Early Childhood Education
This program prepares majors to work with children from birth to eight years old. At the end of the program, majors will have the skills to act in the best interest of the children in their care. This includes effective interaction with parents, families and professionals involved in the care and education of children. The majors in this program will be able to identify developmentally appropriate programs and foster the implementation of best teaching practices for a daycare, preschool, or elementary program. This program also emphasizes management and administration for those majors who seek careers in managing and directing child care centers.
Inclusive Elementary Education
This program prepares students to work in many different settings with children in grades one through six. Majors in this program will gain knowledge of developmental stages of a child to help with assessment of abilities, as well as how to create and implement developmentally appropriate teaching methods using best practices. Majors will be able to create curricula for their classes based on state standards and learning objectives that are creative, interactive, and that utilize technology through classroom instruction, classroom observation and student teaching. In addition, these majors will also gain the knowledge of how to incorporate all children into their classrooms and how to create individual education plans for children with disabilities. Students will be dual certified in elementary education and special education after completing the New York State Certification exams.