The 120-credit Bachelor of Science degree in Childhood Education prepares you to become a knowledgeable, caring and inspiring teacher of children who are in the first through sixth grades. In pursuing your undergraduate degree, you will examine theories of child development, motivation and learning for youngsters ranging in age from 6to 12 years old. You will master the skills needed to encourage students to learn new material and to take responsibility for themselves and one another. As you work toward this degree you will gain an understanding and appreciation of subjects ranging from science to music to language arts. You also will acquire techniques to assess and evaluate a child’s intellectual, social and physical development and learn the basic principles of classroom management for a diverse student population. The program will culminate in a semester-long student teaching experience that will allow you to practice your new skills in a classroom setting. This degree qualifies you for New York State Initial Teaching Certification.
The following are the admission requirements for the B.S. in Childhood Education (Grade 1-6)
Incoming freshmen must have a solid B average (3.0 or 82-85 grade point average) and an average SAT score of 1000 (Critical Reading and Math combined) or ACT Composite of 20 or above.
Transfer students must have completed more than 24 college credits. A minimum college GPA of 2.0 is required for application review. If you have completed fewer than 24 credits, you must also submit high school transcripts and SAT/ACT scores.
The Childhood Education major requires a concentration in the Liberal Arts and Sciences. You can select from one of the following areas of study:
After you complete the degree requirements and successfully pass all certification tests (LAST, ATS-W and CSTs), you will be awarded Initial Teaching Certification by the New York State Department of Education to Childhood Education (Grades 1 to 6).
Please refer to the NYSED certification website (www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/) for the most up to date changes in certification requirements.