Education: Early Childhood Track, AA

Room: B-Building, B-234

Phone: (718) 482-5640


The Early Childhood major prepares students to teach children in all subjects from birth through 2nd grade.

Program Requirements

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.

Are You Interested In...

  • How babies and young children develop and learn?
  • Nurturing, guiding and teaching children?
  • Social justice issues?
  • Interpersonal and communication skills?
  • Creativity and critical thinking skills?
  • Public service?
  • Problem solving?
  • Leadership skills?

Skills You Will Learn

  • How babies and young children develop and learn
  • Ways of teaching and assessing young children
  • How create effective lesson plans
  • How to work with culturally and linguistically diverse young children and their families

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.

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Career Possibilities

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.

  • NYC Dept. of Education Study Plan Lead Teacher 3-K For All
  • NYC Dept. of Education Teacher’s Assistant/Aide (Teaching Assistant Certificate needed)
  • Teacher’s Assistant/Aide in Private School or Nursery
  • Head Teacher in Private School or Nursery
  • Childcare Worker
  • Recreation Worker/Camp Counselor
  • Social and Human Service Assistant
  • Home Visitor for Early Intervention
  • NYC Dept. of Education Early Education Lead Teacher, 3-K or Pre-K
  • NYC Dept. of Education Teacher, Pre-K to Grade 2
  • Private/Charter School Classroom Teacher
  • Private Preschool/Child Care Director
  • NYC Dept. of Education Teacher, Pre-k to Grade 2
  • Educational Consultant
  • Instructional Coordinator
  • Child and Family Advocate
  • Education Administrator/School Principal
  • College Professor

Transfer Possibilities

  • Brooklyn College – BA in Early Childhood Education
    Important: Queens College does not have a program in Early Childhood Education at the BA level but rather only at the MA level. To get to the MA level, you need a BA in education or a related area.
  • BA in Early Childhood Special Education


Note: Transfer to non-articulated programs will likely result in some loss of credits.

Degree Requirements

A. REQUIRED CORE: 12 credits

English: 6 credits

  • ENG101 English Composition I (3)
    (or ENA101 depending on placement scores)
  • ENG102 Writing through Literature (3)

Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning: 3 credits

Select one course from the following: 3

  • MAT107 Mathematics and the Modern World
  • MAT123 Modern Problem Solving
    (depending on Placement)
  • MAT115 College Algebra and Trigonometry
  • MAT117 Algebra and Trigonometry
    (depending on placement scores)
  • MAT119 Statistics with Elementary Algebra
    (depending on placement scores)
  • MAT120 Elementary Statistics

Life and Physical Sciences: 3 credits

Select one of the following: 3

  • SCB101 Topics in Biological Sciences
  • SCB206 Introduction to Neuroscience
  • SCC101 Topics in Chemistry
  • SCC102 Chemistry of Photography
  • SCP101 Topics in Physics
  • SCP105 Life in the Universe
  • SCP140 Topics in Astronomy

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.

  • World Cultures and Global Issues
  • US Experience in its Diversity
  • Creative Expression
  • Individual and Society
  • Scientific World


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.


Courses Credits
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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