Childhood and Early Childhood Education

Childhood and Early Childhood Education Program Overview

Manhattanville University's unique Bachelor of Science in Childhood and Early Childhood Education degree program is a pathway leading to dual New York State Initial Teacher Certification in two areas, preparing students for careers as certified educators in settings ranging from birth to grade 6.

Seamlessly integrating principles and practices of both early childhood and elementary education, this dual teacher preparation program prepares versatile and adaptive educators through hands-on experiences and close classroom mentorship and collaboration.

Learn how you’ll become equipped with the practical skills and knowledge to teach and inspire students in the earliest years of their educational journeys.

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State Approved Dual Certification in Childhood and Early Childhood Education

Through academic training and immersive classroom teaching experiences, our program prepares students for New York State Initial Teacher Certification in both Childhood and Early Childhood Education upon completion of state requirements.
This dual certification Bachelor of Science program opens doors to diverse teaching opportunities and the adaptability to teach in various educational settings, from preschools to elementary schools.

The program curriculum integrates foundational courses in child development, teaching methods, and chosen specialized areas, ensuring comprehensive preparation for aspiring educators. From early childhood theories to advanced strategies for childhood teaching, the curriculum provides a broad-based understanding essential for dual certification.

Requirements for the BS in Childhood and Early Childhood degree program include:

  • First-year and general education requirements
  • 49 credits in education core coursework and practice
  • 60 liberal arts credits
  • Remaining elective credits
  • Clinical student teaching semester

Review the Manhattanville University Catalog for complete dual education program requirements.


Student Teaching Component

Within the Bachelor of Science program, student teaching stands as a pivotal experience. Dive deep into real-world teaching scenarios, nurturing skills for genuine classroom settings that span from daycare and preschool environments to elementary classrooms in New York.

This hands-on component not only solidifies theoretical learning but fulfills teacher certification experience requirements, equipping you to succeed in the competitive job market.

Manhattanville offers the Bachelor of Arts degree as well as three specialized Bachelor of Science programs, while also offering options for combined Master's education programs, and a specialized track for students pursuing Physical Education.

Explore Manhattanville's diverse offerings designed to prepare the next generation of educators for every stage of the student journey.

The first step on your journey to becoming a teacher in New York is applying to Manhattanville University with our online application.

Once accepted, you'll start courses in fundamental education and pedagogy areas and then apply to join the School of Education in the education certification area you choose.

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Transfer Admissions

We offer a smooth transition to any students who have completed prior college coursework. For those with completed undergraduate education courses comparable to the foundational coursework of the degree, an admissions counselor can help determine the next steps.

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Explore Scholarships and Aid

Achieve your aspirations to become a teacher without financial constraints. At Manhattanville, we're proud that 98 percent of our students take advantage of scholarships and federal aid, making dreams accessible. The Financial Aid Office is ready to provide guidance every step of the way.

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Earn a BS in Childhood and Early Childhood Education at Manhattanville University

Manhattanville's Bachelor of Science dual pathway program leading to Initial Teacher Certification in elementary settings not only offers comprehensive academic preparation but also the invaluable experience of molding young minds.

Eager to be the beacon of change in a child's life? Visit our vibrant campus or kick-start your application today.