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Childhood Education

Graduate students in class.This program is designed to prepare graduate students with or without certification in education for their initial or professional certification in Childhood Education.

In accordance with the New York Teacher Education Standards, the program provides substantive coursework, supervised field experiences and in-depth reflective seminars. Requirements for graduation ensure that candidates demonstrate mastery of pedagogical knowledge, understandings, and skills appropriate for teaching childhood level students (1st through 6th grades).

The program offers challenging educational experiences to assure that students in the program achieve the highest standards of academic excellence. Courses in the program reflect a strong cognitive developmental perspective and focus on developing teachers who have an appreciation and respect for the full range of intellectual, social, emotional, physical, cultural, and spiritual differences among their colleagues and students. Candidates learn to view developmental differences and diversity as opportunities for enhancing the process of teaching and learning. A major priority of the program is nurturing the candidate's ability to synthesize children's developmental needs, strengths, and interests as while constructing effective and enriched educational experiences for students.

Because the program is committed to preparing candidates who are confident in using educational technology to help all children learn, developmentally appropriate practices for the use of technology are integrated into all courses and field experiences. Candidates learn to construct a media-rich environment for the purpose of instruction and assessment. Course assignments encourage the creative use of technology so that teachers can further support children's enthusiasm for learning.

Faculty serve as role models for candidates who are developing their own professional identities as teachers with professional codes of ethics. Through mentoring, advisement, and instruction, faculty share the dispositions of valuing children, seeking fairness and justice for all students, and creating a learning environment that encourages joy, intellectual exploration and discovery.

Required Courses - 39 Credits

  • EDU 512 - Foundations of Education 3 cr.
  • EDU 513 - Math, Science, and Technology in the Classroom 3 cr.
  • EDU 514 - Community as Curriculum: A Multicultural Perspective 3 cr.
  • EDU 515 - Differentiated Instruction in the Learning Environment 3 cr
  • EDU 519 - Creative Arts for Teaching and Learning 3 cr.
  • EDU 550 - Child Development 3 cr.
  • EDU 551 - Cognition and Instruction 3 cr.
  • EDU 750 - Action Research in Schools 3 cr.
  • GED 549 - Introduction to Talent Development 3 cr.
  • GED 701 - Curriculum Development for Enriched Teaching and Learning 3 cr.
  • LIT 502 - Teaching Reading Comprehension 3 cr. or LIT 503 - Using Literature in the Classroom 3 cr.
  • LIT 511 - Teaching Writing in the Elementary Grades 3 cr.
  • Certification Workshop Series NC

Student Teaching

  • EDU 321 - Student Teaching 3 cr. or
  • EDU 912 - Practicum in Academic Enrichment 3 cr.

Teacher Certification Workshop Series - No Credit

The Certification Workshop Series is required for initial certification. No credit is given for this required workshop series. The sessions are divided into the following topics:

  • WCS 983 - Identification & Reporting Child Abuse & Neglect (2 hours)
  • WCS 984 - School Violence Prevention and Intervention (2 hours)
  • WCS 985 - Child Abduction Prevention
  • WCS 986 - Substance Abuse Prevention and Awareness
  • WCS 987 - Health and Safety Issues with Fire Safety and Arson Prevention
  • WCS 990 - DASA: Bullying Prevention Training