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The eight majors in the Teacher Education Department (TED) are designed to provide students with a strong foundation in teacher preparation and to also give students substantial background in the liberal arts and sciences.

Early Childhood Education (ECE) Program 

Majors:  ECI and ECP

The Early Childhood Education Program offers students the choice of a major focusing on infants and toddlers from birth to age three (ECI Major) or preschool to 2nd grade, children ages 3 to 8 (ECP Major). Coursework in each ECE major includes a progression of ECE courses that cover a wide range of knowledge and skills needed to prepare students to become assistant teachers in childcare, Head Start, nursery and pre-kindergarten programs, and public and private elementary schools.  In addition, a large percentage of BMCC early childhood majors choose to continue their academic work at senior colleges in order to become head teachers with initial New York State certification (Birth to 2nd grade). Our ECE program has articulation agreements with several CUNY senior schools and with New York University. Upon completion of the program requirements in either the ECI or the ECP major, an Associate of Science (A.S.) in Early Childhood Education degree is awarded.

Childhood Education Program   

Majors: EDU and EDB

The Childhood Education Programs offer students a solid foundation in the liberal arts and sciences, as well as several educational foundation courses.  These courses provide beginning preparation for later studies at a senior college with the ultimate goal of obtaining initial New York State certification for elementary school teachers (first through sixth grades).  Students in the Childhood Education Programs will need to continue their academic work at a senior college after completing their Associate degree at BMCC to obtain a bachelors degree along with other state requirements to become a certified teacher.  At BMCC, there are two majors in the Childhood Education Programs, the EDU Major (1-6th grade elementary education) and the EDB Major (1-6th grade elementary education with a Bilingual Education extension).  Students who are fluent in Spanish, Mandarin, or Haitian Creole are encouraged to consider the EDB major.  Our Childhood Education Programs have articulation agreements with several CUNY senior colleges and is jointly registered with the Childhood and Bilingual Childhood programs at The City College of New York (CCNY).  Upon completion of the program requirements in either the EDU or the EDB major, an Associate in Arts (A.A.) in Liberal Arts is awarded.

Note for Non-Majors and Liberal Arts Majors: All childhood education foundations courses may be taken as electives by students who wish to continue in teacher education at a four-year college but who are not enrolled in either of the BMCC childhood education degree majors. In addition, for Liberal Arts Majors, childhood education foundations courses can be taken to fulfill the Liberal Arts career credit requirements.

Secondary Education Program 

Majors: SEM, SEB, SEC, SEP

The Secondary Education Program offers students a solid foundation in the liberal arts and sciences, as well as educational foundations and subject concentration courses. The Secondary Education Program offers students the choice of a major focusing in four teaching subject areas: Secondary Mathematics Education (SEM Major), Secondary Biology Education (SEB Major), Secondary Chemistry Education (SEC Major) and Secondary Physics Education (SEP).  The courses in all four secondary education majors provide beginning preparation for later studies at a senior college, with the ultimate goal of obtaining initial New York State certification for secondary school teachers (in the specific subject concentration of Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry or Physics).  Students in the Secondary Education Program will need to continue their academic work at a senior college after completing their degree at BMCC and to obtain a BA degree, along with other state requirements, to become a certified teacher.  Our Secondary Education Program has an articulation agreement with Lehman College within CUNY.  Upon completion of the program requirements in either SEM, SEB, SEC or the SEP major, an Associate of Science (A.S.) in Secondary Education degree is awarded.

Note for Non-Majors and Liberal Arts Majors: All secondary education foundations courses may be taken as electives by students who wish to continue in teacher education at a four-year college but who are not enrolled in any of the BMCC secondary education degree majors. In addition, for Liberal Arts Majors, secondary education foundations courses can be taken to fulfill the Liberal Arts career credit requirements.

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