Childhood Education (BA)

Teaching children from the very start.

Students who wish to teach children at the elementary school level will major in Childhood Education. Recognized by the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI), the Childhood Education program leads to a Bachelor’s Degree and the Initial Teaching Certificate in New York State for Childhood Education (Grades 1-6). Candidates may also opt to pursue a combined Bachelor’s degree and Masters of Science in Education (MSEd) in our five-year, combined-degree program. The Childhood Education program is considered a full-time program.

While currently offered on the Westchester campus, beginning Fall 2014, the Childhood Education BA will additionally be offered on the New York City campus.

In addition to the major in Childhood Education, students choose and complete a 30-credit concentration from one of the following areas (click to read the curriculum worksheet for each concentration):
  • Art
  • Biology
  • Earth Science
  • English
  • History
  • Mathematics

Students progress through the Childhood Education program as a cohort with required education courses offered only during specific semesters. What does this mean for you? That the school of education has a high on-time graduate rate and that students may not reduce their education program to fewer than four years of study by “doubling up” on education courses. Transfer students seeking to major in Childhood Education should meet with the Director of Student Support Services prior to admission to the University.