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Childhood Education Certificate (Grades 1-6)

Girl writing on desk in classroom.Teacher education programs in the School of Arts & Sciences emphasize the development of pure knowledge in subjects taught, pedagogical understanding, and professional competence. Program development is guided by standards established by national and state professional organizations, including the Interstate Teacher and Support Consortium (INTASC) and the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). The program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Coursework prepares students to teach using best practices that integrate the New York State and Common Core Learning Standards. Teacher candidates develop a sound understanding of the educational needs of students across the range of developmental levels. Course work and practical experiences in a variety of communities enable students to work effectively with diverse student populations, and school community members.  Several of the education courses include extensive field work and experience and contact with local practitioners in classroom settings.

The Education Department, in collaboration with other departments in the School of Arts & Sciences and area schools, provides rigorous coursework leading to the initial New York State teacher certification. The School of Arts & Sciences requires an academic major along with the teacher certification program. The following are acceptable majors for candidates in the childhood education certification area: Biology, Chemistry, Communication Arts, English, French, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Spanish.

Education Requirements - 38-41 Credits

  • EDU 118 - Orientation to Teaching 3 cr. * (2nd year)
  • EDU 120 - Education of Students with Diverse Needs 3 cr. * (2nd year)
  • EDU 211 - Educational Psychology 3 cr. * - for non-psychology majors (2nd or 3rd year) OR PSY 140 - Child Psychology 3 cr. AND PSY 224 - Psychological Theories of Learning and Motivation 3 cr. for psychology majors
  • EDU 239Z - Theory and Practice of Instruction 3 cr. * (2nd year)
  • EDU 351 - Integrated Uses of Multimedia Technology 3 cr. (3rd or 4th year)
  • EDU 361Z - Reading I: Emergent Literacy 3 cr. * (3rd year)
  • EDU 364Z - Reading II: Integrated Language Arts, Gr. 4-8 3 cr. (3rd year)
  • EDU 363 - Children's Literature 3 cr. (3rd or 4th year)
  • EDU 366Z - Content, Methods, and Materials of Teaching Mathematics 3 cr. * (3rd or 4th year)
  • EDU 367Z - Content, Methods, and Materials of Teaching Science 2 or 3 cr. (2 cr. required) * (3rd or 4th year)
  • EDU 370Z - Field Work in Education 1 - 3 cr. (if needed)
  • EDU 496Z - Observation and Student Teaching: Elementary School 5 or 10 cr. (10 cr. required) (4th year)

Liberal Arts Requirements - 12 Credits

  • BIO 110 - Concepts in Biology 3 cr. OR BIO 102 - Human Ecology 3 cr.
  • HIS 101 - Introduction to America 3 cr. OR HIS 102 - American History II 3 cr.
  • PHL 267 - Philosophy of Education 3 cr.
  • SOW 226 - Working with Families: A Cross-Cultural Perspective 3 cr. OR EDU 382 - Multicultural Education 3 cr. OR EDU 326 - Bridging Cultures 3 cr.
  • PHE 169 - Health, Physical Education and Safety for the School-Age Child

* Course requires students to complete 10 to 30 hours of fieldwork observing, assisting and/or teaching children in a school setting. The Childhood Education program requires a minimum of 100 hours of such fieldwork.

For course descriptions, visit the catalog.