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.
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:
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.
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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
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
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 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
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
First Year, Fall II
First Year, Spring I
First Year, Spring II
Second Year, Fall I
Second Year, Fall II
Second Year, Spring I
Second Year, Spring II
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.