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Early Childhood & Childhood Education (B-6), B.S.Ed.

Program Description

The Early Childhood (Birth-Grade2) and Childhood (Grades 1-6) degree provides students with the skills they need to teach children from Birth to Sixth Grade. Upon successful completion of this program, students will earn a B.S.Ed. degree and certification in both Early Childhood (B-2) and Childhood (1-6).

Medaille College’s Education programs seek to prepare constructive thinkers for today and tomorrow’s world. Teacher candidates are taught theoretical perspectives and practical applications of teaching. This ensures that graduates are prepared to successfully meet New York State Learning Standards in their classrooms. The generalist concentration embedded the Common Core Curriculum Learning Standards, Regents, Reform mandates, NY State Education department mandates, and Race to the Top content into the program in a coherent and consistent manner. Additionally, course content covers the performance indicators on the NYS Teacher Certification Exams (NYSTCE).

The B.S.Ed. in Early Childhood/Childhood (B-6) Education Generalist Concentration is rigorous in nature and provides students with multiple opportunities to engage in practical application of coursework. The literacy courses and the methods courses will have instruction delivered in 2 hours blocks to allow students supervised opportunities in area schools.

The teacher candidates in this program as with the other education programs will graduate

  • knowing the subject matter in their certification areas;
  • meeting the needs of diverse learners through effective pedagogy and best teaching practices;
  • demonstrating scholarship supported by the use of technology;
  • as caring and competent educators.

All students working toward New York State Certification will take coursework in the professional, field-centered curriculum. The program provides for completion of a campus-based course of study and clinical field experiences.

Program Goals

  • To provide students with individual supervision and assessment during their course work and field experience to assure that each teacher candidate has the opportunity to develop appropriate professional skills.
  • To offer a contemporary curriculum that provides majors with the knowledge of subject matter, teaching techniques and principles of classroom management.
  • To prepare specialized content matter experts who are also strongly grounded in the liberal arts and professional studies.
  • To provide majors with an understanding of the foundations or educational practice and the philosophical, historical, social, psychological and pedagogical principles that guide instructional decisions.
  • To prepare teachers who are skilled in collaboration and team work both with professional colleagues and families.
  • To foster graduates who participate in professional growth opportunities as life-long learners and who are potential leaders in community and educational settings.
  • To develop positive and supportive classroom environments in which all students will be valued and successful.
  • To produce graduates able to effectively teach in inclusive and culturally diverse classrooms and to promote learning and healthy development for all children.
  • To prepare graduates who can effectively integrate theory and practice, engage in critical reading and questioning or current theory and research, and be problem solvers.
  • To prepare teachers who understand, practice and model the highest standards of professional behavior and responsibility in their interactions with students, parents and other caregivers, school colleagues and the community.
  • To produce teachers who will provide informed and thoughtful advocacy for adolescents.

Professional Dispositions

The Department of Education at Medaille College prepares students to enter the world of teaching birth through grade twelve. We believe that a major component of professional teacher education (both in Medaille College classrooms and in P-12 schools) includes preparing students to fulfill professional habits of conduct. As part of the learning and preparation processes, students must understand and engage in professional behaviors that adhere to both policy and guiding principles required in private and public schools and community agencies. The development of values such as commitment, responsible behavior, professional communication/collaboration, confidentiality, and integrity/honesty are essential for sustained employment within the professional workforce. Prospective educators are expected to view and assume these professional dispositions as a crucial component of their academic training.

The Professional Dispositions aligned with Medaille College and the Department of Education provide a framework for these professional behaviors. Instructors and staff will demonstrate and work with our students to assure that they understand and are able to demonstrate the dispositions in every class and learning experience. When interacting with administrators, professors, teachers, peers and students (while on all Medaille campuses and during field experiences), teacher candidates must exhibit their professional commitment to becoming an excellent teacher through engagement, words and actions. A full list of expected behaviors is located in program handbooks.

Students will sign an acknowledgement of these professional dispositions upon entrance to their program.

Clinical Experiences

Candidates are required to complete a minimum of 150 hours of clinical experience. These foundational and intermediate clinical experiences will include meaningful engagement with children in Pre-kindergarten - Grade 6 to allow candidates to demonstrate the practices that support student learning and development in the field of education. Hours must be satisfactorily completed by the end of the semester of the corresponding course.

All students in initial certification programs are required to successfully complete a minimum of two culminating clinical student teaching placements. Undergraduate students must have satisfactorily completed all pre-requisites and have a minimum 2.5 GPA to participate in student teaching. For detailed student teaching information, go to

Students who receive an unsatisfactory grade (U) for one student teaching placement must enroll and satisfactorily complete the one-credit course EDU 482 Refocus for Sucess and repeat the student teaching experience.

Note: All education teacher candidates must be able to, with or without accommodation, complete all New York State mandated course, field experience, and student teaching requirement

Department of Education Undergraduate Dismissal Policy

All BSED majors must meet the NYSED mandated 2.5 CUM GPA at the conclusion of their sophomore year (completion of 60 credits). Students who do not meet this requirement will be dismissed from the Education major. 

Students will also be dismissed from the program when referred to the Department of Education Professional Disposition Committee during any two semesters prior to their senior year (completion of 90 credits).

In both cases, students wishing to appeal dismissal and seek reinstatement must do so in writing within 30 days following the end of the semester. This written appeal should be directed to the DOE Chair. Student’s appeal will be carefully reviewed by the Chair based upon available evidence. Their decision regarding reinstatement is final. 

In addition, a teacher candidate may be immediately suspended or dismissed from Medaille College’s Department of Education for a crime or act indicating lack of “good moral character,” such as

  • physical or sexual abuse of a student or minor;
  • sale, possession, or use of illegal drugs;
  • any crime committed either on any school property or while in the performance of teaching duties; or
  • other acts which bring into question the teacher candidate’s “good moral character.”

Degree earned: B.S.Ed.
Total number of credits: Generalist Concentration: 132-133
Certificate/licenses titles and types: Childhood 1-6/Early Childhood Birth-2

Credit Distribution

Students must receive a grade of C or above for all pedagogical and concentration courses. Otherwise, the course must be repeated.

As a requirement for graduation, all students receiving a Bachelor of Science in Education degree must attain a minimum 2.5 cumulative average to graduate.

General Education Core
Writing Courses
ENG 110College Writing3
or ENG 112 College Writing for Multilingual Students
ENG/HON 200Advanced College Writing3
or ENG 202 Advanced College Writing for Multilingual Students
Critical Dialogues Course
INT 110Introduction to Dialogues in Critical Thinking 13
American Dialogues Course
Select one course of the following:3
Photographers, Writers, and the American Scene
Social Issues in Policing a Multicultural Community
Justice and Democracy in America
African-American History
Cultural Interaction in Colonial North America
Enduring American Dialogues
Creative and Reflective Dialogues Course
Select one course of the following:3
Contemporary Photography as Cultural Landscape
Beginning Drawing
Basic Photography: Criticizing Photography
Introduction to Creative Writing
Creative Nonfiction Writing
Creative Expression
Introduction to Theatre and Performance
Sustainability Dialogues Course
Select one course of the following:3-4
Introductory Biology
Human Nutrition
Enviromental Studies
Introductory Chemistry
Scientific Discovery
Physical Science
Principles of Physics I
Global Dialogues Course
Select one course of the following:3
British Literature I: Middle Ages to the 18th Century
British Literature II: Late 18th Century to The Present
Themes and Topics in World Literature & Culture
Major Global Literary Figures
Baccalaureate Capstone I
Medieval World
The History of Ireland
History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
The Arts in Society
Psychoanalysis & Politics
Seminar in Religion and Belief
Classical Music Studies
Truth & Justice
Citizenship Dialogues Course
Select one course of the following:3
Baccalaureate Capstone II
Capstone in Citizenship
Psychology Capstone
MAT 114Intermediate Algebra (or higher)3
MAT 125Concepts in Mathematics I3
SPE 130Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
Major Requirements
EDU 207Dignity for All Students Act Seminar 20
EDU 210Educational Foundations 33
EDU 223Educational Psychology3
EDU 240Literacy I: Language Development and Pre-Emergent Literacy3
EDU 241Literacy II: Emergent to Early Readers and Writers3
EDU 242Literacy III: Transitional to Fluent Readers and Writers3
EDU 340Child Abuse, School Violence and Other Current Issues in Education 40
EDU 370Methods of Language Arts with Children's Literature: Birth to 6th Grade3
EDU 371Methods of Mathematics: Birth to 6th Grade3
EDU 372Methods of Science and Technology: Birth to 6th Grade3
EDU 373Methods of Social Studies and Creative Arts: Birth to 6th Grade3
EDU 375Strategic Literacy Instruction for Diverse Learners: Early Childhood/Childhood3
ESP 230Introduction to Special Education3
Student Teaching
EDU 378Field Experiences and Seminars3
EDU 47812
Liberal Arts and Sciences Courses
Foreign Language I3
MAT 201Statistics and Society3
HIS 140Early United States History3
PHY 104Physical Science3
PSY 100Introduction to Psychology3
PSY 210Child Development3
Computer Information Systems
CIS 175Technology Applications in Education3
Generalist Concentration
ENG 205Introduction to Literature3
or ENG 215 Survey of World Literature
ENG 210Introduction to Creative Writing3
ENG 375Children's Literature: From Ancient Myth to the Digital Age3
ENG 485The English Language: Past, Present & Future3
MAT 126Concepts in Mathematics II3
MAT 152College Geometry3
BIO 101Introductory Biology3
HIS 315History of Ethnic America3
HIS 402The History of New York State3
Select one course of the following:3
British Literature I: Middle Ages to the 18th Century
British Literature II: Late 18th Century to The Present
Literature of the United States: Colonial to the Civil War
Literature of the United States: Civil War through the 21st Century
Multicultural Literature of the United States
Total Hours132-133

Required of first-year students; all other students may substitute a 300/400 level Liberal Arts and Sciences elective


Requires co-registration with EDU 210 Educational Foundations


Requires co-registration with EDU 207 Dignity for All Students Act Seminar


Requires co-registration with ESP 230 Introduction to Special Education

New York State Teacher Certification (NYSTCE)
Students seeking certification in New York must successfully complete the New York State Teacher Certification Exams (NYSTCE) as a prerequisite for certification.

Suggested Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterHours
INT 110 Introduction to Dialogues in Critical Thinking 3
ENG 110 College Writing 3
EDU 210/207 Educational Foundations 3
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
MAT 114 Intermediate Algebra 3
Second Semester
American Dialogues 3
ENG 200 Advanced College Writing 3
ESP 230/EDU 340 Introduction to Special Education 3
SPE 130 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
HIS 140 Early United States History 3
MAT 201 Statistics and Society 3
Second Year
First Semester
Creative Dialogues 3
PSY 210 Child Development 3
BIO 101 Introductory Biology 3
ENG 205 Introduction to Literature 3
EDU 223 Educational Psychology 3
MAT 125 Concepts in Mathematics I 3
Second Semester
Sustainability Dialogues 3
EDU 240 Literacy I: Language Development and Pre-Emergent Literacy 3
ENG 210 Introduction to Creative Writing 3
MAT 126 Concepts in Mathematics II 3
HIS 315 History of Ethnic America 3
CIS 175 Technology Applications in Education 3
Third Year
First Semester
PHY 104 Physical Science 3
EDU 241 Literacy II: Emergent to Early Readers and Writers 3
ENG 375 Children's Literature: From Ancient Myth to the Digital Age 3
MAT 152 College Geometry 3
Foreign Language 3
ENG 305/315/325/335/365 British Literature I: Middle Ages to the 18th Century 3
Second Semester
EDU 378 Field Experiences and Seminars 3
Global Dialogues 3
EDU 242 Literacy III: Transitional to Fluent Readers and Writers 3
ENG 485 The English Language: Past, Present & Future 3
HIS 402 The History of New York State 3
EDU 375 Strategic Literacy Instruction for Diverse Learners: Early Childhood/Childhood 3
Fourth Year
First Semester
INT 450 Capstone in Citizenship 3
EDU 370 Methods of Language Arts with Children's Literature: Birth to 6th Grade 3
EDU 371 Methods of Mathematics: Birth to 6th Grade 3
EDU 373 Methods of Social Studies and Creative Arts: Birth to 6th Grade 3
EDU 372 Methods of Science and Technology: Birth to 6th Grade 3
Second Semester
EDU 478-E Student Teaching (B-6) and Seminar 6
EDU 478-C Student Teaching (B-6) and Seminar 6
 Total Hours132

Please Note: The above shows the ideal suggested sequencing and scheduling of courses and credits by semester. It is based on eight semesters for a traditionally-structured baccalaureate degree. Degree program requirements and the scheduling of courses are subject to change, based on writing/math placements and course availability. This chart should be utilized a guide and is not a written contract. Students will be notified of changes that may affect their academic progress.