Bachelor’s Degree

Childhood Education

Call for Comments for CAEP reaccreditation:
Five Towns College posts this “Call for Comments” by all interested parties related to its reaccreditation by CAEP. In particular, the Childhood/Music Education Teaching Divisions/Units at Five Towns College is hosting an accreditation visit by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) on November 12-14, 2017. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments to the site team. Please note that comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the party’s relationship to the provider (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates).
We invite you to submit written testimony to:
CAEP 1140 19th Street NW, Suite 400 Washington, DC 20036 Or by email to: callforcomments@caepnet.org
Such comments must be within the specified period and based on the core tenets of CAEP accreditation standards of excellence, which recognize that:
 In CAEP’s performance-based system, accreditation is based on evidence that demonstrates that teacher candidates know the subject matter and can teach it effectively so that students learn. In the CAEP system, EPPs must prove that candidates can connect theory to practice and be effective in an actual P-12 classroom.
 A professional education provider that is accredited by CAEP is expected to be involved in ongoing planning and evaluation; engaged in continuous assessment and development; ensure that faculty and programs reflect new knowledge, practice, and technologies; and be involved in continuous development in response to the evolving world of education and educational reform.
 Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the respondent’s relationship, if any, to the institution (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates). Copies of all correspondence received will be sent to the university for comment prior to the review. No anonymous testimony will be considered.

The Childhood Education Program leads to a Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.) and is designed for students interested in a career as a teacher in public or private elementary schools, grades 1-6. This program fulfills the New York State Education Department’s requirements for initial certification in Childhood Education.

The courses in the Pedagogical Core of the program incorporate the common core state standards and the student learning standards included in the regulations of the New York State Commissioner of Education. The program is field-experience based and provides students with a full range of opportunities for observations and practical applications in the classroom. Candidates will be required to complete one semester of student teaching and to fulfill certain workshops needed for certification prior to graduation.

The Content Core incorporates literature courses to equip the student with a broad, humanistic appreciation of the world and its diverse people and cultures. Courses in liberal arts are included to provide excellent preparation for a teaching career. The Elective Core provides students with the opportunity to select course work in art, music, theatre or a sequence of elective courses that will be used to enhance other areas of the elementary school curriculum.