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ECE Curriculum

The ECE Program curriculum consists of three groups of required courses:

1. General Education
2. Liberal Arts Co-Concentration
3. ECE Courses

General Education

Beginning in Fall 2013, students who are admitted to City College as ECE pre-majors will follow the Pathways curriculum to satisfy their General Education requirements:

English Composition: (Common Core)
IAS 10000/recitation
IAS 10100/recitation

AND/OR (College Option)
ENGL 31134/recitation
ENGL 31384/recitation

Mathematics & Quantitative Reasoning
MATH 18000/recitation
MATH 18500/recitation

Life and Physical Sciences
IAS 10400/recitation


World Cultures & Global Issues:
SPAN 12104/recitation
SPAN 12204/recitation
SPAN 223
SPAN 223 Substitution Course (College Option: Latin Am. or World Lit., etc.)
Foreign Language Exemption (4 years H.S. language; Foreign Language Placement Test)

U.S. Experience in its Diversity:
HIST 12404/recitation
PSC 10104/recitation

Creative Expression:
ART 29104/recitation

Individual and Society:
IAS 31292/recitation
PSY 10204/recitation
PSY 24604/recitation

Scientific World:
IAS 10500/recitation

Speech Requirement:
SPCH 11104

All General Education courses must be passed with a grade of C or higher.


The New York State Education Department (NYSED) requires that candidates for teacher certification complete a liberal arts co-concentration  (referred to at other colleges as a "minor") as part of the coursework for the bachelor's degree in education. This co-concentration's purpose is to give you an intellectually-expansive college experience.

You may choose from 3 co-concentrations:

Literature, Communication, and the Arts: if you are interested in literature, art history, writing and journalism, film, theatre, music, and media communication. If you choose this co-concentration, you are encouraged to include courses in history and cultural and social theory to provide a context to your study of these artistic productions, movements, and institutions.

Cultural and Historical Studies: if you are interested in history,  social and political organization, and contexts for forms of cultural expression. These courses include history (the study of change over time), anthropology (the holistic, historical, and globally comparative study of humankind), political science (where political power is, how it operates, whose interests it serves—who gets what, when, where, how, and how should they work), and sociology (study of the origin, development, functioning, and organization of human society). This co-concentration also includes the interdisciplinary areas of women's/gender studies, African American studies, and Latin American/Caribbean studies.

Human Services: if you have an interest in psychology, social work, community development, developmental disabilities, and non-profit management. You will learn to apply a social change perspective to working and advocating effectively within diverse urban communities.

Students must include SOC 38144 (Sociology of Education) as part of their co-concentration.

The co-concentration requires you to complete 30-32 credits. You may also apply transfer credit to the partial completion of the co-concentration.

ECE Courses

Pre-majors must take EDCE 20604, EDCE 20614, and SOC 38144 before applying for admission to the ECE Program.

After being formally admitted to the ECE Program, students are considered teacher candidates, and are required to take the following sequence of courses and fieldwork experiences:

Fall Semester
EDCE 32304   Language Development and Emergent Literacy 1(4 credits, 15 fieldwork hours)
EDCE 32204  How Children Learn Math (4 credits, 15 fieldwork hours)
EDCE 31904   Science in Early Childhood (2 credits, 5 fieldwork hours)

Spring Semester
EDCE 22102   School, Family, Community (2 credits, 5 fieldwork hours)
EDCE 40200   Language Development and Emergent Literacy 2 (2 credits, 10 fieldwork hours)
EDCE 40300   Social Studies in ECE (2 credits, 5 fieldwork hours)

Fall Semester or Spring Semester (final semester)
EDCE 40800   Student Teaching and Seminar (6 credits, 300 hours)
EDCE 41900   Professional Seminar (0 credits)

ECE courses must be taken in sequence. No exceptions will be made to this rule.