Curriculum and Instruction

B.S. in Early Childhood Education and TESOL (dual initial certification)

The 126 credit B.S. in Early Childhood Education and TESOL prepares you to become a knowledgeable, caring, and inspiring teacher of general education and English as a second language for children from birth through second grades.

In pursuing your undergraduate degree, you will examine theories of child development, motivation, and learning for youngsters ranging in age from birth to grade 2. 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 the 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 you will learn the basic principles of classroom management for a diverse student population. The program will culminate in a semester-long student teaching experience that will allow you to practice your new skills in classroom settings. This degree qualifies you for dual NYS initial teaching 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 Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 2) and TESOL. Please refer to the NYSED certification website ( for the most up to date changes in certification requirements.

The Early 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).


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