Elementary Educators

12 credits for 20 students. Coordinator: Lisa 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 in English.  Education advisors will assist you in choosing other required courses at orientation.

94994 BIOL 125 Biological Concepts-LEC 2 Cr. MW 11-11:50am Conley, W. 
94557 BIO 125 Biological Concepts-LAB 1 Cr.
W 2-3:50pm Conley, W.
Two hours of lecture and one two-hour laboratory weekly. For students who are not science majors and plan to enter the teaching profession. The course provides students an in-depth understanding of the major themes and concepts of biology including cell structure and function, genetics, evolution, biodiversity, and ecology. The laboratory section activities are modified to include aspects of Native American culture as it intersects with the biological learning experience. Satisfies General Education SB and LB requirements.

93112 COMP 101 Writing and Critical Thinking4 Cr. TuTh 12:30-1:45pm plus one hour TBA.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. Satisfies General Education FW requirement.

94995 MATH 101 Math for Elementary Education I 3 Cr. MWF 1-1:50pm Foisy, J.
Topics in foundations of mathematics include: problem solving strategies, abstract and symbolic representation, numeration and number systems, functions and use of variables. Satisfies on 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.

93693 FY 100 First Year Success Seminar 2 Cr. Tu 2-3:15pm 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.