The LE1 Program

Associate of Arts Degree Component of the Dual/Joint Degree Program with Queens College in Liberal Arts and Sciences and Education

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The LE1 Program

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The Dual/Joint A.A./B.A. Degree Program, is an innovative program that is designed to assure timely completion of degree requirements and a smooth transition between QCC and QC. Students will earn the AA in Liberal Arts from QCC and then proceed without interruption to QC where they will complete the degree requirements for the BA with Elementary Education Certification and an academic major. The program is open to all students who have been admitted to QCC under the open admissions policy of the City University of New York. Students must follow a specific course of study and complete their two-year degree at QCC with the required cumulative grade point average (GPA) to be guaranteed acceptance to QC. Students who do not meet the program eligibility requirements or who are unsure of their major or choice of four-year college can continue at QCC and transfer through the traditional transfer.

In recent years, the increasing demand for teachers has become critical. New York City will need over 54,000 teachers over the next five years to replace retiring teachers and to staff additional classes for the increasing city population. Additionally, the number of minority students in primary and secondary schools is rising, and more than a third of today’s non-white teachers are expected to retire in the next five years. The Dual/Joint program is a response to the predicted teacher shortage nationwide, especially the shortage among minority teachers in the City of New York.

This program is designed to respond to the shortcomings within the teaching profession.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Students who were denied acceptance into Queens College.
  • Students must be registered in the Liberal Arts and Sciences and Education A.A. transfer degree program (LE1).
  • Passing score on the CUNY ACT in reading and writing.
  • Complete EN-101 and ED-102 with a minimum grade of "B". If a grade of "B" is not achieved in both EN-101 and EN-102, then EN-213 must be completed with a grade of "B". Note: EN-213 does not count towards the degree.
  • Complete ED-110 with a minimum grade of "B".
  • Students must maintain an overall grade point average of 2.75 throughout the program.
  • Grade of "B" in at least one course in each of the NYS core areas: Math, Science, Social Studies and English Language Arts.
  • Math 120 or exemption
  • Students are urged to meet with the Education Academic Advisor as early as possible in their academic careers. Official acceptance into the Division of Education at QC will be based upon the completion of the specified requirements.

The Program at Queensborough Community College

The Dual/Joint Degree program in Liberal Arts, Science and Education, coordinated by the Social Sciences Department is specifically for students who are interested in pursuing teaching as a career, and who plan to transfer to the Queens College School of Education. Successful completion of Queensborough’s Associate of Arts degree requirements (60 credits) in Liberal Arts, can lead to admission to Queens College where students will complete the degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, Grades 1-6 provisional certification in teaching and a Liberal Arts co-major of their choice. The program has very specific academic requirements, which leads to the New York State provisional certification in teaching. It also ensures that the students’ course selection at Queensborough will simultaneously satisfy degree requirements at Queens College.

While a G.P.A. of 2.75 is the minimum requirement for consideration, it does not guarantee admission to the School of Education at Queens College. Students in this program are required to complete a Liberal Arts and Sciences major along with the Education major at Queens College. Queens College offers a wide range of liberal arts majors. The credit requirement for each major range from 27 credits to 89 credits.

  • Please note: All Queens College students are required to have three years of High School foreign language or three semesters of the same foreign language in College. You must complete the language requirement before being accepted into the Elementary Education program. If you do not have three years of a foreign language and your native language is English, then you must take a minimum of two semesters of a foreign language at Queensborough Community College and one semester at Queens College. It is preferred that you complete these credits here at QCC. These credits will not be included in the credits required for graduation. If you have successfully completed three years of language in High School or your native language is a foreign language, then you must contact he Modern Language Department for certification.

Students who need additional skill development in reading, writing, mathematics and communication will be required to take basic skills and/or ESL courses.

What are the benefits for students?

Students participating in the Dual/Joint AA/BA Degree Program are eligible for:

  • On-site admissions counseling at QCC.
  • Orientation and Informational seminars.
  • Joint academic advisement/counseling from QCC to QC early on in your academic career.
  • Students are required to receive academic support services if needed.
  • Field experiences.
  • A smooth transition from QCC to QC.

Advisement and Counseling

Students interested in Teaching Secondary Education

For Students Interested in Teaching Secondary Education

At this time there is not a dual/joint program for secondary education, however, students who are interested in teaching secondary education can major in Liberal Arts (LA 1). This program would allow students to complete most of the Liberal Arts and Sciences Area Requirements for Queens College. Once accepted at Queens College, students would major in the subject area they would like to teach, for example: Mathematics, Physical Education, or Science and minor in Secondary Education. For more information meet with the Education Advisor.

What happens once I am at Queens College?

All students who graduate from QCC in the Dual/Joint Program would have completed the Liberal Arts and Sciences Requirements for Queens College.

Students seeking teacher certification are required to take and pass the New York State Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST). You may take this exam at any time, however it is advised that you take the exam right after you have completed all of your liberal arts and sciences requirements. The continuing education department at Queens College offers test preparation courses.

Declaring a Major and Co-major

If you are interested in teaching at the elementary school level, the state requires that you must have two majors: one in elementary education and another in an academic subject area (Accounting and Physical Education are not acceptable). The following is a list of majors the Elementary Education Department has identified as appropriate co-majors.


The Department identified the Queens College majors that best prepare elementary and early childhood teachers to teach one or more of the New York State Learning Standards. The following is a list of those majors and the number of credits that each major requires.

Major and number of credits needed to complete major

Africana Studies 36 credits
American Studies 36 credits
Anthropology  33 credits
Studio Art  42 credits
Art History 36 credits
Asian Studies 30 to 41 credits 
Biology 30 credits in Biology and 30 credits in cognates = 60 credits
Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies: 36 credits plus 12 credits in Modern Greek =  48 credits
Chemistry and Biochemistry minimum of 46 credits and 47 credits, respectively  
Classical, Middle Eastern & Asian Languages & Cultures  
Ancient Greek 27 credits
Latin 32 credits
Hebrew 30 credits
Yiddish 36 credits
Comparative Literature 36 credits
Computer Science  
Bachelor of Arts 56 to 61 credits
Bachelor of Science 70 to 77 credits
Drama, Theatre and Dance  
Drama and Theatre   36 credits
Theatre-Dance   36 credits
Earth & Environmental Sciences    



Bachelor of Arts

  48 to 50 credits

Bachelor of Science

  63 to 67 credits

Environmental Science


Bachelor of Arts

  38 to 40 credits

Bachelor of Science

  62 to 64 credits

Environmental Studies

  37 to 40 credits
Economics   33 credits
English   42 credits
European Languages and Literature    
French   36 credits
German   33 credits
Italian   36 credits 
Russian   36 credits
Family, Nutrition & Exercise Sciences    
Family and Consumer Sciences   39 to 46 credits
Nutrition and Exercise Sciences   59 credits
Film Studies   36 credits
Hispanic Languages & Literature     


  36 credits 
History   36 credits 
Jewish Studies   36 credits 
Labor Studies   27 credits
Latin American Area Studies   30 credits
Linguistics & Communication Disorders  
Communication Sciences
and Disorders
  42 credits 
Linguistics: TESOL   42 credits
Linguistics   42 credits
Applied Math   50 to 66 credits
Pure Math   46 to 46 credits
Media Studies   36 credits
Music   50 credits
Philosophy   36 credits
Political Science   49 to 52 credits
Psychology   30 credits
Religious Studies   36 credits
Sociology   30 credits
Urban Studies   39 credits

Subtotal (credits):


(Courses from the Liberal arts and sciences requirements may be applied to some majors)