Education (Early Childhood / Childhood Education: Psychology Child Life)
About This Program
You want more than a job - you want to change lives. You're looking for a career that gives you the ability to influence the future. Education may be the program for you.
Why Utica University
The major in Early Childhood and Childhood Education Dual Certification leads to a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree and prepares undergraduate students to work with families and teach children from Birth to Grade 6 in New York State.
Teacher candidates pursuing the Early Childhood and Childhood Education Dual Certification major must complete a concentration of courses in psychology-child life (PCL) which in combination with coursework on the subjects to be taught and pedagogical coursework, shall ensure that the teacher candidate has the knowledge, skills, and dispositions for supporting students and their families and teaching the New York State Next Generation Learning Standards.
Students who complete the major in Early Childhood and Childhood Education Dual Certification (B.S.) will:
- Demonstrate strong knowledge of the subject matter they will teach
- Demonstrate pedagogical content knowledge and the ability to use this knowledge to design effective lessons
- Demonstrate teaching skills that promote student learning
- Teach caringly, effectively, and professionally
- Know how to learn
- Seek to understand multicultural perspectives
- Use technology effectively
What You'll Learn
The Early Childhood and Childhood Education program requires teacher candidates complete study that prepares them with the knowledge, understanding, and skills in the liberal arts and sciences, including but not limited to: artistic expression; communication; information retrieval; concepts in history and social sciences; humanities; a world language other than English; scientific and mathematical processes; and written analysis and expression.
A Degree That Works
Utica University's education programs prepare you for a range of fulfilling career options as an educator, as well as graduate study in education. Utica University also offers master's degree programs in education and our alumni have distinguished themselves as educators and administrators in school districts throughout New York State and across the country.
Experience in the Classroom
Early Childhood Education majors complete a minimum of 100 hours observing and working public school classrooms, putting what they've learned to use in their senior year with an entire semester devoted entirely to student teaching.