The ECE Program curriculum consists of three groups of required courses:
- Pathways General Education
- Liberal Arts Co-Concentration
- Early Childhood Education Courses
1. Pathways General Education
English Composition: (Common Core)
Mathematics & Quantitative Reasoning
Life and Physical Sciences
World Cultures & Global Issues
U.S. Experience in its Diversity
Individual and Society
All Pathways General Education courses must be passed with a grade of C or higher.
2. Liberal Arts Co-Concentration
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) requires that candidates for teacher certification declare a Liberal Arts Co-Concentration as part of coursework for the bachelor's degree in education. The purpose of this co-concentration is to give you an intellectually expansive college experience.
You may choose from the following co-concentrations:
Literary, Media and Visual Arts
The Concentration in Literary, Media and Visual Arts develops students’ knowledge of areas such as literature, creative writing, journalism, communications, film studies, theater, art, art history, and music. Courses situate literary and cultural texts, artistic movements, and media institutions within their historical, political, and cultural contexts, thus providing students with strong analytical and interpretive skills that will allow them to conceptualize social issues relevant to both the workplace and the world. This concentration is particularly well suited for students interested in careers or graduate school in writing, communications, publishing, museum studies, library science, law, education, and the arts. Total credits required: 32 (at least 20 must be completed in residence in the IAS Department)
History, Politics and Society
Courses in this concentration examine expressions of traditional, popular, and world cultures from the perspectives of anthropology, cultural studies, economics, gender studies, history, literary studies, philosophy, political theory, psychology and sociology. This concentration is particularly well suited for students interested in a well-rounded Liberal Arts education, which may lead to work in law, politics, education or the arts, among many other possibilities. Upon successful completion of this concentration, students will be able to interpret and analyze cultural, historical and political texts and investigate the institutions and legacies that continue to shape our understanding of culture and society today. Total credits required: 32 (at least 20 must be completed in residence in the IAS Department)
The knowledge base for this concentration includes applications of psychology, anthropology, sociology, statistics, criminal justice and public health. Courses encompass social policy, history, human rights, epidemiology, community action and casework, social research, and counseling. A global perspective is fostered throughout the curriculum. Students learn to apply a social change perspective to working and advocating effectively within diverse, urban communities. Students who successfully complete the concentration are prepared to work in various fields, including public service, community-based education, entry-level social work or human resources, in the disabilities field, and many other human services. Upon successful completion of this concentration, students will be prepared to enroll in professional studies in social work, law, public health, or psychology. Total credits required: 32 (at least 20 must be completed in residence in the IAS Department)
The Disabilities Studies concentration incorporates intersecting perspectives from the social sciences, humanities, science, social policy and the law. It takes the perspective that disability is not inherent in the individual as a deficit, but rather, comprises a set of physical and social barriers that limit the experiences of certain individuals. This concentration is designed to prepare students for work as insightful educators, as services providers, for work in community-based agencies, and as advocates for people with disabilities. Total credits required: 32 (at least 20 must be completed in residence in the IAS Department)
This concentration draws upon the fields of anthropology, literature, history, psychology, education, law, sociology and the natural sciences. Upon successful completion of the concentration, students will be able to use multiple disciplines to examine critical issues in the field, including health, education, disability, nutrition/obesity, law, the environment, human rights, and public policy. Total credits required: 32 (at least 20 must be completed in residence in the IAS Department.
Each of these concentrations require the following courses:
IAS 24200, IAS 23304, SPAN 22504
Each concentration also requires two Foundation courses specific to that discipline.
3. Early Childhood Education Courses
Only students who have been accepted into the program as Early Childhood Education majors may register for courses listed after EDCE 20604 and EDCE 20614.
Teaching Methods Core: ALL TEACHING METHODS COURSES REQUIRE FIELDWORK
Early Childhood 1: Theories of Development Applied to Early Childhood Practice
Early Childhood 2: Development, Assessment, Teaching and Learning in Inclusive Settings
School, Family, Community
Language Development and Emergent Literacy 1
How Children Learn Math (prerequisites: MATH 18004 & MATH 18504)
Language and Literacy 2: Emergent to Fluent Literacy
Social Studies in Early Childhood Settings
Facilitating Children's Artistic Development
Facilitating Children's Musical Development
Science Methods in Early Childhood Education
Student Teaching and Seminar in Early Childhood Education
Subtotal: 34 credits