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Undergraduate Early Childhood Education (Birth - Grade 2)


For advice on admission to this program, please contact:

Jason Riffaterre
1002 West Building
phone (212) 772-4638


For further information on the academic program, please contact program faculty:

Christina Taharally
(212) 772-4679
1106 West

Carmen Brown
(212) 396-6151
1036 West

Lacey Peters
(212) 772-5239
1035 West



The Early Childhood, Birth through Grade 2 undergraduate teacher education program prepares students to become New York State certified teachers of early childhood education. This is a 36-credit program in which students have an option to complete the course of study over four or six semesters.

This program teaches approaches to early care and education and students will gain an in-depth understanding of theories on human development and philosophies that guide early childhood curriculum and teaching. Students will master ways to plan and implement appropriate and meaningful learning experiences, and will acquire techniques to modify instruction based on the children in a classroom or early childhood setting. 

In addition, each course emphasizes multi-cultural education and an integral component of the program is responsive and reflective teaching. Students will engage with anti-bias education and will develop the knowledge and skills needed to focus on the needs, interests, and abilities of all children.  This program also incorporates family and community connectedness.  

Students’ coursework is aligned with field work and student teaching experiences, providing opportunity to work with children of diverse backgrounds within an array of early childhood care and education settings in New York State, ranging from child care centers to elementary school classrooms.

Before Hunter students can declare Early Childhood Education as a major, they must apply to the School of Education and be accepted.  Qualified applicants must submit a writing sample as well as participate in an interview.  Those who are accepted may officially declare Early Chilhdood Education as a second major.  Early Childhood students must also declare a primary major in one of the liberal arts or sciences subject areas.



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