Curriculum and Instruction

Department of Teaching and Learning

The Department of Teaching and Learning offers one of the most comprehensive teacher preparation programs in New York State. The Department’s programs focus on the different stages of child development: infancy, pre-school, early childhood, childhood, middle and high school. Students are mentored throughout their entire program by expert faculty who oversee their student-teaching assignments, portfolio development, peer- and self-evaluations, and leadership experiences. All teacher education programs lead to New York State teacher certification.

The Department of Teaching and Learning offers bachelor’s programs in early childhood education (birth to grade 2)/childhood education (grades 1 to 6), early childhood/special education, early childhood/TESOL, childhood education/special education, childhood education/TESOL, adolescence education (grades 7 to 12), Adolescent English/ Students with Disabilities 7-12, art and music education (birth to grade 12), health education/physical education, and physical education. Also, the department offers accelerated programs where students can earn both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in five years, with the master’s in either special education or TESOL.

The Department of Teaching and Learning prepares students for New York State certification as special education teachers and literacy specialists in masters programs. Students can select from three Master of Science degree programs: Literacy; Special Education; and Special Education with a Concentration in Autism. The Department also offers dual certification programs which prepare students to become certified in two specialty areas: Special Education or Childhood Education and Literacy.

The mission of the Department of Teaching and Learning is the generation, preservation, dissemination, and application of knowledge and research in the fields of teacher education for the benefit of students, public/private schools, and agencies in the Long Island and metropolitan New York community. The Department provides premier instructional, applied research, and public service programming in an open and welcoming environment. We fulfill our commitment to quality by using advanced instructional technologies, fostering lifelong learning, promoting cultural diversity, and working in partnership with our service communities. The programs are accredited, signifying that they meet the highest standards of quality in preparing competent, caring and qualified professional educators who will teach and lead in pre-K through grade 12 schools.

The Special Education Program prepares students to create effective learning environments for students with a variety of disabilities and challenges in grades 1 to 6. Coursework includes classroom management, the diagnosis and correction of learning disabilities, and the use of inclusion techniques. The Literacy Program leads to New York State certification as a Literacy Teacher and prepares students to work in schools and clinical settings as a literacy specialist. Students learn to teach reading and written communication skills, develop reading curricula, evaluate student progress, and identify students in need of corrective and remedial instruction. Participants develop skills and clinical experience for communicating with parents and the expertise to evaluate district-wide reading programs.

B.S. in Adolescence Education - Biology (Grades 7-12)
B.S. in Adolescence Education - Mathematics (Grades 7-12)
B.M. in Music Education (Birth - Grade 12)
B.S. in Early Childhood Education and Special Education
B.S. in Childhood Education and Early Childhood Education 
B.S. in Childhood Education and Special Education
B.S. in Health Education and Physical Education (K-12)

B.S. in Adolescence English Education/ Students w/Disabilities (Grades 7-12)

B.S. in Adolescence Mathematics Education/ Students w/Disabilities (Grades 7-12)
B.S. in Adolescence Social Studies Education/ Students w/Disabilities (Grades 7-12)
M.S. in Early Childhood Education (Birth to Grade 2)
M.S. in Adolescence Education (Grade 7 - 12)
M.S. in Adolescence Education: Pedagogy only 
M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages 
M.S. in Music Education (Birth to Grade 12)
M.S. in Special Education
M.S. in Special Education (Autism)

Why Study Education at LIU Post?

  • Longstanding partnerships with more than 80 school districts in Nassau, Suffolk, Queens, and Westchester.
  • In-demand areas of concentration, including special education, foreign languages, and environmental science.
  • Over 500 student teaching placements each semester.
  • Become a leader in innovative teaching techniques through the M.S. in Education Technology program.

"The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled."

– Plutarch


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