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B.A. in Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 2)

127-132 total credit hours required.

Contact Person:
Kathleen M. Valentine, Program Coordinator 112A Satterlee, (315) 267-3314,

Because of the new combined program, this program is no longer accepting new students.

Each course in the Early Childhood Education major must be completed with a 2.0 or higher. The Early Childhood Education major must be completed with an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher to be allowed to student teach. (Note: General Education designators are indicated in parentheses.)

Education Major
41 credit hours required
All courses are 3 credits unless noted. Credits are divided as follows:

Required Courses
EDLS 201
Principles of Education (prerequisite to the following education
EDUC 305 Early Childhood Development and Learning

Professional Block I

EDLS 306 Early Childhood Literacy I
EDUC 302 Early Childhood Practicum I (1 credit)
EDUC 303 Learning Through Sensory and Creative Experiences
EDUC 304 Care and Education of Young Children with Special Needs

Professional Block II

EDUC 402 Early Childhood Practicum II (2 credits)
EDUC 404 Building School/Home Partnerships
EDUC 405
Early Childhood Curriculum: Integrated Math, Science, Social
EDUC 406 Early Childhood Literacy II

Student Teaching Semester

EDUC 417 Student Teaching Internship I: Pre-K or K (6 credits)
EDUC 418 Student Teaching Internship II: Grades 1 or 2 (6 credits)
EDLS 420
Student Teaching Issues Seminar: Issues and Ideas in Early
Childhood Education (2 credits)

Certification Requirements
  1. New York State Teacher Certification Exams required for Initial certification: LAST, ATS-W and CST (multi-subject)
  2. Fingerprinting Clearance

Arts and Sciences Concentration
71-74 credit hours, plus 4 PE activities. All courses in the arts and sciences concentration must be completed with a 2.0 or higher.

Please note: General Education requirements can be met by your choices in this section. Choices could yield need for additional required credits. Seek guidance from your adviser.


COMP 101 Writing and Critical Thinking (4 credits)
LITR 100 Introduction to Literature
COMM 106 Basic Principles of Speech


Students interested in the math specialization, major or minor, should contact the Department of Mathematics prior to registering for the following courses:
MATH 101 Mathematics for Elementary Education I
MATH 102 Mathematics for Elementary Education II
MATH 125 Probability and Statistics I (FM)


BIOL 125 Biological Concepts
GEOL 125 Cycles of Nature
Plus one of the following
PHYS 100 Physical Science
CHEM 125 Matter and Energy

For students planning to pursue a science specialization in physics, PHYS101 College Physics is a recommended alternative to PHYS100 or CHEM 125.

Social Science/History

GEOG 350 World/U.S. Geography (4 credits)
HIST 100 World History
HIST 201 U.S. History to 1877
HIST 202 U.S. History Since 1877

Fine Arts I: one of the following

ARTH 100 Idea and Image
ARTH 101 Survey of Art: Ancient to Renaissance
ARTH 102 Survey of Art: Renaissance to Modern
DANC 100 Mind of the Artist (4 credits)
DRAM 100 Mind of the Artist (4 credits)
DRAM 101 Introduction to Performance Studies
DRAM 208 Orientation to Theater
DRAM 210 Play Analysis & Interpretation
DRAM 312 History of Theatre I
DRAM 313 History of Theatre II
MULH 101 Crane Live

Fine Arts II: one of the following

ARTS 109 Introductory Studio Art (4 credits)
ARTS 110 Drawing I (4 credits)
ARTS 120 Color and Design (4 credits)
DANC 302 Dance Education & Performance (4 credits)
DRAM 235 Acting I
DRAM 463 Theatre for Young Audiences
DRAM 464 Applied Theatre


PSYC 220 Child Development
PSYC 350 Educational Psychology


HLTH 230 School Health (CA, SAVE, 2 credits)

Liberal Arts Electives

At least 3 elective credits must be an upper-division course for those in the following specializations: English, math, biology, chemistry or physics.

Modern Language (ML) Requirement or Liberal Arts Elective

Note: If ML has been satisfied, 9 credits of liberal arts elective credits must be selected.

Physical Education Requirements

PE 148 Cooperative Activities (1 credit)
3 additional PE courses
Note: These are not considered academic credits and are therefore, not listed in the credit totals above.

Specialization Areas
15-17 credit hours

Select one of the following Specialization Areas. Contact the Department of the specialization area of your choice to declare, be assigned a specialization area adviser and select appropriate courses. Each course in the specialization area must be completed with a 2.0 or higher.

The GPA for the specialization area (including courses in the Arts and Sciences Concentration that are in the specialization discipline) must be 2.5 or higher to be allowed to complete the Early Childhood Education Program and enroll in student teaching.

English Specialization:
one of the following

LITR 200 Literary Traditions
LITR 201 Patterns of Literature
One of the following

COMP 201 Intermediate Writing (4 credits)
COMP 202 Creative Writing (4 credits)
Plus all of the following
LITR 322 Children?s Literature
LITR One 300-level LITR course
One Upper Division non-Literature Elective: LNGS, COMP or COMM (3-4 credits)

Mathematics Specialization

MATH 151 Calculus I (4 credits)
MATH 152 Calculus II (4 credits)
MATH 340 Set Theory and Logic
MATH 375 Linear Algebra I
MATH Upper Division Elective (chosen under advisement)

Biology Specialization

BIOL 152 General Biology II (4 credits)
BIOL 300 Ecology
BIOL 311 Genetics (4 credits)
BIOL Upper Division Electives (5 credits)

Chemistry Specialization

CHEM 105 General Chemistry I (4 credits)
CHEM 106 General Chemistry II (4 credits)
Plus at least 9 credits from the following
CHEM 301 Fundamentals of Environmental Science
CHEM 304 Chemistry Lab Techniques (1-3 credits)
CHEM 311 Quantitative Analysis (4 credits)
CHEM 315 Forensic Science
CHEM 341 Organic Chemistry I (4 credits)
CHEM 342 Organic Chemistry II (4 credits)

Geology Specialization:
one of the following

GEOL 102 Ancient Life
GEOL 104 Historical Geology
Plus 12 credits from the following
GEOL 301 Sedimentology-Paleontology-Stratigraphy I (4 credits)
GEOL 302 Sedimentology-Paleontology-Stratigraphy II (4 credits)
GEOL 311 Mineralogy (4 credits)
GEOL 405 Structural and Field Geology (4 credits)
GEOL 406 Hydrology
GEOL 407 Geophysics
GEOL 409 Seismology and Plate Tectonics
GEOL 420 Geochemistry
GEOL 421 Environmental Geology Problems
GEOL 480 Geology Research

Physics Specialization:
one of the following

PHYS 111 Laser and Light
PHYS 130 Music Acoustics
Plus all of the following
PHYS 202 College Physics II (4 credits)
PHYS 330 Meteorology
PHYS 335 Astronomy
Plus one of the following
PHYS 325 Energy and the Environment
GEOL 407 Geophysics
CHEM 301 Fundamentals of Environmental Science
CHEM 315 Forensic Science

Social Science/History Specialization

HIST 379 History of New York State
Upper Division Elective in U.S. Political Institutions (3-4 credits)
Upper Division Elective in European or U.S. History
Upper Division Elective in Third World History
Upper Division Liberal Arts Elective (History/Social Science)