Children need dedicated teachers, helping them get a good start in their educational and social development. The role is especially vital as not all children have the support they need at home–teachers can truly make the difference in a child’s future success or failure.
The Childhood Education Program offers a liberal arts degree that prepares you to continue in a teacher education program at a senior college in order to become certified in Childhood Education (first through sixth grades). The program is designed for a seamless transfer to the teacher education program at City College.
After meeting BMCC/CCNY requirements (minimum of 2.5 GPA, completion of all courses in the curriculum with grades of C or above, an interview with City College School of Education faculty, and a passing score on the LAST or City College SEAT), students in this jointly registered program are accepted at the School of Education at City College where they can complete the Bachelors of Science in Education and apply for initial teaching certification for first through sixth grades. In addition to meeting general education requirements for education majors at the four-year college level, the Childhood Education program offers transferable courses in education. Students will participate in classrooms for elementary school-age children as part of their coursework.
BMCC is committed to students’ long-term success and will help you explore professional opportunities. Undecided? No problem. The college offers Career Coach for salary and employment information, job postings and a self-discovery assessment to help students find their academic and career paths. Visit Career Express to make an appointment with an advisor, search for jobs or sign-up for professional development activities with the Center for Career Development. Students can also visit the Office of Internships and Experiential Learning to gain real world experience in preparation for a four-year degree and beyond. These opportunities are available to help BMCC students build a foundation for future success.
Childhood Education Academic Program Maps
Required Common Core
- Basic cellular structure, tissue organization, physiological process, reproduction, and genetics are studied. Special attention is given to selected zoological specimens with particular emphasis upon man.
- This course focuses on children's physical, cognitive, linguistic and socio-emotional development, and the related implications for learning. Within the context of race, class and culture, the following topics are explored in depth: the nature of intelligence, gender identity, attachment and other psychosocial attributes (typical and atypical). Students participate in a minimum of 15 hours of course-related fieldwork.
Prerequisites: PSY 100
- This course provides an overview of the social context of schooling within the diversity of American society. It focuses on the historical, philosophical, social, and political foundations of education, especially in urban settings. The following topics are explored in depth: the notion of schooling, multicultural education, tracking, funding, school reform, and issues of inequality and privilege. Students participate in a minimum of 15 hours of course-related fieldwork.
Prerequisite: EDU 201 or EDS 201
- This course is an introduction to the theories, methods and materials for integrating visual arts into the elementary school curriculum. Through reading, writing, and viewing of visual art and participation in hands-on studio projects, student will explore the intellectual and emotional importance of expressing creativity through visual art.
- 3 CRS.3 HRS.NULL LAB HRS.Western Civilization: The Emergence of the Modern World
- This course traces the growth of the modern Western world to the present. It surveys the political, economic and social foundations of contemporary civilization.
- This course covers the second half of the mathematics recommended by NCTM for prospective elementary school teachers, including probability, statistics, plane and transformational geometry, congruence, and similarity. This course meets the mathematics requirements ... for students in the ECE program. Students who have taken MAT 150 may not receive credit for this course.
Prerequisite: MAT 214
- Students are advised to take MAT214.
- No more than two courses in any discipline or interdisciplinary field can be used to satisfy Flexible Core requirements.
- Students are advised to take SPE 100 and another appropriate Creative Expression course.
- Students are advised to take a Modern Language course.
- Students are advised to take PSY 100.
- These credits can be satisfied by taking STEM variants in the Common Core.