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

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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
Lauterbach, Mark Assistant Professor, Undergraduate Deputy 718.951.5000 x3762 2401 James Hall markl @ brooklyn.cuny.edu Contact the department for hours and appointments


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.

We do not accept students for a 2nd Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education. Students who hold a bachelor's degree but not in early childhood should apply for our Option C (45-credit) Graduate Early Childhood Program.

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; 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: Early Childhood and Art Education 3001, Health and Nutrition Sciences 2170, or Puerto Rican Latino Studies 4410; Communication Arts, Sciences, and Disorders 1114; Mathematics 1006, [C- is acceptable for Mathematics 1006]; Mathematics 1401, or a mathematics course higher than MATH 1401; Mathematics 1406; and General Science 3050 (17-18 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, and 4001 (37 credits).

The department Chair may allow substitutions for one or more of these requirements consistent with the educational goals of the program

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, has
3. Earned a GPA of 2.80 or higher.
4. Obtained fingerprint clearance with DOHMH NYC Department of Investigation and/or NYC DOE:
* First, create a NY.gov TEACH Account: (http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/teach/);
* Then, go to IDENTOGO website (https://uenroll.identogo.com) and provide code: 14ZGQT.
To continue as a matriculated undergraduate EC student and register for ECAE courses, a student must have met the following requirements:

1. Passed the ECAE department Math Proficiency Exam with a score of 80% or higher (pre-requisite for Math 1401)
2. Provide proof of fingerprint clearance with both DOHMH NYC Department of Investigation and NYC DOE
3. Take the following NYS EC Certification exams at the specified transition points:
* The Educating All Students (EAS) at the end of ECAE 3102 and 3108.
* 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 ECAE 3106/Math 1406).
* The CST students with disabilities exam at the end of ECAE 3109 and 4020.

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. 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.