Curriculum and Instruction

B.S. Childhood Education and Special Education (dual initial certification)

The 120-credit Bachelor of Science degree in Childhood Education and Special Education prepares you to become a knowledgeable, caring and inspiring teacher of children with and without disabilities 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 6 to 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. Additionally, teacher candidates receive a vigorous course of study in the assessment and support of students with a variety of special needs. They learn about a variety of educational approaches to special educations as well as practical applications across different educational settings. 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 and Special Education certification.

After you complete all degree requirements, successfully pass New York State Licensure tests (EAS, CST and edTPA) and you have completed all required teacher certification workshops, you will be awarded Initial teaching certification by the New York State Department of Education (NYSED) in Childhood Education and Special Education. Please refer to the NYSED certification website ( for the most up to date changes in certification requirements.

The Childhood Education degree is a joint program between LIU Post’s College of Education, Information and Technology and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The teacher education programs in LIU Post's Department of Teaching and Learning are nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Program Curriculum

Course # Course Name Credits

EDI 14

Historical, Philosophical and Sociological Foundation of Education


PSY 98

Psychological Perspectives of Teaching and Learning



Curriculum and Assessment for Preservice Teachers


EDI 19

Culturally Responsive-Sustainable Education


EDI 56

Literacy Acquisition for English Language Learners


EDS 60

Literacy Development: Birth–Grade 6


EDS 62

Literacy Assessment for the Classroom Teacher: Birth – Grade 6


EDI 63

Methods in Teaching Elementary Social Studies


EDS 600

Introduction to the Study of the Exceptional Child and Adolescent


EDI 54

Mathematics Content Standards & Pedagogies for Elementary School Studies


EDI 55

Designing and Assessing Mathematics Instructions for Elementary Students


EDI 69

Methods in the Teaching of Science in the Elementary School


EDS 630

Curriculum Based Assessment and Instruction of Students with Mild Disabilities at the Elementary and Secondary Levels


EDS 632

Instruction and Classroom Management for Children with Emotional and Behavioral Problems


EDS 633

Accommodating Learner’s w/ Special Needs-Inclusive Settings



Student Teaching, Childhood/Childhood Special Ed


Course # Course Name Credits
Required Core Courses 
(32-33 Credits)
POST 101 Post Foundations 1
FY First-Year Seminar 3
ENG 1** Writing 1 3
ENG 2** Writing 2 3
MTH 5 Quantitative Reasoning 3-4 
Choose one course from each of the five below course clusters and one additional course from one of the clusters.
Scientific Inquiry & the Natural World
Creativity Media & the Arts 3
Perspectives on World Culture 3
Self, Society & Ethics 3
Power, Institutions & Structures (ECO 10 Required) 3
One additional course from one of the five above clusters. (ECO 11 Required) 3
General Elective (3 Credits from Any Course)

* Some courses may count as core and others as electives.

** In addition to ENG 1 and 2, students take at least 3 more writing intensive (WAC) courses as part of their major, core, or elective courses.  ENG 303 and 304 can satisfy the ENG 1 and 2 requirement for students in the Honors College.

Credit Requirements
Total Major Requirement Credits 54
Elective Major Credits 6
Total Elective Liberal Arts & Sciences Credits 27-28
Total Core Requirement Credits 32-33
Total Degree Credits 120


College of Education, Information, and Technology