B.A. degree program for early childhood education teacher (birth-grade 2)
HEGIS code 0823
NYS SED program code 26737

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 is a writing-intensive major program.
Program requirements
Completion of the B.A. degree with a major in early childhood education qualifies students to apply for New York State initial teacher certification (birth through grade 2).

To obtain New York State initial teacher certification in early childhood education all required State examinations must be passed. 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 CUNY Pathways 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 meet with an adviser in the Early Childhood Education and Art Education Department: American studies; anthropology and archaeology; art; children's studies; classics; 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; urban sustainability; women's and gender studies. (Additional concentrations may be offered).

Students must also complete the following courses and their corequisites and prerequisites, with a C or higher: Psychology 3240 or Health and Nutrition Sciences 2170; Speech 1114; Mathematics 1021 and 1401, or a mathematics course at an equivalent level such as Mathematics 1201 or higher, and Mathematics 1406; and General Science 3050 (16-17 credits).

In addition, students must complete the following pedagogical courses: Early Childhood and Art Education 2003, 2004, 3101, 3102, 3103, 3104, 3105, 3106, 3107, 3108, 3109, 4020 and 4001 (43 credits).

Each Early Childhood and Art Education course must be completed with a grade of C or higher and a grade point average of 2.80 or higher in liberal arts and sciences courses.

To be accepted into the early childhood education program, a student must have met the following requirements:
1. Completed English 1010 and 1020, with a C or better.
2. Completed at least 40 credits in liberal arts and sciences courses with a GPA of 2.80 or higher.
3. Passed the ECAE department Math proficiency exam with a score of 80% or higher (pre-requisite for Math 1401).
4. Immunizations must be up-to-date and Tuberculosis Skin Test must be completed.
5. Finger printing must be completed and cleared.

To be accepted into student teaching in early childhood education (ECAE 4001) a student must have met the following requirements:
1. Completed all required Early Childhood and Art Education courses with a grade point average of 3.00 or higher.
2. Completed at least 60 credits in liberal arts and sciences courses and concentration courses with a grade point average of 2.80 or higher.

Note: A student who received a grade lower than a B in student-teaching must apply to the ECAE chairperson for permission to reregister for student teaching. Students will be allowed to repeat an ECAE course (including student teaching) only once.
To be recommended to New York State for certification, students must pass the required NYS teacher certification exams: CST-multi-subject exam, the Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST), the Educating All Students test (EAS) and the Teacher Performance Assessment (EdTPA), which involves submitting video clips of teaching, lesson plans, and other assessment material.