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 Sociology from among the Liberal Arts and Sciences curriculum.
Sociology is a broadly based discipline that focuses on understanding human behavior through a holistic view of society, its functions and dysfunctions. The goal is to enable students to liberate themselves from a narrow perspective of place, time and circumstances, while at the same time strengthening an awareness of the relationship between society and the individual. In this program you will receive a thorough grounding in the basic concepts and methods of sociological research, including statistics. As a future teacher you will gain a deeper understanding of today’s multi-ethnic American culture and its institutions – including the family, religion, education, the state, and the economic order – and you will develop tools to communicate this understanding to young students at an appropriate content level.
Students take 30 credits in Sociology to satisfy the liberal arts and sciences requirements for the B.S. in Childhood Education degree program. These credits include “Introduction to Sociology (SOC 1) and “Social Institutions” (SOC 2) (SOC 303 and 304 for Honors Program students) to fulfill your social science core requirements, and 24 additional credits from among sociology electives, including, but not limited to, “Sociology of Youth and Adolescence” (SOC 24) and “Sociology of Education” (SOC 25) as well as other sociology electives covering topics of race, gender, the family and social inequality.
In addition to a thorough curriculum in Sociology, 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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