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Liberal Arts and Sciences with Advisement Area in Childcare

The Degree

Associate in Arts (A.A.)

The Outlook

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of childcare workers is expected to grow 14 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Growth is expected due to increases in the number of children that require childcare and continued demand for preschool programs.

The Program

The A.A. degree with an advisement area in childcare offers you the opportunity for practical experience in the field with internship opportunities at:

  • Nursery Schools
  • Day Care Centers
  • Community Service Agencies such as Health, Education, and Welfare Services

In addition, FLCC takes pride in its modern daycare center, located near the entrance of campus, which also provides opportunities for field experience.

The A.A. Liberal Arts Program

The A.A. degree at FLCC is designed for you to successfully transfer into a baccalaureate degree program, with courses equivalent to those offered during the freshman and sophomore years at most four-year colleges and universities.

After earning your A.A. degree from FLCC, you will have the opportunity to pursue baccalaureate degrees in a broad range of areas. These areas include:

  • Elementary and Secondary Education
  • Psychology
  • Political Science
  • Pre-Law
  • English
  • History

The degree is recognized in transfer (articulation) agreements with a large number of public and private four-year institutions in New York State and across the nation.

Honors Courses: If you have demonstrated outstanding academic ability, you will have the opportunity to take honors courses at FLCC that provide enhanced educational experiences. If you are a qualified student in this degree program or are a qualified student from another program, enrollment in honors courses is open to you. Successful completion of honors courses or an Honors Certificate may increase your transfer options to four-year institutions.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this degree program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate competency in oral presentation skills.
  • Demonstrate the ability to design and develop a Lesson Plan.
  • Demonstrate the ability to solve problems and think critically.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of career possibilities and trends within the fields of education.
  • Demonstrate sufficient academic background to enable them to enter into and successfully compete within the framework of a four-year institution.
  • Complete the necessary coursework to successfully transfer to a teacher education program in a public or private four-year institution.

The Scholarships

Scholarships are available to qualified students. For more information, visit the FLCC scholarships page or you can contact the financial aid office.

The Faculty

The program is taught by practitioners in the field, full-time faculty, and adjunct faculty. The faculty members have great expertise and experience in:

  • Childhood Psychology
  • Education
  • Health

The learning environment is practical and experiential as well as knowledge based. The faculty is dedicated to helping you achieve your academic and career goals.

Information for Students Undecided about their Majors

Liberal arts and sciences could be the ideal area of study for you to begin your college career at FLCC. You can explore your interests and abilities while at the same time begin working toward a college degree.

New students that are undecided about their college major will apply for admission into the A.A. or A.S. degree programs. It is more common than you may realize for students to be uncertain about their academic and career goals upon entering college. Even for those students that enter college with a declared major, statistics show that approximately 70 percent will change their major at least twice before graduating.

It is important to keep in mind not to get discouraged. Instead, take these action steps toward your future:

  • Visit the FLCC career services office to learn more about yourself, define your goals, investigate career interests, and decide on what you want in a career. Ask about FOCUS2, a computerized career guidance system, which provides occupational information as well as an assessment of your interests, abilities, experiences, and values.
  • A career services counselor can also help you with the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Strong Interest Inventory, self-assessment and career guidance tools that help with career planning and offer insight into personal and professional development. Make an appointment at the career services office to learn about these and other career guidance resources that are currently available. After you complete an assessment, your scores will be interpreted for you and discussed with you at an individual appointment.
  • When selecting your course schedule (with the help of your advisor), try to choose courses in a variety of disciplines. After a few courses, you will get a clearer picture of your favorite and least favorite subject areas.