The Liberal Arts Early Childhood Education Option is designed for students who are interested in pursuing teaching children from birth through Grades 2 as a career and who plan to transfer to Brooklyn College.
Childhood Education Option is coordinated by the Education and Language
Department and is designed for students who are interested in teaching children
Birth through Grade 2. 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 Early Childhood Education
Option can result in admission to the Professional Sequence at Brooklyn
College, Department of Early Childhood Education leading to the New York State
Initial Certificate in Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 2).
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 is made up of faculty, professional and peer advisors. They will guide you at every step during your college career. They are ready to help you:
In your first semester, your First Year Seminar (FYS) professor is your advisor. In your second semester and beyond, you can log in to My LaGuardia to contact advisor(s) or make an appointment. 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.
The Early 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
Preschool teachers are required to have an associate’s
degree and Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 2 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: Early Childhood Education Option at LaGuardia will prepare you for
continued studies to earn a four-year degree.
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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.
Review the Early Childhood Education Curriculum and the recommended course sequence below.
Recommended Course Sequence
The following course sequence is recommended for new Early Childhood Education majors.
Current students should check their Degree Audit and the tables below for recommended Flexible Core courses.
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.
*Early Childhood Education students are strongly advised to take two levels of Modern Language in the same language. Note that exemption credits do not transfer to other colleges.
Fieldwork hours in a New York City public
school (Pre-K-Grade 2) or a New York State Approved Childcare Center are
required in Education Program core courses. See course descriptions for number
of fieldwork hours required in each course. These fieldwork hours are designed
to integrate theory and practice. Fieldwork hours at LaGuardia will partially
satisfy New York State Certification Requirements. The intent of fieldwork
component 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
Beginning Spring 2018, all Education students at LaGuardia Community College must be registered in the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) Personnel Eligibility Tracking System (PETS) database specifically for LaGuardia Community College students and Fingerprinted by the NYCDOE before registering for an education course. Click here for New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) Fingerprint Verification and Security Clearance Requirements.