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Start your career as an educator

The best elementary school teachers are those who take children through a world of discovery, and instill a lifelong love of learning. Our Childhood Education program gives graduates an excellent start on becoming a teacher for grades one through six.

What You'll Learn

You'll  learn about the foundations of education, child psychology, and health and safety awareness. This liberal arts program includes SUNY General Education requirements and coursework in a pre-determined major. 

Where You'll Go

Graduates can go on to a four-year program to work towards a bachelor's degree and initial NYS certification in Childhood Education, Grades 1-6, or begin working as a teaching assistant in a private or public school. 

Typical Salary

5 years after graduating with a Bachelor's degree


Popular careers, growth potential, and regional demand for the past 12 months.
Career 10-year growth potential Regional Demand
Speech Language Pathologist 31% High
Educational/Guidance and Vocational Counselor 21% Average
Teaching (Grades Kindergarten - 6th Grade) 8% Average

Real Data from Central New York

  • Data reflect previous twelve-month period in the Syracuse Metropolitan Area and surrounding five-county Central New York region.
  • Salary gathered from SUNY Graduate Wages (data source: NYS Unemployment Insurance) unless otherwise indicated. 
  • Demand is determined by the number of job postings in the region over the past twelve months. 
  • Occupational growth potential gathered from Burning Glass.   

Top Transfer Partners

  • SUNY Cortland
  • SUNY Oswego
  • Le Moyne College

Transfer Paths

4-year School Bachelor's Degree
SUNY Oswego Childhood Education, B.S.
Lincoln University
Johnson C. Smith University