Aug 03, 2020  
Undergraduate Catalog 2019-2020 
Undergraduate Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Early Childhood Education, Birth-Grade 2 - BA

The Early Childhood, Birth through Grade 2 undergraduate teacher education program prepares students to become New York State certified teachers of early childhood education. This program is designed to prepare prospective teachers to serve as high-quality educators for students in urban schools and other childcare settings. Teacher candidates will take a specified sequence of education courses in addition to fulfilling the CUNY Common Core Requirement and the requirements of their liberal arts or sciences major. These programs include fieldwork in New York City Public schools. This is a 39-42 credit program in which students have an option to complete the course of study over four or six semesters.

Declaring the Major

Before you can declare a School of Education major as part of your bachelor’s degree, you must complete a group interview with faculty. Signing up for an interview can be done through the School of Education website. Current Hunter students can request an interview throughout the year.

Students interested in an Education program should interview as early as is possible in the semester prior to the one in which they plan to enroll. Transfer students should seek advisement about declaring a School of Education major as soon as they have been admitted to Hunter. 

The School of Education does not accept non-degree or second-degree students. Meeting minimum admission requirements does not guarantee entry into the program.

Requirements to Declare the Major

  1. Complete at least 30 credits toward the Bachelor’s degree. Students with more than 72 credits should consider pursuing Early Childhood Education at the graduate level.
  2. Attain a Hunter College Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or better.
  3. Evidence of advanced writing ability through a review of English composition and writing intensive coursework.
  4. Declare an appropriate liberal arts and sciences major either preceding admission or upon admission to the program.

Liberal Arts & Sciences Major Requirement

All students in School of Education programs must also declare a major in the School of Arts & Sciences. This major must lead to a BA degree.

See the School of Arts & Sciences   for more information on major options.

Academic Progress Standards

Students must meet the following criteria in order to continue in the program:

  • A minimum grade of C or better in all non-field courses (Courses can only be repeated once)
  • A minimum grade of B or better in all fieldwork courses. (Fieldwork courses can only be repeated once)
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
  • Complete 6 credits of study in a foreign language (or be exempt from the foreign language requirement) prior to the completion of ECC 30600: Language and Literacy for Children of Diverse Backgrounds, K-2
  • Complete Math 10400 (STEM) with a minimum grade of C prior to registering for ECC 31000: Mathematics in Early Childhood.
  • Follow the course sequence, which represents the required classes that Early Childhood students must take each semester. The courses for each semester must be completed successfully in that term.

School of Education Exit Standards

Students must meet the following criteria in order to graduate with a School of Education major or minor:

  • Have an overall GPA of at least 3.0
  • Complete the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) anti-bullying workshop.  The DASA workshop is required for all students in a NYS certification program at the School of Education. The workshop requires six clock hours of coursework or training.