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JCC, Potsdam partner for childhood education program

JCC, Potsdam partner for childhood education program
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WATERTOWN — Jefferson Community College is expanding its partnership with SUNY Potsdam to allow completion of associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in childhood education on JCC’s campus.

The joint early childhood (from birth to grade two) and childhood (grades one to six) education program enrolls students at JCC and SUNY Potsdam. Associate’s degree requirements can be fulfilled at JCC, and students can automatically continue their bachelor’s and master’s education through SUNY Potsdam while remaining on the JCC campus.

“Jefferson students will greatly benefit from this new partnership,” said JCC President Ty A. Stone in a statement. “This is another prime example of Jefferson’s commitment to meeting the needs of our entire community. JCC students can complete their degrees close to home and North Country schools will have talented local teachers prepared to educate our youth.”

Students in the new childhood/early childhood education joint degree program are required to choose a specialization area, with English and history being the most popular areas of concentration. Successful graduates will be recommended for New York State certification in early childhood education and childhood education.

Undergraduates in the program would complete one upper-level student teaching seminar on the Potsdam campus prior to the start of their student teaching semester. Student teaching placements are available at districts throughout the north country, including at schools in Jefferson and Lewis counties. SUNY Potsdam will have an on-site adviser for the program, in addition to the college’s existing Watertown-based faculty and staff.

“SUNY Potsdam is proud to partner with Jefferson Community College on another initiative to benefit our region. Our expanded joint degree program will draw on Potsdam’s historic strength in teacher education and Jefferson’s commitment to providing in-demand programs to serve its community,” said SUNY Potsdam President Kristin G. Esterberg.

This is the institutions’ second jointly registered program. Jefferson and Potsdam also offer a joint Associate of Science/Bachelor of Science program in business administration on the JCC campus.

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