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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.
To be eligible for the program, students must meet the following requirements:
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.
Students who need additional skill development in reading, writing, mathematics and communication will be required to take basic skills and/or ESL courses.
Students participating in the Dual/Joint AA/BA Degree Program are eligible for:
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.
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.
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|
|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|
|Comparative Literature||36 credits|
|Bachelor of Arts||56 to 61 credits|
|Bachelor of Science||70 to 77 credits|
|Drama, Theatre and Dance|
|Drama and Theatre||36 credits|
|Earth & Environmental Sciences|
Bachelor of Arts
|48 to 50 credits|
Bachelor of Science
|63 to 67 credits|
Bachelor of Arts
|38 to 40 credits|
Bachelor of Science
|62 to 64 credits|
|37 to 40 credits|
|European Languages and Literature|
|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|
|Jewish Studies||36 credits|
|Labor Studies||27 credits|
|Latin American Area Studies||30 credits|
|Linguistics & Communication Disorders|
|Linguistics: TESOL||42 credits|
|Applied Math||50 to 66 credits|
|Pure Math||46 to 46 credits|
|Media Studies||36 credits|
|Political Science||49 to 52 credits|
|Religious Studies||36 credits|
|Urban Studies||39 credits|
(Courses from the Liberal arts and sciences requirements may be applied to some majors)