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 Science from among the Liberal Arts and Sciences curriculum.
In this program you will gain the broad intellectual background and laboratory training necessary to provide students in the early grades with a basic understanding of the sciences, along with the powers of analysis and synthesis that are vital to mastering any discipline. You will study the foundations of chemistry, biology and the earth sciences. You will delve into the marvels of human anatomy and physiology. You will explore the universe through courses in astronomy and physics. This interdisciplinary approach will not only prepare you to introduce young students to the excitement of scientific inquiry; it will empower you to assist students in integrating ideas and skills, and in developing lifelong a foundation for critical thinking. Students take 32 credits in science to satisfy the liberal arts and sciences concentration requirements for the B.S. in Childhood Education degree program.
In addition to a thorough curriculum in Science, 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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