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 Writing from among the Liberal Arts and Sciences curriculum.
English Writing Concentration
Reading and writing are inextricably linked. In this far-ranging yet eminently practical program, you will scrutinize the great literature of the past and present; you will analyze the structure of language and the particulars of English usage; you will explore the challenges of writing in different genres, for different audiences and purposes; and you will learn how to communicate to young students the fundamental skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking well. Course material ranges from the application of modern linguistic science to English and the study of phonetics to such topics as “Screenwriting,” “Writing and Editing for Public Relations” and “The History of the American Musical Theater.” Students take 30 credits in English Writing to satisfy the liberal arts and sciences requirements for the B.S. in Childhood Education degree program.
In addition to a thorough curriculum in English Writing, 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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