Curriculum and Instruction

B.S. Childhood Education I TESOL (dual initial certification)

The 132-credit Bachelor of Science degree in 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 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 until 12 years of age. 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 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 two New York State initial teaching certifications.

This program requires a concentration in the liberal arts and sciences. You can select from a variety of areas. For more information about the concentrations, see the LIU website.

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 and TESOL. Please refer to the NYSED certification website ( for the most up to date changes in certification requirements.

The Childhood Education and TESOL 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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