Learn to teach children with varying capacities and needs in general, inclusive, or self-contained education settings through hands-on student teaching experience and collaboration with families and education professionals. Upon graduation, you will be eligible for New York State initial teaching certification in both Childhood Education and Childhood Special Education, grades 1–6.
Official Degree Title
A Focus on How Children Learn and Develop
You will gain a firm knowledge of how children grow and develop, with an emphasis on variability in development; a mastery of core liberal arts subjects, including mathematics, English/language arts, and social studies; and skills for creating rich, child-centered instructional environments, and for adapting those environments to meet the diverse needs of students.
A Strong Emphasis on Liberal Arts
The liberal arts core of this bachelor’s program ensures 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 others in NYU's College of Arts and Science. Through NYU Steinhardt, you will take course work on human development, educational foundations, and inquiry-based education.
You'll have the unique opportunity to take a Human Development course through NYU London or NYU Accra. The course includes weekly observations in British or Ghanaian schools and classrooms for firsthand 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.
Throughout your freshman and sophomore years, you will have opportunities to work in Grades 1–3 and Grades 4–6 settings, in both general education and special education, acquiring valuable teaching experience as you launch your professional career. In your junior year, you will have four student teaching experiences, supervised by a cooperating teacher at your school site and a member of our faculty.
You will graduate eligible for New York State initial teaching certification in both Childhood Education and Childhood Special Education for Grades 1–6. You’ll be prepared for a variety of careers, including:
- Lead or team teacher in general, inclusive, and special education settings
- Elementary school supervisor, counselor, psychologist, librarian, or administrator
- Curriculum specialist or staff developer in childhood education and childhood special education programs
- Resource room teacher, consulting teacher, itinerant teacher, or assistant teacher
- Social service agency caseworker
- Curriculum developer
- Inclusion coordinator
- After-school program director
- Children's book editor or children's television producer
Learn more about teacher certification and our accreditation.
If you have any additional questions about our degree, please feel free to contact program directors Mark Alter at firstname.lastname@example.org for Special Education and Heather Woodley for Childhood Education at email@example.com.
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