May 25, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education, Early Childhood and Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 6), B.S.

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The School offers a four-year program leading to the degree, Bachelor of Science in Education  Early Childhood and Childhood Education (birth-grade 6), with a liberal arts concentration. Students who wish to obtain New York State initial certification in both Early Childhood Education and Childhood Education (birth-grade 6) and to major in education must complete the field experience requirements. The program outline below is designed primarily for entering freshmen. Transfer students may have to spend one extra semester or more to fulfilll program requirements. Each block of courses has related practicum requirements. Placement for practica is facilitated by the Ella Chine Shear School of Education staff.

​”Commissioner’s Regulations CR 52.21, General Requirements (ii)(a) require all teacher candidates to study “a language other than English.” By meeting Geneseo’s requirement for such language study, all teacher candidates meet the NY certification requirement.”

Candidate Information and resume maybe required the semester prior to practicum placements. Candidates are responsible for their own transportation for all field experiences and student teaching.  

Program Learning Outcomes, Early Childhood (NAEYC)

1) Candidates are grounded in a child development knowledge base.  They use their understanding of young children’s characteristics and needs, and of multiple interacting influences on children’s development and learning, to create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging for each child.

2) Candidates know about, understand and value the importance and complex characteristics of children’s families and communities. They use this understanding to create respectful, reciprocal relationships that support and empower families, and to involve all families in their children’s development and learning.

3) Candidates know about and understand the goals, benefits and uses of assessment. They know about and use systematic observations, documentation, and other effective assessment strategies in a responsible way, in partnership with families and other professionals, to positively influence the development of every child.

4) Candidates understand and use positive relationships and supportive interactions as the foundation of their work with young children and families. Candidates know, understand, and use a wide array of developmentally appropriate approaches, instructional strategies, and tools to connect with children and families and positively influence each child’s development and learning.

5) Candidates know the essential concepts, inquiry tools and structure of content areas, including academic subjects, and can identify resources to deepen their understanding. Candidates use their own knowledge and other resources to design, implement, and evaluate meaningful, challenging curriculum that promotes comprehensive developmental and learning outcomes for every young child.

6) Candidates identify and conduct themselves as members of the early childhood profession. They know and use ethical guidelines and other professional standards related to early childhood practice. They are continuous, collaborative learners who demonstrate knowledgeable, reflective and critical perspectives on their work, making informed decisions that integrate knowledge from a variety of sources. They are informed advocates for sound educational practices and policies.

7) Field experiences are planned and sequenced so that candidates develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to promote the development and learning of young children across the entire developmental period of early childhood - in at least two of the three early childhood age groups (birth - age 3, 3 through 5, 5 through 8 years) and in the variety of settings that offer early education (early school grades, child care centers and homes, Head Start programs).

General Education Requirements (30-46 Credits)

Prerequisite coursework may be required to satisfy certain General Education courses and will count as elective credit.

Total Credits Required to Complete Major: 91

Outline of Program Content

Basic Requirements: (51 Credits)

Early Childhood Blocks* (must be completed in sequence listed)


*Students may not advance in blocks until all previous courses have been completed satisfactorily.
**In the Review Process, a teacher candidate may be allowed one re-take of practicum experience or a student teaching experience.
***The sequencing of these courses is flexible and will be determined by enrollment. Please see your advisor and/or the Director of Student Success for more information.

Liberal Arts Concentrations (32-36 Credits)

Art History (30 Credits)

English (32 Credits)

8 4-credit courses or 3- and 4-credit courses totaling at least 30 credit hours, to consist of ENGL 203 - Reader and Text: (subtitle)  
One course in each of 3 historical divisions (Early, Modern, Recent)
A minimum of 2 courses at the 300-level
A minimum of 2 courses at the 400-level\
A maximum of 1 course at the 100-level. Transfer students with 3 credit courses and students who declared certification prior to spring 2014 should consult with their advisor.

Foreign Language: French (32-36 Credits)

Foreign Language: Spanish (32-36 Credits)

12 additional credits of Geography

6 credits must be at the 300- or 400-level. A maximum of 3 credits of GEOG 395 , GEOG 397 , or GEOG 399  may be credited towards the concentration.).

History (30:32 Credits)

  • Credit(s): 4
  • 28 credits, at least 12 credits must be at the 400-level (maximum of 4 credits at the 100-level) must include

    • 1 class in European History at the 200-level or above
    • 1 class in US History at the 200-level or above
    • 1 class in LACANNA History at the 200-level or above

Human Development (available only to Early Childhood/Childhood majors) (30 Credits)

Music (30 Credits)

Natural Science (30 Credits)

18 credits

In addition to the introductory course above in the majors’ courses of one science discipline (at least 11 credits at the 200- or 300-level).

Political Science (30 Credits)

Twelve credits

at the 300-level

Nine credits

at the 400-level (in sub-fields taken at the 100-level).

Sustainability Studies (31-36 Credits)

This concentration immerses students in the three pillars of sustainability: society, economy, and environment. Through interdisciplinary coursework, the concentration focuses on the connections that exist between social equity, economy, and environmental problems, and it builds student understanding of sustainable solutions that will meet the present and future needs of people and the biosphere. 


Six courses with two in each dimension. At least two courses must be at the 200-level or higher. At least two courses must be at the 300-level or higher.

Dimension 1: Society, Culture and Humanities

Dimension 2: Development, Economics, and Global Perspective

Dimension 3: Environment and Physical Science


  1. A three-credit lecture taken with its one-credit co-requisite lab constitutes one course.
  2. Three to four internship credits may be used to satisfy one sustainability dimension course with the approval of the Sustainability Studies Coordinator.
  3. Three to four credits of directed study may be used to satisfy one sustainability dimension course with the approval of the Sustainability Studies Coordinator.
  4. SUST 366 - Sustainability & Environmental Stewardship  or SUST 399 - Sustainability Directed Study  may be used to satisfy one sustainability dimension course with the approval of the Sustainability Studies Coordinator. 

Theatre (30 Credits)

Urban Studies (30-32 Credits)

Elective courses from the following: (12 Credits)


Electives selected under advisement to meet the following requirements:

  1. no more than two courses with the same prefix (other than WGST),
  2. at least one course under each of the broad headings of humanities/arts and social sciences.

Outline/Advising Guide

For Students who Matriculated prior to Fall 2022:

First Year

Fall (17 Credit Hours)

Spring (16 Credit Hours)

Second Year

Fall (16 Credit Hours)

Spring (16 Credit Hours)

Third Year

Fall (15 Credit Hours)

Fourth Year

Spring (12 Credit Hours)

Concentration Credit(s): 3
Concentration Credit(s): 3
F/ Credit(s): 3
Concentration Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 120

NOTE: Where no prerequisites apply, some variation in the order or semester in which courses are taken is possible. Students should consult their academic advisors for additional information.

Teacher candidates must satisfy the 2.75 cumulative GPA requirement to continue in a certification program. For admission to student teaching, teacher candidates must have a 2.75 in their major, concentration, and overall.

*These courses are offered based on enrollment and may be taken with blocks other than the ones shown here. See your advisor for more information

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