Early Childhood and Childhood Education Minor

Program Requirements for ECCE Minor

The Department of Early Childhood and Childhood Education offers a 12 credit minor  track available to all students who wish to complete an ECCE minor, regardless of whether or not they will seek teaching certification in Early Childhood or Childhood Education. The 12 credit minor is open to all students.  

In addition, for students who wish to pursue NYS initial teaching certification, an additional two tracks are offered that lead to certification upon completion. These tracks are called Minor to Masters programs and students may apply once they have completed the 12 credit minor.

 

ECCE Minor:

 

12 Credits of 300-Level ECCE Coursework:

Credits
ECE 301The Child in Historical, Political and Sociocultural Contexts: Child Study and Development—Birth to Grade 6

3

ECE 302Children, Families, Communities, and Schools in Historical, Political and Sociocultural Contexts—Birth to Grade 6

3

ECE 304Foundations of Early Language and Literacy Development in Historical, Political and Sociocultural Contexts, Birth to Grade Two

3

ECE 311The Teaching Profession in Historical, Political and Sociocultural Contexts —Birth to Sixth Grade

3

 
NOTE: ECE 301, ECE 302, ECE 311: May be taken in any order; however, to register for ECE 304, students must declare the minor in Early Childhood and Childhood Education and have completed ECE 301.

Students Interested in Pursuing NYS Initial Teaching Certification

The Department of Early Childhood and Childhood Education offer two minor tracks that allow students to complete a minor in ECCE education as well as many of the prerequisites required for graduate programs that lead to NYS initial teaching certification:

Minor to Masters Track 1: Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) or Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) with a Bilingual Extension

Minor to Masters Track 2 Early Childhood Education or Early Childhood Education with a Bilingual Extension

These particular programs are referred to as "Minor to Masters" programs and offer qualified students the opportunity to earn both a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Science in Education degree in five and a half years. At the undergraduate level, students can meet many of the requirements for NYS teaching certification in childhood or in early childhood education while completing their bachelor's degree. Upon satisfactory completion of the minor, they may apply for a "fast track" 30 credit graduate program specifically designed for them that will lead to state teaching certification if they meet program continuation requirements.

Each Minor to Master's track is composed of the 12 credit ECCE minor, four 400 level courses (12 credits) completed during the senior year of the undergraduate program, 46-66 credits of NYS and college liberal arts requirements, and an academic major (variable credits). Students who complete these requirements at the undergraduate level and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA will be qualified to pursue a 30 credit graduate program in either Childhood Education with or without a Bilingual Extension or a 30 credit graduate program in Early Childhood Education with or without a Bilingual Extension.

Students must meet the following requirements to be admitted into a Minor to Masters program:

  • Completion of ECE 301, ECE 302, ECE 304 and ECE 311 with minimum 3.0 grade point average
  • Senior status with a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 for all undergraduate coursework,
  • Submission of SAT or ACT scores
  • Satisfactory completion of undergraduate 300 level minor courses and NY State liberal arts requirements,
  • Two letters of recommendation, one must be from the student’s ECE 304 instructor,
  • An interview with program faculty and an interview in Spanish for students who will be taking the bilingual extension,
  • An on-site writing sample in English, and
  • Completion of the College's general education requirements (30 credits) in the Liberal Arts and Sciences in at least five NYSED general core categories with a grade of C or better in each course. NOTE: Most of these requirements are met by completing courses that fulfill the College’s general education requirements; students must consult with ECCE program coordinators for approved courses in each area:

Required NYSED core liberal arts categories (all are required):

  • Written Expression: two courses in English (generally ENG 111 and ENG 121 or equivalent)
  • Math: Two courses in Mathematics approved by an ECCE program coordinator
  • Scientific Processes: Two courses in natural science
  • Concepts of Social Science & History: Two courses in the Social Sciences 

Optional NYSED liberal arts core categories (coursework in at least one optional category is required). NYSED optional core categories include: foreign language, artistic expression, humanities, communication, and information retrieval.

 

ECCE Minor to Masters Track 1: ECCE Minor for Students Interested in Pursuing Certification in Childhood Education or Childhood Education with a Bilingual Extension

Students who enroll in this track must complete 12 Credits of 400-Level ECCE Coursework in the senior year:

 
Credits
ECE 435Bilingualism for Classroom Teachers, Birth to Grade Six

3

ECE 427Methodology of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Birth to Grade Six

3

ECE 436The Young Child and the Arts, Birth to Grade 2

3

ECE 438The Young Child and Music, Birth to Grade 2

3

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ECCE Minor to Masters Track 2: Students Interested in Pursuing a Certification in Early Childhood Education or Early Childhood Education with a Bilingual Extension

Students who enroll in this track must complete 12 Credits of 400-Level ECCE Coursework in the senior year:

Credits
ECE 435Bilingualism for Classroom Teachers, Birth to Grade Six

3

ECE 427Methodology of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Birth to Grade Six

3

ECE 436The Young Child and the Arts, Birth to Grade 2

3

ECE 438The Young Child and Music, Birth to Grade 2

3

 

Early Childhood and Childhood Education Minor Prior to Fall 2020