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.