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Elementary Educators

16 credits for 22 students.  Coordinator: L. Stewart

This First Year Interest Group (FIG) gives promising new teachers the foundation needed to succeed in SUNY Potsdam’s Childhood/Early Childhood Education program through an exploration of the various disciplines taught in a classroom.  This FIG contains a First Year Success Seminar to assist students in becoming better acclimated to SUNY Potsdam and the services we provide.  Students pursuing Childhood/Early Childhood Education should NOT choose this FIG if they anticipate receiving AP or college credit (FW) in English.  Education advisors will assist you in choosing other required courses at orientation.

BIOL 125-F09 Biological Concepts-LEC 2 Cr. MW 11:00-11:50am Conley, W.
BIOL 125-F09 Biological Concepts-LAB 1 Cr. W 1:00-2:50pm Conley, W.

This course is designed for students who are not science majors and plan to enter the teaching profession. The course is designed to provide students an in depth understanding of the major themes and concepts of biology including cell structure and function, genetics, evolution, biodiversity, and ecology. NOTE:  $25 Lab Fee assessed by Biology Department.  Childhood/Early Childhood Ed only.  Satisfies General Education SB, LB requirement.

COMP 101-F09 Writing and Critical Thinking 4 Cr. TuTh 8:00-9:15am  Berbrich, N.
Encourages development of writing, critical thinking and the use of information resources. Addresses how language permits communication, shapes thought and changes through time. NOTE:  Plus one hour TBA. Satisfies General Education FW requirement   

HIST 121-F09 U.S. History and Geography 3 Cr. MW 12:00-12:50pm & W 3:00-3:50pm McIntyre, S.
This hybrid course is a comprehensive overview of American history and geography from pre-Columbian times to the present. It is designed to meet the needs of students in the Childhood Education Program. NOTE:  Childhood/Early Childhood Ed majors only. Satisfies General Education AH requirement.

MATH 101-F09 Math for Elementary Education I 3 Cr. MWF 9:00-9:50am Madore, B.
Topics in foundations of mathematics include: problem solving strategies, abstract and symbolic representation, numeration and number systems, functions and use of variables. Satisfies one of the mathematics concentration requirements for the B.A. in Elementary Education. Not required for double majors in mathematics and elementary education. Prerequisite: three years of high school Regents level mathematics or permission. Satisfies General Education FM requirement.

FY 100-F09 @First Year Success Seminar 2 Cr. Tu  4:30-5:45pm Stewart, L.
The First-Year Success Seminar (FYSS) is a two-credit course designed to accelerate students’ transition to SUNY Potsdam. FYSS provides students with the opportunity to become integrated into the life of the campus by exploring their academic and social development.  A strong emphasis is placed on critical inquiry – enhancing reading and writing, time management, and study skills.  In addition, the course provides an orientation to campus resources and services and encourages self-exploration and personal development.