Candidates who wish to teach children at the elementary school level (grades 1-6) 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 NYS Initial teaching certificate in Childhood Education (grades 1–6). Candidates may also opt to pursue a combined bachelor’s and Master of Science in Education (B.S./MSEd) through our five-year combined-degree program. The Childhood Education program is considered a full-time program.
Both the 4-year and 5-year programs in Childhood Education can be completed on the Pleasantville or the New York City campus.
In addition to the major in Childhood Education, candidates choose and complete a 30-credit concentration from one of the following areas:
Spanish (NYC campus only)
The Childhood Education program is considered a full-time program, and candidates progress through the program as a cohort, with required education courses offered in specific semesters. This means that the School of Education has a very high on-time graduation rate. It also means that candidates may not reduce their education program to fewer than four years of study. Transfer students seeking to major in Childhood Education should meet with a School of Education advisor upon admission to the University.