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B.S. in Early Childhood Education (Birth - Grade 2)

Early Childhood EducationThis four-year initial teaching certification program prepares you to nurture and teach infants, toddlers and preschoolers and children in primary grade settings (kindergarten through second grade). The Early Childhood Program offers you the opportunity to contribute to a strong foundation during a child’s formative years.

Grounded in the social constructivist approach to early care and education, students in the Early Childhood Program develop a view of young children as meaning-makers, problem solvers and theory builders who are proactive in constructing their schema of the world. With the goal of creating critical, multicultural and democratic contexts, teacher candidates strengthen their awareness of children’s literacies, languages, layers of identity and universal modes of learning so that they can fully support them as learners.

Through civic engagement and field practica at day care centers, camps, pre-schools and public and private schools, teacher candidates are challenged to pursue an in-depth inquiry of questions such as “How do children learn?”; “How do early childhood learning environments support children’s investigations?”; and “In what ways do teachers generate and shape curriculum to reflect the questions and interests of young children?” As part of the transformative experience of becoming teachers, Early Childhood majors conceptualize ways to create contexts that honor diversity, encourage invention and inquiry, and create opportunities to teach to individual differences.

Undergraduates seeking teacher certification in Early Childhood Education (Birth to Grade 2) must select a Liberal Arts and Sciences concentration from one of the following areas of study:

 

American Studies Earth System Science English Literature English Writing
French Geography History Italian
Mathematics Philosophy Political Science Psychology
Science Social Studies Sociology Spanish

 

After you complete the degree requirements and successfully pass all certification tests (LAST, ATS-W and CSTs), you will be awarded Initial Teaching Certification by the New York State Department of Education in Early Childhood Education (Birth to Grade 2).

The Early Childhood Education degree is a joint program between LIU Post’s College of Education, Information and Technology and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The teacher-education programs in LIU Post's Department of Curriculum and Instruction are nationally accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC), ensuring you receive the highest quality instruction.