Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 2) Leading to Initial/Professional Certification

Admissions Requirements
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Admission to Candidacy
Students in the Early Childhood Program will be reviewed for candidacy after the completion of twelve credits. Students will need to have passed the LAST exam and have completed all undergraduate liberal arts deficiencies where applicable before being admitted to candidacy. Please see general candidacy guidelines at the beginning of the catalog. Students not admitted to Candidacy will not be permitted to enroll in practicum or student teaching.

Required Courses - 36-39 Credits
EDU 512 Foundations of Education 3 cr.
EDU 550 Child Development 3 cr.
EDU 551 Cognition and Instruction 3 cr.
ECE 511 Curriculum Development in Early Childhood Education 3 cr.
ECE 512 Observation and Assessment of Child Behavior and Learning 3 cr.
ECE 517 Family Partnerships in School 3 cr.
EDU 750 Action Research in Schools 3 cr.
ECE 709 Practicum in Early Childhood Education Certification Workshop Series 3 cr.
LIT 501 Introduction to Literacy Instruction 3 cr.
LIT 503 Using Literature in the Classroom 3 cr.
EDU 513 Math, Science, and Technology in the Classroom 3 cr.
SED 519 Multicultural Creative Arts, Content and Curriculum for Young Diverse Learners 3 cr.

Student Teaching (if required)
ECE 321 Student Teaching 3 cr.

For descriptions of courses, please download the Graduate School Catalog.

Degree Requirements
Performance expectations for candidates are based on the New York State Teacher Education Standards and on the New York State Learning Standards. In addition, course objectives reflect the standards established by the professional organization for each educational discipline. Acquisition of knowledge, skills, and dispositions are assessed through exams, demonstrations, papers, products, self and peer reflections, and through observations of field-based experiences.

Performance benchmarks assure that candidates maintain high academic and professional standards. After the completion of 12 credits, a favorable review of student performance and suitability for the field results in admission to candidacy. The final benchmarks include satisfactory completion of all coursework, a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (B), field experiences, student teaching (if required), and practicum.