Undergraduates majoring in Childhood Education (Grades 1 to 6) must select a 30 to 32 credit academic specialty from the Liberal Arts and Sciences curriculum. Such study complements the Childhood Education courses and provides you with specialized knowledge in one particular discipline. This adds depth and breath to your level of teaching expertise. As a teacher, you can transmit your enthusiasm for the focused subject to young learners, helping them to grow intellectually and socially. You may select Mathematics from among the Liberal Arts and Sciences curriculum.
Mathematics is an indispensable cornerstone of any education, yet qualified math teachers are in short supply in schools throughout the country. In this program you will take courses that strengthen your understanding of basic mathematics while preparing you to introduce the subject at appropriate content levels to students in the early grades. The curriculum comprises courses in “Calculus and Analytic Geometry” and “Mathematics for Elementary Education.” Building on this foundation you will select from a menu of relevant electives that includes such topics as “Introduction to Sets, Logic, and Mathematical Structures,” “Foundations of Statistical Analysis,” “Problem Solving,” “Algebraic Structures,” and “Geometry: An Informal Approach.” Students take 30 credits in Mathematics to satisfy the requirements for the B.S. in Childhood Education degree program.
In addition to a thorough curriculum in Mathematics, you will take specialized education courses and participate in student-teaching. To prepare you for the classroom environment, your coursework will emphasize effective teaching techniques, innovative lesson planning, motivation strategies and student assessment. Your education classes will examine ways that you can use your knowledge to maximize learning outcomes for young students. You will learn how to understand the intellectual, physical and emotional development of teenagers; to encourage peer cooperation and collaboration; to foster student self-esteem and moral development; and to empower parents. You will explore issues of race, ethnicity and gender as they apply to the classroom. The program includes supervised practice teaching in actual classrooms, allowing you to observe certified teachers and interact with children. LIU Post teacher education students enjoy close personal contact with faculty who are dedicated to mentoring the next generation of highly skilled teachers.
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