ECE Program Curriculum

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

  1. Pathways General Education
  2. Liberal Arts Co-Concentration
  3. Early Childhood Education Courses

All of these work together to complement a well rounded education that makes it possible for you to inspire curiosity and skills in young children. The Pathways General Education courses assist you in developing the foundations and identities of being a student. The liberal arts courses build on that component by inspiring a sense of wonder, encouraging you to explore new ways of thinking, and exposing you to different aspects of the world. The early childhood education courses take what you have learned from Pathways general education and the liberal arts and layer that with teaching methods, understanding about child development, and concrete ways for you to bring positive enriching learning experiences to life for young children.

Typically, the early childhood courses are offered in specific semesters. Use this to think about your planning. Find out which ECE classes are offered in which semester.

Early Childhood Education at CWE Class Schedule

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Summer Schedule

EDCE 22102 School, Family & Community


EDCE 32204 How Children Learn Math


EDCE 20604 ECE I: Theories of Development Applied to Early Childhood Practice


EDCE 32304 Language and Literacy I


EDCE 40800 Student Teaching and Integrative Seminar in ECE

EDCE 20614 ECE II: Development, Assessment, Teaching and Learning in Inclusive Settings                       

EDCE 40200 Language Development and Emergent Literacy II

EDCE 40300 Social Studies in ECE

EDCE 40800 Student Teaching and Integrative Seminar in ECE

EDCE 31904 Science Methods in E.C.E.

EDCE 20614 ECE II: Development, Assessment, Teaching and Learning in Inclusive Settings   

EDCE 40500 Facilitating Children’s Artistic Development

EDCE 40600 Facilitating Children’s Musical Development



Fieldwork is the clinical part of a professional program that gives you in the moment real life experiences related to your role as an educator of young children. All of your classes have fieldwork components. They are most often situated as homework assignments but they can also take place in class. Your field work will give you opportunities to work with children, families, educators, administrators and other stakeholders in early childhood.

Possible Fieldwork May Include:

  • Interviewing Children
  • Implementing a small group learning experience
  • Mapping a school
  • Collecting data from family members
  • Creating a learning center in an actual classroom


At CWE, advising is a relationship in which you partner with your ECE advisor to

  • Express, define, and plan for how to achieve your academic and professional goals
  • Become knowledgeable about the requirements for the B.S. degree
  • Make decisions about how you will progress through the ECE Program
  • Learn and practice professional protocols and modes of communication

The role of the ECE advisor

The ECE Program Manager is the advisor for all teacher candidates, meaning students formally admitted to the ECE Program. Your advisor educates you about the requirements and protocols of the ECE Program and supports you in navigating the program. They are also your liaison to other offices of the College. In addition to the work they do to support students in the areas mentioned above, they issue permission to enroll in courses.

When to meet with your advisor

You must meet with your advisor to secure permission to enroll in any course you wish to enroll in. To schedule an appointment, email the CWE Virtual Front Desk with your full name, EMPLID, Citymail address, and best-reach telephone number. State that you want to schedule an advising appointment. You should meet with your advisor in April or May to choose Summer and Fall classes. You should meet with your advisor in November or December to choose Spring classes.

Your Advising Worksheet

Your advising worksheet is a document unique to you. It is a record of how you have met the course requirements for the ECE Program. The advising worksheet identifies courses taken at City College and previous colleges that meet the specific Pathways, concentration, and teaching methods courses required to earn the B.S. degree. Have your advising worksheet with you for every meeting with your advisor.

Preparing for your advising appointment

Before you meet with your advisor to choose classes for the next semester, review your advising worksheet and your CUNYfirst student transcript. Take note of classes you have completed and classes you still need to take. Make sure your transcript includes all classes you have passed and that all grades have been posted. Then, access the CWE Schedule of Classes from the CWE website and read it. Pay closer attention to the course descriptions than the course titles; the course descriptions provide information about what each class requires. Bring a list of the courses you want to your advising meeting.

Your advisor will also ask you to reflect on your experience of the past semester in order to help you identify patterns, strengths, challenges, and help you develop strategies for a successful academic experience. Be prepared to discuss the following questions in your advising meeting:

  1. What has challenged you?
  2. What practices and experiences have been working well for you?
  3. What would you like to change for the upcoming semester/year?
  4. What specific goals do you have for yourself as a student in the upcoming semester based on your reflections for this past semester or your past as a student?

Contacting your advisor

At this time, all advising appointments are held via videoconference. You can schedule an appointment with the ECE advisor by emailing the CWE Front Desk ( ) with your full name, your EMPLID, your Citymail address, and your best-reach telephone number. All requests for advising appointments should follow this procedure.

If you have a simple question or request for information, you can also reach out to the ECE advisor via email ( ). Emails should always include your full name and EMPLID for identification purposes. Be mindful that emails are not text messages, but formal correspondence, so they should include a salutation, a signature, and a clear statement of your request, question, or problem to be solved.

Student Teaching

Admission to Student Teaching

Since this is a professional program that leads to certification, the clinical component of student teaching carries significant weight. Admissions to student teaching is not a given, it is something that is valuable and earned through a series of successful accomplishments. Admissions to student teaching is also not automatic. There is a process that must be followed. Read about the steps for the process.

All teacher candidates must earn a passing score on one of the New York State Teacher Certification exams before the School of Education will approve their application to student teach.  These exams include:  Educating All Students (EAS) or the Multi-Subject Content Specialty Test (CST). The edTPA is typically completed during the student teaching semester.

Eligible teacher candidates may apply for student teaching in a fall or spring semester. Applications may be requested at the Front Desk. The application will include a personal data form, an advisor’s section, an application for fingerprinting, and a Student Teaching Preference Form. The application also requires a 3-5 page typewritten reflective autobiographical essay. Completed applications must be submitted to Ms. Deborah Edwards-Anderson, ECE Program Manager. Please check the ECE webpages for application deadlines. Once a candidate’s eligibility for student teaching has been confirmed by the ECE Program Manager and ECE Program Director, the candidate will sign up for an interview with an ECE faculty member. The student teaching applicant is expected to bring her or his completed Student Teaching Preference Form to the interview. Following the interview, ECE faculty members meet to review each candidate’s student teaching application. The candidate’s academic performance in the program, professional dispositions, and interview data are all considered by ECE faculty members as they decide whether or not to approve a candidate for student teaching. A final recommendation to approve or not approve a candidate for student teaching will then be made to the Committee on Student Services of the School of Education. Candidates will receive final notification of approval or non-approval by the ECE Program Director.   

Student Teaching and Seminar  

Student teaching is a full semester (15 weeks), and consists of two placements in two of the three age groups within the span of early childhood (Birth-8 years):

  1. Birth to Pre-Kindergarten
  2. Kindergarten 
  3. First or second grade

Student teaching placements are full-day, four days a week.

Certification Tests

Taking Tests Required for Certification 

You must pass either the Educating All Students Exam (EAS) or all three parts of the Content Specialty Test for Early Childhood in order to be admitted into student teaching. Based on data we have about pass rates in teacher certification tests at the undergraduate level and content covered in your different classes, we recommend that you follow this sequence for taking  your exams: 

Prior to admission or in the first semester of the program

At the end of the first semester in the program

At the end of the second semester in the program

Last semester in the program

CST Multi-subject Arts & Sciences (#245)

Educating All Students

CST Multi-subject Literacy B-2nd (#211) 

CST Multi-subject

Math B-2nd (#212)

Complete final requirements including the ATSW or edTPA (speak with advisors) and any outstanding tests.

Fast facts about the tests: 

The CST Multi-Subject is now taken in three parts: 

  • ​​Literacy (#211)
  • Math (#212)
  • Arts & Sciences (#245)

Previously, the CST combined the three sections into a 4.5 hour test. Now that the test is taken in parts, starting with Arts & Sciences is a great way to "get your feet wet" and practice the whole testing process. The arts and sciences subtest is like the general ed core and addresses basic background knowledge across disciplines. It is not dependent on the knowledge you will obtain from the EDCE classes taken once you are admitted to the ECE Program. 

CST Literacy: Much of what is covered on this exam is covered in  your two-semester language and literacy sequence coursework at CWE. 

CST Math: Due to the extensive math content covered in this exam, you may need additional preparation to review advanced math and geometry as part of your preparation for that exam. 

Educating All Students (EAS): This exam is the same for all teacher certification candidates regardless of grade level or discipline. You will see questions about how to accommodate your teaching in classrooms from K-12 grade. To prepare for this exam, consider how you will support all learners to access your curriculum as a lead general education teacher. 

Final Requirements: Due to COVID-19, the state revised its final requirements for certification. Before COVID-19, teacher candidates had to complete and pass the edTPA teaching portfolio. A temporary requirement in lieu of edTPA is the Assessment of Teaching Skills - Written (ATSW) for elementary school teachers. Check with advisors and professors in the ECE to make sure you are up-to-date with these ever-changing requirements. 

Registering for exams: To register for exams, you need to create a user name and password on the New York State Teacher Certification Exam (NYSTCE) website. 

Preparation: There are many resources available through City College, CUNY, and online to help you prepare for exams, and some resources are much better than others. We recommend that you avoid paying for test preparation and try using free resources instead. One exception is the full practice tests for Literacy, Math and the EAS, which are available on the NYSTCE website for $14 each. Make sure the CST tests you select are for ECE (#211 and #212) and not Childhood Education (#221 and #222). The EAS practice exam is the same for everyone.


New York State Teacher Certification Exams

Length in Minutes


Educating All Students



Content Specialty Test 211 – ELA



Content Specialty Test 212 – Math



Content Specialty Test 245 – Arts & Sciences



ATSW Safety Net Instead of edTPA 

(currently expiring in May 2022)



Scholarships, Grants, and Financial Aid

There are many ways to pay for undergraduate education. Below you’ll find resources that focus on scholarships, which tend to be “free” with no payback or strings attached. Grants range from federal Pell Grants, which are also free, to other types of grants such as the “TEACH Grant,” requiring a “repayment” in the form of years of service upon graduation. Financial Aid covers everything, including some student loans, which you must pay back, with interest, starting six months after you graduate. For a quick breakdown of the difference between grants, scholarships, and loans, click here (  

For most of the scholarships and grants listed below, you will need to be a citizen and you will be required to complete the Free Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) after you or your parents file taxes each year. Scholarships for those who don’t meet these requirements are also available. Some of these scholarships are listed below under the heading “Undcoumented/TPS/DACA Scholarships.” Whatever your situation, please take advantage of all the free resources and support available from The City College Office of Financial Aid ( Mr. Warren Orange ( ) is the CWE Financial Aid Coordinator; he does not process financial aid applications or package financial aid awards, but functions as a liaison between CWE students and the uptown Financial Aid Office. More on Scholarships…

Educator-Specific Scholarships

School of Education (SOE) Scholarships: Each year, the School of Education has an open scholarship application period from late March to late April (dates vary based on the timing of spring break). Check their ( for up-to-date information about teaching-specific scholarships available to City College students. 

Federal TEACH Grant: As mentioned in the introduction, the U.S. federal TEACH grant is free of cost but requires you to fulfill a teaching service obligation. Follow the link for more information:

The New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute (PDI): Founded by CUNY, PDI is a valuable resource for early childhood educators across New York City. In addition to providing career development counseling and support, they have up-to-date information about scholarships for early childhood educators. Click this link for details:

Other Scholarships

While it is impossible to provide a complete list of scholarships you might be eligible to apply for, here is a short list of general scholarships you might consider as you pursue your degree in early childhood education. 

Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Center for Worker Education Scholarships:  

Undocumented/TPS/DACA Scholarships

Last Updated: 03/02/2022 12:15