreign language through the “102” level. Students who are exempt from one or both foreign language electives, should take EDU 120 (EXE100: Nature and Needs of Individuals Who Are Exceptional at BSC), a second LIT course (see Distribution list), or a course in their academic concentration.
  6. EDU 201, 206 and 211 require a grade-point average of at least 2.5 and have field placement requirements.

*See the SUNY General Education Requirements  section in this catalog or refer to our website at http://www.niagaracc.suny.edu (Academics, General Education) for more detail information.

You are responsible for knowing college regulations and for complying with all applicable procedures. Requirements will not be waived or exceptions granted because you claim you were not informed of the requirement. While the personnel of the college and your advisor will endeavor to aid in any way possible, the responsibility of meeting requirements rests with you.

Scholarship Opportunities

There are several scholarships available to NCCC students. Scholarship deadline dates vary each semester.  For more information, please visit the scholarship webpage at www.niagaracc.suny.edu/scholarships. The NCCC Scholarship Office is located within the Financial Aid Complex, A-114 or by phone (716) 614-6205.