Department of Teaching and Learning

Childhood Education

BS in Childhood Education and Childhood Special Education, Grades 1-6, Initial Certification

Make Education Accessible for All Learners

This dual-certification bachelor of science program leads to eligibility for New York State initial teaching certification in Childhood Education and Childhood Special Education for Grades 1-6. You'll gain hands-on experience by student teaching in New York City schools, collaborating with families and other education professionals to teach children with varying capacities and needs. Graduates will be prepared for certification as a childhood education teacher as well as a special education teacher, enabling you to teach in general, inclusive, or self-contained education settings. 

A dual-certification BS in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education (Birth-Grade 2) is also available. 

What you'll learn

See the curriculum and requirements for this bachelor's degree. 

How you'll learn

A Focus on How Children Learn and Develop
This is an urban-centered, field-based program designed to give you a thorough command of an integrated curriculum grounded in a deep understanding of how children grow and develop. You will gain mastery of the content areas of the elementary school curriculum, and through practical field experiences and student teaching, learn to create and adapt learning environments that allow all children to reach their maximum potential.  

Strong Emphasis on Liberal Arts
The liberal arts core of this bachelor's program, and the 30-point liberal arts concentration required by New York State for teacher certification, ensure that you will receive the best possible training to be a teacher. For your liberal arts concentration, you can choose from such areas as history, psychology, literacy, science, and many other offerings in NYU's College of Arts and Sciences. Through NYU Steinhardt, you will take course work on human development, educational foundations, and inquiry-based education. 

Study Abroad
As a student in our program, you'll have the unique opportunities to study in London, UK, and Accra, Ghana. We offer the required course Human Development through NYU London and NYU-Accra for teacher-education students. The course includes weekly observations in British or Ghanaian schools and classrooms for first-hand learning in the local context. You'll typically combine this course with three liberal arts electives for an unforgettable semester-long experience. You may also spend a semester abroad at one of NYU's many other study abroad sites.

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For more information about this bachelor's program, please contact

Joan Rosenberg
Program Director
East Building, 2nd Floor
239 Greene Street
New York, NY 10003