Student Developmental Level - Early Childhood Education Birth – Grade 2

Acceptable courses include those early childhood education courses that would be required in an early childhood education major.

Examples include but are not limited to pedagogical content that is primarily focused on:

  • methods and strategies for assessing and teaching young children (ages 0-7)
  • literacy development for young children (emergent literacy)
  • early childhood curriculum and instruction in content
  • approaches to teaching and learning in grades pre-K through Grade 2

Six semester-hours (s.h.) at the appropriate developmental level is required.   Three s.h. must focus exclusively on  early childhood education.  The remaining 3 s.h. can include course work in teaching in elementary school grades 1-6 since grades 1-2 can be both in elementary school or in an early childhood setting.

Unacceptable courses include those that focus on:

  • more than two developmental levels  such as
    • life span developmental psychology
    • methods of teaching grades K-12
    • child and adolescent psychology
  • middle level or secondary education 

If you need further clarification you should review college catalogs of institutions that offer early childhood education programs leading to certification to learn about the types of courses that focus on the early childhood developmental level.  New York State colleges that have approved early childhood education programs may be identified by using the Inventory of Registered Programs www.highered.nysed.gov/ocue.

Last Updated: January 9, 2014