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Childhood Education (Grades 1-6)

Program Overview

Elmira College’s Childhood Education certification program is designed for candidates who wish to teach diverse learners in grades 1-6 elementary school classrooms.  Candidates enrolled in the program complete an approved academic content major or concentration and fulfill all required Teacher Education (pedagogical core) course requirements.  During a freshman-level (first-year) Fieldwork course, candidates work with diverse learners (including students with disabilities) in area high-need schools.  Also, candidates complete two Student Teaching experiences where they develop and deliver compelling lessons, assess students’ academic performance, reflect on their teaching decisions, and seek opportunities for professional development and growth.  

Upon completion of program requirements and New York State teacher certification exams, candidates are eligible for institutional recommendation for New York State initial teaching certification in Childhood Education Grades 1-6.  They also have the option to pursue dual initial certification in Childhood Education Grades 1-6 and Students with Disabilities Grades 1-6.                   

Program Learning Outcomes

Childhood Education Course Listing

PSY 1010 Introductory Psychology (3 credits)
EDU 1010 Foundations of Education (3 credits)
PED 1162 Physical Education for the Classroom Teacher (1.5 credits)
EDU 1920 Introductory Fieldwork and Seminar in Education (3 credits)
PSY 2060 Child and Adolescent Psychology (3 credits)
EDU 2020 Teaching Students with Disabilities in the Inclusive Classroom (3 credits)
EDU 3335 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in Childhood Education: Social Studies and the Arts (W course) (3 credits)
EDU 3345 Literacy Acquisition and Development for Preschool and Elementary School Learners (3 credits)
EDU 3355 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in Childhood Education: Mathematics, Science and Technology (3 credits)
EDU 3365 Teaching Literacy in the Elementary Schools (3 credits)
EDU 3935 Student Teaching I and Seminar: Childhood Education (5 credits)
EDU 3955 Literacy Intervention and Enrichment: Childhood Education (1 credit)
EDU 4395 Student Teaching II and Seminar: Childhood Education (12 credits)

Academic Major or Concentration

(For required coursework in approved majors, see the specific major listed in the Bulletin)
 English Literature
Social Studies
(For required coursework in concentrations, see “Listing of Approved Concentrations for Childhood Education” in the Bulletin)
English Literature
Social Studies
Visual and Performing Arts

Additional Certification Requirements

Students must fulfill the following additional requirements in order to obtain New York State initial teacher certification in Childhood Education Grades 1-6:

For further information regarding these requirements, please refer to the latest versions of the Checklist for Teacher Education Candidates (available in the Teacher Education Department, McGraw Hall, room 20) and the Elmira College Bulletin.  

Optional Middle School Extension

Childhood Education candidates may pursue a Middle School Extension to teach a subject area in grades 7 through 9.  For more information about the extension, consult the most recent Elmira College Bulletin or click here.