Liberal Arts Humanities & Social Sciences: Early Childhood/Childhood Education Concentration

SUNY Adirondack offers a two-year Associate in Arts (AA) degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences: Humanities and Social Science, which allows students to choose classes in an Early Childhood/Childhood Education concentration to assist in transferring to a four-year SUNY school as an education major. 

A particularly flexible degree path, this concentration can be tailored to focus on a variety of education focus areas including English, mathematics, spanish, history, political science, biology, chemistry, earth science and physics. Students, with guidance from an advisor, will take coursework in their area of interest and in alignment with the intended transfer school. The Early Childhood/Childhood concentration is the perfect start for those pursing a teaching degree for the K-8 grades.   


  • SUNY Adirondack offers a wide range of teacher-education disciplines. 
  • Whether you want to teach English, mathematics, social studies or the sciences, our college has the necessary coursework to start you on your path.  
  • In addition to coursework, the college provides opportunities for student tutoring in the Math Lab, Reading and Writing Center, science labs and beyond. 
  • Gaining experience working one on one with community college students helps the budding teacher to understand different learning styles, to embrace a diverse audience and expand their individual topic knowledge.  

SUNY Adirondack’s Early Childhood/Childhood Education concentration provides the necessary background and preparation for successful transfer into a baccalaureate teacher education program. The college has many faculty that have taught in the K-12 school systems and can serve as mentors and guides to this career choice. 

Early Childhood/Childhood Education majors will take courses in: 

  • childhood mathematics
  • foundations of education
  • foreign languages
  • child psychology 
  • discipline-specific courses based on area of interest


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The Humanities and Social Science – Early Childhood/Childhood Education concentration is designed to prepare students for transfer to a four-year college or university, including but not limited to the many institutions that SUNY Adirondack cooperates with to maintain seamless transfer agreements such as: 

  • SUNY Plattsburgh
  • SUNY Oswego
  • SUNY Albany

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Develop sufficient background in a Humanities or Social Science discipline to qualify for upper level study.
  2. Demonstrate the skills and knowledge needed to think critically.
  3. Employ effective communication skills, both written and verbal.
  4. Articulate the presence and influence of diversity within societies such as the United States and those in Western Europe, as well as throughout the world.
  5. Demonstrate the skills and knowledge related to personal health and fitness, life-long sports, and recreational wellness.
  6. Examine expression and the creative process in one or more of the areas of humanities.
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method.
  8. Identify basic factors relevant to the analysis of human behavior.