B.S. Childhood Education and Special Education (dual initial certification)
The 120-credit Bachelor of Science degree in Childhood Education and Special Education prepares you to become a knowledgeable, caring and inspiring teacher of children with and without disabilities who are in the first through sixth grades.
In pursuing your undergraduate degree, you will examine theories of child development, motivation and learning for youngsters ranging in age from 6 to 12 years old. You will master the skills needed to encourage students to learn new material and to take responsibility for themselves and one another. As you work toward this degree you will gain an understanding and appreciation of subjects ranging from science to music to language arts. You also will acquire techniques to assess and evaluate a child’s intellectual, social and physical development and learn the basic principles of classroom management for a diverse student population. Additionally, teacher candidates receive a vigorous course of study in the assessment and support of students with a variety of special needs. They learn about a variety of educational approaches to special educations as well as practical applications across different educational settings. The program will culminate in a semester-long student teaching experience that will allow you to practice your new skills in a classroom setting. This degree qualifies you for New York State Initial Teaching Certification and Special Education certification.
After you complete all degree requirements, successfully pass New York State Licensure tests (EAS, CST and edTPA) and you have completed all required teacher certification workshops, you will be awarded Initial teaching certification by the New York State Department of Education (NYSED) in Childhood Education and Special Education. Please refer to the NYSED certification website (www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/) for the most up to date changes in certification requirements.
The Childhood Education degree is a joint program between LIU Post’s College of Education, Information and Technology and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The teacher education programs in LIU Post's Department of Teaching and Learning are nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
The following are the admission requirements for the B.S. in Childhood Education (Grade 1-6)
Incoming freshmen must have a solid B average (3.0 or 82-85 grade point average) and an average SAT score of 1000 (Critical Reading and Math combined) or ACT Composite of 20 or above.
Transfer students must have completed more than 24 college credits. A minimum college GPA of 2.0 is required for application review. If you have completed fewer than 24 credits, you must also submit high school transcripts and SAT/ACT scores.