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


These requirements will become effective as of Fall 2017 semester.
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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 must be exempt from the speech course requirement.

In addition to fulfilling the CUNY Pathways requirements, students must complete a liberal arts and sciences concentration (30 credits) or have a second major. Specific requirements apply for each concentration and major. 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 and youth 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 and majors may be offered).

Students must also complete the following courses and their co-requisites and pre-requisites, with a C or higher: Psychology 3240 or Health and Nutrition Sciences 2170; Speech 1114; Mathematics 1021 and 1010, [C- is acceptable for Mathematics 1021 or 1010], Mathematics 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).

It is required that students take both Mathematics 1010 and Mathematics 1021 concurrently.

In addition, students must complete the following pedagogical courses: Early Childhood and Art Education 2003, 2004, 3101, 3102, 3103, 3104, 3105, 3106, 3107, 3108, and 4001 (33 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 1012, 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) and passed the department Literacy exam.
4. Immunizations must be up-to-date.
5. DOI and/or DOE Finger printing must be completed and cleared.

To continue as a matriculated undergraduate EC student, the following NYS exams are required at the specified transition points:
1. Passed the Educating All Students (EAS) at the end of ECAE 3102 and 3108.
2. Passed the CST Multiple Subject-EC exams one semester prior to student teaching (we recommend students take the 3 different sections of the exam in this sequence: CST Arts & Sciences at the end of ECAE 3105; CST-EC Literacy at the end of ECAE 3104; and CST-EC Math at the end of Math 1406).

To be accepted into student-teaching in the dual early childhood/teaching students with disabilities in early childhood (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.
Throughout student-teaching, students complete and submit their final NYS certification exam, the Teacher Performance Assessment (EdTPA), which involves submitting video clips of teaching, lesson plans, and commentaries on planning, instruction and assessment.
Students not seeking certification must schedule a meeting with the Undergraduate Early Childhood Advisor or Undergraduate EC Coordinator to set up an alternative transition point plan during their initial semester.