How to Apply to the ECE Program
FAQs: Applying for Admission to the Undergraduate Early Childhood Education Program
Q. What are the requirements for admission to the ECE Program?
A. There is a GPA requirement, a coursework requirement, an admission test, and an admission interview.
Q. What is the required GPA for admission to the program?
A. You must have a 2.8 GPA at the time of your admission interview.
Q. Do I have to take the School of Education Admission Test?
A. Yes, you are required to take the SEAT and pass both the multiple-choice sectionand the essay. The passing score is 57. Students can attempt the test a total of three times. You must produce a passing score no later than your interview date.
Q. What courses do I have to take before my admission interview?
A. Writing for Interdisciplinary Studies 1 and 2; Core Social Science 1 and 2; Core Natural Science 1 or 2; Sociology of Education; ECE 1: Theories of Development;
ECE 2: Development, Assessment, Teaching, and Learning. You are required to earn a grade of A, B, or C in each of these courses.
Q. Can I use transfer courses to meet the coursework requirement?
A. Yes, as long as you received grades of A, B, or C for the courses. However, you must take ECE 1 or ECE 2 or Sociology of Education at CWE.
Q. Why is an interview required?
A. The faculty of the ECE Program created the interview requirement because the ECE Program confers a professional credential that leads to New York State certification. Admission interviews are standard for professional degree programs.
Q. Who interviews applicants to the ECE Program, and what will they ask me?
A. Faculty in the ECE Program will interview you. Interviews take place during spring semesters only, on Saturdays. The interview process is about three hours long and includes writing an essay. Interview questions cover knowledge of child development theories, methods of observing and recording young children's behavior, and your experiences and motivations for becoming an early childhood teacher.
Q. If I am admitted to the ECE Program, when can I start taking ECE courses?
A. If you are admitted to the ECE Program, you become a "teacher candidate." The ECE coursework sequence starts in the Summer Session with Facilitating Children's Artistic Development and Facilitating Children's Musical Development. However, the gateway course for the ECE Program is Language Development and Emergent Literacy 1, which is offered in Fall semesters only. Teacher candidates are required to pass this course before continuing in the ECE Program.