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Charter Oak State College Official Catalog

Undergraduate Associate Degree Programs

 

Charter Oak State College offers a range of majors under the Associate in Science, and Associate in Arts degrees.

The distinction between a degree in "Arts" and a degree in "Science" is the number of Liberal Arts and Sciences credits required. Liberal Arts and Sciences include subjects within the areas of humanities, social sciences, mathematics, and natural sciences. Subjects not included in the category of Liberal Arts and Sciences are those of a technical, professional, or occupationally-oriented nature. In other words, subjects involving the application of knowledge to particular activities such as business, technology, health care, social services and teaching are not considered Liberal Arts. A candidate who meets the requirements for a degree in "Arts" has the option of receiving the degree in "Science" instead.

Early Childhood Education Major:

An Associate in Science major in Early Childhood Education requires 60 credits. Thirty (30) credits must be liberal arts and the general education requirements must be met. The major is printed on the official transcript, but not the diploma.Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education:

  1. General Education requirements must be met. Students enrolled in this degree are exempt from the Global requirement and must complete either the US History/Government or Non US History or Culture requirement.
  2. Early Childhood Education major courses added to General Education bring the total to 60 credits.  
  3. Students in the Early Childhood Education Associates Degree program mustcomplete 100 pre-practicum field experience hours and 200 practicum field experience hours in an NAEYC accredited center or other approved classroom.
  4. Students in the Early Childhood Education Associates Degreeprogram also qualify to earn the Office of Early Childhood Teaching Credential at the level A (CT resident's only).

General Studies Major:

A General Studies Associate in Arts or an Associate in Science degree requires a minimum of 60 total credits. For the degrees of Associate in Arts at least 45 of the credits must be in the Liberal Arts and Sciences; for the degrees of Associate in Science at least 30 of the credits must be in the Liberal Arts and Sciences. Associate degree students must also meet the general education requirements. The major is printed on the official transcript, but not the diploma.

Associate in Arts and Associate in Science in General Studies:

  1. General Education requirementsmust be met.
  2. Electives added to General Education to bring total credits to 60.

Paraprofessional Studies Major:

An Associate in Paraprofessional Studies requires 60 credits. Thirty (30) credits must be liberal arts and the general education requirements must be met. The major is printed on the official transcript, but not the diploma.Associate in Paraprofessional Studies:

  1. General Education requirementsmust be met. Students enrolled in this degree are exempt from the Global requirement and must complete either the US History/Government or Non-US History or Culture requirement.
  2. Paraprofessional Studies major courses added to General Education to bring total credits to 60.
  3. Students in the Paraprofessional Studies major must complete a 120 hour practicum in an approved classroom.