Cazenovia College and Herkimer College partner to offer bachelor’s degree at Herkimer

Cazenovia College will launch a new partnership with Herkimer County Community College this fall that will allow Herkimer College students who earn an associate degree in education or more than 60 credits with prerequisites to have transfer status into a Cazenovia College baccalaureate program in inclusive early childhood education, to be offered on the Herkimer campus.

The part-time program will offer at least three courses each semester, each offered in one of several formats including evening and weekend courses, online and hybrid. For students needing to make up a general education prerequisite, online courses may be available. A final summer course will be completed over two weekends on the Cazenovia College campus. Students will have complete access to Cazenovia’s online library and other resources, and will be charged $245 per credit hour for Cazenovia College tuition at Herkimer.

“This partnership allows students currently working in the early childhood education field to advance their careers by completing the bachelor’s degree in inclusive early childhood education. In doing so, these students are eligible for dual New York state certification in early childhood education and special education,” said Christine Richardson, director of the Center for Career and Extended Learning at Cazenovia College. “These graduates will have increased employment opportunities and commensurate teacher education pay. Additionally, students not yet working in the early childhood education field will find ample professional teaching opportunities.”

Dr. Robin Voetterl-Riecker, associate dean for humanities and social sciences who is coordinating the effort for Herkimer, said the partnership with Cazenovia College “represents a new model in education that also addresses the need for highly qualified teachers in our K-12 schools. It brings a high-quality bachelor’s degree to the Herkimer campus and by doing so we provide a new opportunity for our students. With low tuition rates, a part-time pace and evening/alternate format classes, Herkimer students can get the upper division education they need to improve their lives and earning potential, without the hurdles of traditional education. Students don’t have to move, commute or take out large loans to complete their degrees—all benefits that are very important to our students.”

For more information, contact Voetterl-Riecker at 866-0300, ext. 8430 or voetterra@herkimer.edu, or Richardson at 655-7147 or cwrichardson@cazenovia.edu.

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