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Program Philosophy

The Graduate Programs in Early Childhood Education prepare teachers to meet national standards of excellence in teaching and to develop the necessary skills and knowledge to understand and nurture children’s learning.  Graduates learn to support children’s understandings of the world through inquiry and active learning and to create environments that build on children's varied strengths and cultural wealth.

The programs emphasize deep knowledge of human development, learning processes, instructional strategies, and subject matter.  All courses utilize technology and focus on how teaching, learning, and assessment connect.  Special attention is given to how issues of diversity – of culture, language, family, and learning styles – can best be used to positively impact schools and schooling in urban settings.

Program faculty are scholars and practitioners, researchers and teachers who are dedicated to continually expanding their knowledge of teaching and learning.  They work closely with educators in the public schools of New York City to provide rich fieldwork and student teaching experiences that enable program participants to combine educational theory with practice. 

The programs lead to New York State certification as a teacher of children birth -2nd grade.

Program Features: 

  • Child-Centered Curriculum
  • Field-Based Experiences
  • Reflective Practice
  • Respect for Diversity
  • Performance-based Assessments
  • Professional Accountability

The Graduate Programs in Early Childhood Education are nationally recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) as part of The School of Education's national accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

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Folakemi Williams
Program Director 

North Academic Center
160 Convent Avenue
New York, New York 10031

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