B.S. in Early Childhood Education (Birth to Grade 2)
This four-year initial teaching certification program prepares candidates to nurture and teach infants, toddlers and preschoolers and children in primary grade settings (kindergarten through second grade). The 120-credit Early Childhood Program offers candidates the opportunity to contribute to a strong foundation during a child's formative years.
Grounded in the social constructivist approach to early care and education, candidates in the Early Childhood Program develop a view of young children as meaning-makers, creative innovators, problem solvers and theory builders who are proactive in constructing their schema of the world. With the goal of creating critical, multicultural and democratic contexts, teacher candidates strengthen their awareness of children's literacies, languages, layers of identity and universal modes of learning so that they can fully support them as learners.
Through civic engagement and field practice at child care centers, camps, pre-schools and public and private schools, teacher candidates are challenged to pursue an in-depth inquiry of questions such as "How do children learn?"; "How do early childhood learning environments support children's investigations?" and "In what ways do teachers generate and shape curriculum to reflect the questions and interests of young children?" As part of the transformative experience of becoming teachers, Early Childhood teacher candidates conceptualize ways to create contexts that foster learners' curiosity, honor diversity, and support multi-modal learning.
Undergraduates seeking teacher certification in Early Childhood Education (Birth to Grade 2) must select a Liberal Arts and Sciences concentration from one of the following areas of study:
After you complete the degree requirements and successfully pass all certification tests (LAST, ATS-W and CSTs), you will be awarded Initial Teaching Certification by the New York State Department of Education in Early Childhood Education (Birth to Grade 2).
The Early Childhood Education degree is a joint program between LIU Post’s College of Education, Information & Technology and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The teacher-education programs in LIU Post's Department of Curriculum and Instruction are nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).