2021-2022 College Catalog 
    Feb 05, 2023  
2021-2022 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Multicultural Early Childhood and Elementary Education

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Chairperson: Rupam Saran 718 270 4937 office 718 270 4828 fax rsaran@mec.cuny.edu
Office: B 1007K
Faculty: Rosalina Diaz, Adero-Zaire Green,Tabora Johnson, Deobrah Greenblatt, Rupam Saran

The Medgar Evers College School of Education’s undergraduate degree program in Childhood Education prepares students for professional standards of teaching excellence, and the New York State Initial Certificate in Childhood Education, 1-6. The Childhood Education Undergraduate Program is registered by the New York State Department of Education and is fully accredited by the by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), as well as is recognized by the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI), the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

The program offers associate and baccalaureate degree programs, and dual certificate degree program that prepare students for a successful career in the education field.

  • To construct meaningful realistic classroom experience and to see connection/relationship between theory and practice, candidates in program’s education courses engage in field experi ences and two semesters of practicum.
  • To accommodate diverse students the program accepts transfer credits for certain courses with a grade point average of 2.5 or better from colleges and universities accredited by agencies recognized by the United States Department of Education.

The program’s mission is “to prepare change agents for classrooms, schools and communities who educate to liberate,” and meet the School of Education’s eight standards: Knowledge, Personal & Global Consciousness, Analytic Ability, Creativity, Professionalism, Effective Communication, Collaboration, and Commitment & Care serve.

Students enrolled in dual certificate degree program, specifically special and general education, receive financial support through scholarships from Federal grants totaling over $4M. These special education scholars participate in additional preparation to work with the growing population of culturally and linguistically diverse students with and without developmental disabilities in our nation’s early childhood and elementary school settings.

The program is committed to provide a holistic, integrated, urban, multicultural educational experience for all students preparing to be teachers who work and live within the Central Brooklyn community to promote and provide the best education for all children both within and beyond the community.

The Department currently offers the following degree programs:

  • BA Childhood Education
  • BA Childhood Special Education (in collaboration with the Department of Developmental and Special Education)
  • BA Early Childhood Special Education (in collaboration with the Department of Developmental and Special Education)

The program can only be taken with a concentration in a content area from one of the liberal arts and science programs. Incoming Students in the program must select one of the following concentration content areas:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Psychology (Early Childhood and Special Education Degree only)
    (Note: The Department does not offer Early Childhood Degree)


How to Become a Teacher in New York

To become a New York teacher, a candidate must meet the requirements stipulated by the Office of Teaching Initiatives of the New York State Education Department (NYSED). Like most states, New York requires that all state teachers hold a bachelor’s degree, complete a New York teacher certification program, and pass the required content examinations. Upon meeting the requirements
for certification, an applicant may be issued an initial certificate, which is valid for five years. This entry-level certificate leads to the professional certificate, which is an advanced level license that is continuously valid, assuming the teacher completes the appropriate number of professional development hours every five years.

New York Teacher Testing Requirements
There are several exams that are required for obtaining a teaching license in special education and general education in New York. The first is the Educating All Students (EAS) test, which measures direct teaching skills and knowledge. All prospective teachers
must also pass the edTPA, which measures teaching performance and instructional practice. To teach in a general education setting, which requires candidates to teach core subjects, must also pass the appropriate Content Specialty Test (CST) specifically the
Multi-subject test at either the early of childhood level.   To teach in a special education setting, candidates must pass the Content Specialty Test: Students with Disabilities. You can find more specific information through the New York State Teacher Certification

Examinations Website
The of Developmental and Special Education receives requests to certify a candidate as a teacher, following graduation in June, July, and August, so it’s recommended to send in all information three
to four months in advance of an estimated date of employment.
The required steps to obtain a New York educator certificate are as

Verification of background clearance by the state.
•    Official transcripts showing proof of bachelor’s degree.
•    Proof of completing a teacher preparation program at an approved school.
•    Passing scores on the required examinations.
•    Completed application for teaching certification in New York.
•    Payment of non-refundable processing fees.



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