Childhood Education

The forty-two credit Childhood Education Certification Program leads to eligibility for certification in grades 1 through 6 in New York State.  Many Dominican Childhood Education graduates also seek and secure teaching positions in other states. In the past two years, 100 percent of our certified teacher education graduates who actively sought positions have secured employment in teaching. All programs in Teacher Education are accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (T.E.A.C.) and adhere to the quality principles of this certification body.

Required Classes
Childhood Education
Sophomore Year-Fall Semester
ED 222 (PS 222) Educational Psychology 3
ED 223V School and Society 3
Sophomore Year-Spring Semester
SE 221 (PS 221) Psychology of the Exceptional Individual 3
ED 225 (CI 225) Technology in the Classroom 3
Junior Year-Fall Semester
ED 331 Foundations of Literacy 3
ED 330 Introduction to Teaching Methods 3
Junior Year-Spring Semester
ED 332 Strategies for Literacy Development 3
SE 222 Inclusive Settings: Principles and Practices 3
Senior Year-Fall Semester
ED 463A Teaching Math (Childhood Education) 2
ED 463B Teaching Science (Childhood Education) 2
ED 463C Teaching Social Studies (Childhood Education) 2
Senior Year-Spring Semester
ED 472 Student Teaching (Childhood) 10
ED 472A Student Teaching Seminar(Childhood) 2
Total Credits 42 credits

The capstone experience is a sixteen week student teaching placement, eight weeks in grades 1-3 and eight weeks in grades 4-6. Personal requests for student teaching placement may be presented when application for student teaching is made the semester before proposed ED 472 is to be taken; however, final selection of placement sites remains with the Division.

Program Coordinator: Dr. Diane DiSpagna

Contact Information:
Phone: (845) 848-4118

Mailing Address:
Dr. Diane DiSpagna
Division of Teacher Education
Dominican University
Casey Hall
470 Western Highway
Orangeburg, NY 10962