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ECE Program Philosophy and Description

Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Center for Worker Education

ECE Program Philosophy and Description

Our program is a New York State-approved teacher education program. Teacher candidates who successfully complete all required coursework, fieldwork, student teaching, and teacher certification examinations are awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education and are recommended by the School of Education for New York State Teacher Certification (Birth-8).

Students are first admitted to City College as pre-majors, and then apply for admission to the ECE Program after (1) passing a set of required courses at the mandated academic standard, (2) passing the School of Education Admission Test (SEAT), and (3) passing a verbal and written admission interview. The GPA requirement for admission to the program is 2.8.

The ECE Program curriculum requires students to take General Education courses, a liberal arts co-concentration, and teaching methods courses. Fieldwork is a required part of every education course, and is considered an essential component of coursework. Our program is a clinical program that culminates in a semester-long student teaching internship that includes two different early childhood placements that are each seven weeks long.

Once a student is admitted to the ECE Program, she or he is considered a teacher candidate. The ECE Program curriculum is designed to support and challenge our teacher candidates to become reflective teacher-practitioners. We expect program participants to:

*be knowledgeable about young children's development in and across all domains
*understand how to observe and record children's behavior
*be capable of responding to the needs of diverse learners, including children with special needs
*design learning experiences for young children based on observations of and interactions with children, their interactions with them, and to deeply reflect about both
*value the diversity of children, families, and colleagues
*make ethical and responsible decisions that prioritize the safety and well-being of children
*conduct themselves as professionals and work respectfully and collegially with others


DEA/July 2013