This program is the first step for students seeking teacher certification in Childhood Education (grades 1-6), Early Childhood/Childhood Education (Birth-6th grade) or Childhood Special Education. In order to earn teacher certification, students must transfer to and complete an appropriate bachelor’s and master’s degree at a transfer institution. As part of the first two years of that process, students in the Childhood Education (grades 1-6) program complete all ten of the general education areas required by SUNY for a bachelor’s degree and up to nine hours of professional courses which include at a minimum 30 hours of classroom observation. They must also complete 15-18 credit hours in a concentration (English, History/Social Studies, or Science). Specific courses depend on the area of concentration and the transfer institution. Students in the Early Childhood/Childhood Education (Birth-6th grade) degree program complete 28 credits in pre-professional and professional courses in addition to the General Education requirements.