Childhood and Middle Level Childhood Education

Students who choose the childhood & middle childhood education program will be qualified to teach children in the elementary grades 1-6, and in the middle level grades 5-9 (subject-specific). This program is recommended for students who would like to teach at the childhood level or the subject-specific middle school level.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn initial teacher certification in New York state for both childhood (grades 1-6) and middle childhood education (grades 5-9 content-specific).

Job Projections

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13):

  • The job projection for elementary teachers in 2020 is expected to rise by 17 percent (281,500 new jobs). 
  • The job projection for middle school teachers is also expected to rise by 17 percent (108,300 new jobs). 

Program Curriculum and Requirements

All programs include a general education requirement, major academic concentration in a selected area of study, professional education requirement and comprehensive field experiences. The academic concentration, in combination with general education coursework in liberal arts and sciences, ensures that students gain extensive knowledge of their subject matter. The Common Core standards and New York state learning standards are integrated into required coursework throughout the program and serve as the basis of performance assessment requirements.  A focus on literacy and teaching students with diverse learning needs is embedded in coursework that is required of all education majors. Comprehensive field experiences begin in the first semester of study and continue each semester of the program, leading to a teaching assistantship and comprehensive student teaching experience. 

All programs include experience with English language learners and students receiving special education services, as well as a range of placements across various types of school districts.

Students in this program select one content area concentration from one of the following five subjects: English language arts, mathematics, biology, chemistry, social studies, or the languages of Spanish or French.  

Students who wish to be certified to teach in Ontario will earn their initial New York state teacher certification and be assisted to apply through the Ontario College of Teachers for the letter of eligibility to teach in Ontario at the primary-junior level.