Dual certification for early childhood education teacher & teaching students with disabilities in early childhood
HEGIS code 0823
NYS SED program code 27988

Program/Department Advisers

Office Hours
COLTHIRST, CHRISTINE UG Advisor (Early Childhood) 718-951-5205 2309 James Hall ccolthirs @ brooklyn.cuny.edu Call Early Childhood Dept. (x5205) for hours


Early childhood education teacher is a writing-intensive major program.
Program requirements
Completion of the B.A. degree with a major in early childhood education qualifies students to receive New York State initial teacher certification (birth through grade 2). Students who meet additional requirements will qualify for dual certification in early childhood education and in teaching students with disabilities in early childhood. Students majoring in the early childhood education teacher program are expected to have satisfied the foreign language requirement in high school and must be exempt from assignment to a speech course.

In addition to fulfilling the Core Curriculum requirements, students must complete a liberal arts and sciences concentration (30 credits). Specific requirements apply for each concentration. Students should consult separate listings for the following departments and programs and should also consult with an adviser in the Office of Student Advisement in the School of Education: American studies; anthropology and archaeology; art; children's studies; classics; environmental studies; English; general science; health and nutrition sciences; history; Judaic studies; mathematics; modern languages and literatures (including Chinese, French, Italian, Russian, Spanish); music; philosophy; political science; psychology; Puerto Rican and Latino studies; sociology; theater; women's studies. (Additional concentrations may be offered.)

Students must also complete the following courses and their corequisites and prerequisites: Psychology 3240 or Health and Nutrition Sciences 2170; Speech 1114; Mathematics 1401, or a mathematics course numbered 3 or higher and a passing score on a Mathematics Department proficiency examination; General Science 2040 or 2010 or 2020 or 2030 or 2050; Mathematics 1406; and General Science 3050 (21-22 credits). In addition, students must complete the following pedagogical courses: Education 2001, 2002, 3101, 3102, 3103, 3104, 3105; 3106, 3107, 4020, and 4021 (33 credits).

Students wishing to obtain dual certification for early childhood education teacher and teaching students with disabilities in early childhood must complete Education 3108 and 3109 and their prerequisites as well as 50 hours of field experience and 150 hours of student teaching in settings for students with disabilities in early childhood education. Each education course must be completed with a grade of C or higher. Note: Students must present a G.P.A. of at least 3.00 in education courses prior to student teaching (Education 4020 and 4021.)