• Childhood Education

    The Childhood Education Option is designed for students who are interested in pursuing teaching in Grades 1 through 6 as a career and who plan to transfer to Queens College.

  • The Childhood Education Option is coordinated by the Education and Language Department and is designed for students who are interested in teaching Grades 1 through 6. This Option provides a clearly defined academic path that leads to continued study at a four-year college. Successful completion of LaGuardia's Associate in Arts (AA) degree requirements in the Childhood Education Option can result in admission to the Professional Sequence at Queens College, Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education leading to the New York State Initial Certificate in Childhood Education (Grades 1-6). This program can lead to admission to Queens College upon successful completion of LaGuardia's Associate in Arts (AA) degree requirements in Liberal Arts and provide a clearly defined academic path that leads to New York State provisional certification in teaching. Students in theChildhood Education program must have a grade of B in at least one course in each of the core content areas: Math, Science, Social Studies and English Language Arts.

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  •  Advising Team

    In support of the LaGuardia’s mission to educate and graduate its students to become critical thinkers and socially responsible citizens, the College has undertaken a team approach toward advising, designed to support you in your major from orientation through graduation.

    Your advising team, made up of faculty and professional advisors, will guide you at every step during your college career. They are ready to help you:

    • Explore your major
    • Select introductory and advanced courses
    • Connect you with campus support services
    • Prepare an educational and career plan

    Visit the Advising page to learn more about when to get advised and how to prepare for an advising appointment, and check out the Advising Calendar for information sessions, events and more.

    Please feel free to reach out to these advisors if you have any questions or need assistance, and visit laguardia.edu/visit for directions to campus.

    Advising Team Staff Members Email Phone Office Location
    Maria Shirling, Advising Services  mshirling@lagcc.cuny.edu
    718-730-7577  B 100P 
    Shakira Whitley, Advising Services swhitley@lagcc.cuny.edu  718-482-5262  B 100G 


    Advising Team Faculty Members Email Phone  Office Location
    Michele de Goeas-Malone, Education Co-Coordinator mmalone@lagcc.cuny.edu 718-482-6050 B 234L
    Arthur Lau, Education Co-Coordinator alau@lagcc.cuny.edu  718-482-5626 B 234F 
    Angela Cornelius, Assistant Professor  acornelius@lagcc.cuny.edu  718-730-7529 B 234WW 
    Marisa Klages-Bombich, ELA Chair mklages@lagcc.cuny.edu  718-482-5370  B 234Q 


     Career Profile

    The Childhood Education Option was established as a response to a predicted teacher shortage nationwide. This shortage is envisioned as being particularly acute among minority teachers, especially in the City of New York. The Liberal Arts Options in the Education program are also designed to respond to the shortcomings within the teaching profession itself by combining a strong Liberal Arts course of study with an early experiential component. The program provides a broad intellectual foundation and an understanding of the world we live in, its history, diversity and cultures.


    Elementary school teachers are required to have a bachelor’s degree in addition to state certification; New York City public school teachers are required to obtain a master’s degree. Private schools have various degree and certification requirements. The Liberal Arts: Childhood Education Option at LaGuardia will prepare you for continued studies to earn a four-year degree.


    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of elementary school teachers is expected to grow 6 percent from 2014 to 2024, and the median salary of elementary school teachers in 2015 was $54,550.i


    [i] Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/kindergarten-and-elementary-school-teachers.htm (visited June 21, 2016).

    Explore career possibilities on Career Connect

     Classroom Observations

    Classroom observation hours in New York City public schools (Grades 1-6) are required in Education Program core courses. See course descriptions for number of observation hours required in each course. These observation hours are designed to integrate theory and practice. Classroom observation hours at LaGuardia will partially satisfy New York State Certification Requirements. The intent of the classroom observations is to involve students in the educational life of the classroom, to let them experience a variety of school settings and to learn beginning skills in a teaching role. Through this experiential component, students will have the opportunity to clarify their personal goals, gain insight into the teaching profession and make informed career decisions about continuing in the field of urban education. For further information please contact the Education Program Fieldwork Coordinator.


     Curriculum and Recommended Course Sequence

    Current Students
    Log in to the CUNY Portal
    to review your Degree Audit to find out what classes to take. 
    Have questions about using Degree Audit? Visit LaGuardia’s Degree Audit page for tutorials and how-to guides.


    Prospective Students

    Review the Childhood Education Curriculum and the recommended course sequence below.


    Recommended Course Sequence
    The following sequence is recommended for new Childhood Education majors.
    Current students should check their Degree Audit and the tables below for recommended Core Sequence.


    First Year, Fall I

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    LIF101 First Year Seminar  Program Core 3
    ENG101 English Composition Required Common Core 3
    SSH101 Themes in American History I Program Core and Pre-requisite for ELN120 3
    MAT115 Mathematical and Quantitive Reasoning Course Required Common Core 3
    Session Credits 12
    Total Credits 12


    First Year, Fall II

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    HUC106 Public Speaking Flexible Core: Creative Expression 3
    Session Credits 3
    Total Credits 15


    First Year, Spring I

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    ELL110 Arts in Education Program Core
    HUC116 Survey of Speech, Language & Hearing Disorders Program Core 3
    ELL101 Introduction to Language Flexible Core: Scientific World and Pre-requisite for ELE203  3
    ENG102 Writing though Literature Pathways Required Core 3
    Session Credits 12 
    Total Credits 27


    First Year, Spring II

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    SCB101 OR SCC101 Topics in Biological Sciences or Topics in Chemistry Required Common Core 3

    Session Credits 3
    Total Credits 30 


    Second Year, Fall I

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    ELN120 Foundations of American Education Program Core and Pre-requisite for ELE203 3
    SSY105 Learning and Education Program Core and Pre-requisite for ELE203 3
    Modern Language I Flexible Core: World Cultures and Global Issues 3
    MAT104 Mathematics in Elementary Education Program Core 3
    Session Credits 12 
    Total Credits 42 


    Second Year, Fall II

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    ELN101 Introduction to Bilingualism Flexible Core: U.S. Experience in its Diversity 3
    Session Credits 3
    Total Credits 45 


    Second Year, Spring I

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    ELE203 Language and Literacy in Childhood Education Program Core 3
    SSH102 Themes in American History II Program Core 3
    Modern Language Level II* Program Core 3
    ELL220 Introduction to Sociolinguistics  Flexible Core: Individual and Society 
    Session Credits 12 
    Total Credits 57 


    Second Year, Spring II

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    SSY101/SSA101/SSS100 Introduction to Psycholinguistics/Cultural Anthropology/Introduction to Sociology Additional Flexible Core
    Session Credits
    Total Credits 60


    For information about this program’s retention and graduation rate visit the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment website page.


    *The course must be in the same language as the course taken to fulfill the Modern Language I requirement.