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 Geography from among the Liberal Arts and Sciences curriculum.
To major in Geography is to learn about the earth as the home for humanity. As you prepare to become a teacher, you will explore how people interact with their physical surroundings by studying such varied topics as conservation, resource use, religions, languages, volcanoes and storms. Through a broad range of electives you will incorporate different political, historical and cultural perspectives in gaining new knowledge of your environments. The concentration in Geography should provide you with the necessary background and powers of analysis to help young children learn about their home planet and their places in the environment. You will take 32 credits in Geography to satisfy the liberal arts and sciences requirements for the B.S. in Childhood Education degree program.
In addition to a thorough curriculum in Geography, 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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