Education: Early Childhood/Childhood (B-6) Generalist Concentration

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Generalist Concentration: 132

Childhood 1-6/Early Childhood Birth-2


Program Description

The Early Childhood (B-2) and Childhood (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 (grades 1-6).

Medaille College’s Education programs seek to prepare constructive thinkers for today and tomorrow’s world. Our 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 NYSTCEs.

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.

Students will have to complete 160 participation/volunteer hours. 80 hours are attached to EDU 378. The additional 80 hours are attached to the foundations, literacy and methods courses. During the field experiences students will have the opportunity to develop appropriate professional skills.

Students will have 3 student teaching placements: Universal Pre-K, Primary, and Intermediate. Students will be observed twice at the first placement site and once at the second and third placement site.

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 education. The program provides for completion of a campus-based course of study, pre-student-teaching experiences, and classroom student teaching situations. Education majors are required to take the New York State Teacher Certification Exams (NYSTCE) as a prerequisite for New York State Certification.

As a requirement for graduation, all students receiving a Bachelor of Science in Education degree must attain a minimum 2.50 cumulative average. If a student performs below the acceptable standard, he/she will need to take and/or retake the course(s) designated to improve weak areas and pass the course(s) with a grade of C- or better.  Students must receive a grade of a C- or above for all pedagogical courses. Otherwise, the course must be repeated.

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

This quality program will prepare future teachers for the Elementary Schools of tomorrow. 

The program has established the following pre-service goals:

  • To provide students with individual supervision and assessment during their coursework and field experience to assure that each teacher candidate has the opportunity to develop appropriate professional skills;
  • To individualize and adequately differentiate instruction so as to address the academic and emotional/behavioral needs of each learner thereby creating a classroom that values, validates, and nurtures each child;
  • To offer a contemporary curriculum that provides majors with the knowledge of subject matter, pedagogy/best practices in teaching, 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 of education 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 students, including those with disabilities and special abilities by planning for enrichment, and adaptation of materials;
  • To prepare graduates who can effectively integrate theory and practice, engage in critical reading and questioning of 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; and,
  • To produce teachers who will provide informed and thoughtful advocacy for children.


Credit Distribution:Education: Early Childhood/Childhood (B-6) Generalist Concentration

General Education Core (33 Credits)

ENG 110 College Writing (3)

ENG 200 Advanced College Writing (3)

GEN 110 Introduction to Critical Thinking (3)

GEN 220 Justice and Democracy in America (3)

GEN 230 Creative Expression (3)

GEN 240 Scientific Discovery (3)

GEN 410 Baccalaureate Capstone I (3)

GEN 411 Baccalaureate Capstone II (3)

MAT 114 Intermediate Algebra [or higher] (3)

MAT 125 Concepts in Mathematics I (3)

SPE 130 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3)

Major Requirements (33 Credits)

EDU 207 DASA Seminar (Requires co-registration with EDU 210) (0)

EDU 210 Educational Foundations (Requires co-registration with EDU 207) (3)

EDU 223 Educational Psychology (3)

EDU 240 Literacy I: Language Development and Pre-Emergent Literacy (3)

EDU 241 Literacy II: Emergent to Early Readers and Writers (3)

EDU 242 Literacy III: Transitional to Fluent Readers and Writers (3)

EDU 340 Child Abuse and School Violence and other Current Issues in Education (requires co-registration with ESP 230) (0)

EDU 370 Methods of Language Arts with Children’s Literature (3)

EDU 371 Methods of Mathematics (3)

EDU 372 Methods of Science and Technology (3)

EDU 373 Methods of Social Studies and Creative Arts (3)

EDU 375 Strategic Literacy Instruction for Diverse Learners (3)

ESP 230 Introduction to Special Education (3)

Student Teaching (15 credits)

EDU 378 Field Experiences and Seminars (3)

EDU 478 Student Teaching (B-6)/Seminar (12)

Liberal Arts and Sciences Courses (18 Credits)

Foreign Language I (3)

MAT 201 Statistics & Society (3)

HIS 140 Early United States History (3)

PHY 104 Physical Science (3)

PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology (3)

PSY 210 Child Development (3)

Computer Information Systems (3 credits)

CIS 175 Technology Applications in Education (3)

Generalist Concentration (30 Credits)

ENG 205 Introduction to Literature or ENG 215 Survey of World Literature (3)

ENG 210 Introduction to Creative Writing (3)

ENG 375 Children’s Literature: From Ancient Myth to the Digital Age (3)

ENG 485 The English Language: Past, Present & Future (3)

MAT 126 Concepts in Math II (3)

MAT 152 College Geometry (3)

BIO 101 Biology (3)

HIS 315 History of Ethnic America (3)

HIS 402 New York State History (3)

Choose one of the following courses (3 credits):

  • ENG 305 British Literature: Middle Ages to 18th Century (3)
  • ENG 315 British Literature: Late 18th Century through the 20th Century (3)
  • ENG 325 American Literature: Colonial to the Civil War (3)
  • ENG 335 American Literature: Civil War through the 20th Century (3)
  • ENG 365 Ethnic Literature in America (3)

Total Number of Credits: 132


Registration for Student Teaching: Students who receive an unsatisfactory (U) for one student teaching placement must attend “Refocus for Success” and repeat the student teaching experience. For detailed student teaching information go to Student teachers who receive an unsatisfactory for two student teaching placements must follow the Student Teaching Improvement Plan.


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