Curriculum and Instruction

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

The 123-credit B.S. Early Childhood Education and Special Education prepares you to become a knowledgeable, caring, and inspiring teacher of general education and special education for children from birth to second grade.

In pursuing your undergraduate degree, you will examine theories of child development, motivation, and learning for youngsters ranging in age from birth until 8 years of age. 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 the 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 you will 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 classroom settings. This degree qualifies you for two NYS initial teaching certifications.

This program requires a concentration in the liberal arts and sciences.

After you complete all degree requirements, successfully pass New York State licensure tests (EAS, CST and edTPA), and you have completed all seminars listed below, you will be awarded two initial teaching certifications by the New York State Education Department. The seminars are: Child Abuse ID & Reporting, SAVE, DASA, Child Abduction and Preventing Alcohol, Tobacco, Substance Abuse. Please refer to the NYSED certification website for the most up-to-date changes in certification requirements.

This early childhood education I special education program is a joint program between LIU Post's College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (CLAS) and College of Education, Information & Technology (CElT).  The teacher education programs at LIU Post 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



Multimodal Approach to Play-Based Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction:  Birth–Grade 2


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 42

Multimodal Approach to Play-Based Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction K-Grade 2


EDS 600

Introduction to the Study of the Exceptional Child and Adolescent



Nurturing Young Children’s Development: A Multi-cultural Approach: Birth-Grade 2


EDI 625

Observation and Assessment in Early Childhood Education: Birth-Grade 2


EDS 632

Instruction and Classroom Management for Children with Emotional and Behavioral Problems


EDI 630

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


EDS 633

Accommodating Learners w/ Special Needs-Inclusive Settings



Supervised Student Teaching


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
Total Degree Credits 120


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