Childhood education is the instruction of children in grades 1-6. Elementary school is a critical time to instill a love of learning and foster positive social experiences. Great teachers ignite an interest in children of all abilities and prepare them for academic success and a lifetime of learning.
Why Choose Childhood Education?
Teachers play a crucial role in the lives of developing children. They support their educational needs, but, equally as important, elementary school teachers serve as mentors, advocates, and guides for their students. Becoming a childhood education teacher is one of the most challenging but rewarding professions you can pursue because it gives you the ability to impact lives for generations.
Manhattan’s TEAC-accredited Childhood Education program provides students with the academic and practical skills to succeed in the classroom. The program leads to certification in teaching all subjects for grades 1–6 in a regular education elementary school classroom. Upon declaring your major, you will choose an academic concentration from these options:
- General Science
- General Studies
- Social Studies
Once you successfully complete all requirements in the Childhood Education program, as well as pass all NYS-mandated exams, you will be recommended for New York State initial certification to become an elementary school teacher.
What Will You Learn?
You will graduate from this program with an ability to understand the core principles of childhood education, including:
- current issues in education
- the process of becoming an educator
- content knowledge
- child development
- instructional strategies
- assessment strategies
- data driven decision making
- historical and philosophical foundations of education
- implications of the multicultural nature of schools
- differentiating instruction for special needs populations
- the role of technology in the teaching and learning process
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