The Early Childhood major prepares students to teach children in all subjects from birth through 2nd grade.
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 Fieldwork Coordinator.
All Education and TESOL 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.
Skills You Will Learn
What makes this major unique?
This major focuses on developmentally appropriate practices for children ages birth through 8 years old (2nd grade). Most courses taken to fulfill this major cannot be used to fulfill requirements for other Education majors.
NYC Public School teachers are required to earn a Master’s Degree within 5 years of Initial Certification for Permanent Certification. Students interested in careers with the Department of Education are encouraged to consult their website for specific information and requirements.
Note: Transfer to non-articulated programs will likely result in some loss of credits.
A. REQUIRED CORE: 12 credits
English: 6 credits
Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning: 3 credits
Select one course from the following: 3
Life and Physical Sciences: 3 credits
Select one of the following: 3
B. FLEXIBLE CORE: 18 credits
Select one course from each of the five flexible core categories
AND one additional course from any flexible core category.
Students are advised to select one Urban Study course to
complete college requirement. To complete the degree
requirements from the Flexible Core, students are advised to
select courses from the recommended course selections listed
on the program website. Note: Student can select only two
courses from any one discipline.
|Education Core: 18 credits|
|EDF101 First Year Seminar for Education||3|
|ELE110 Arts in Education||3|
|ELE200 Foundations of Special Education||3|
|ELE205 Language and Literacy in Early Childhood Education||3|
|ELN121 Foundations of Early Childhood Education||3|
|ELN206 Family, School & Community in Early Childhood Education||3|
|Social Science: 12 credits|
|SSY101 General Psychology||3|
|SSY105 Learning and Education||3|
|SSY230 Abnormal Psychology||3|
|SSY240 Developmental Psychology||3|
|TOTAL CREDITS: 60|
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