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Curriculum and Instruction

B.S. in Childhood Education (English Literature)

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 English Literature from among the Liberal Arts and Sciences curriculum.

English Literature Concentration

The study of English Literature helps develop fluency of expression, proficiency in logic and analysis, and a deeper appreciation of the great writers whose imaginations and sensibilities have shaped modern society and culture. As a future teacher, you will delve into masterworks written in English from the Anglo-Saxon period through the 20th century. You will choose electives that focus on a major figure, such as Chaucer, Shakespeare or Milton; a specific historical period, such as “The English Renaissance” or “The Victorian Rebels;” and a particular literary genre, such as “The Art of Autobiography” or “Contemporary American Drama.” You will also learn how to communicate to young students the fundamental skills of reading, understanding and interpreting English texts at any grade and content level. Students take 30 credits in English Literature to satisfy the Liberal Arts and Sciences requirements for the B.S. in Childhood Education degree program.

Education Courses

In addition to a thorough curriculum in English Literature, 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.


College of Education, Information, and Technology
Dr. Albert Inserra, Dean