Childhood Education

Childhood Education Program Overview

In Manhattanville University’s Bachelor of Science (BS) in Childhood Education degree program, transform theory into practice with elementary education coursework and real-world teaching experiences that solidify a range of classroom skills.

For those aiming to teach in elementary schools from first grade up to grade 6, the bachelor’s in childhood education program at Manhattanville offers comprehensive preparation in a close-knit setting.

Located near innumerable public, private, and charter schools and related educational organizations in the dynamic New York City area, our childhood education major program exposes students to the diverse ways educating our youth can change the world for the better.

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State Approved Childhood Education Preparation 

By completing the requirements for the BS in Childhood Education, including a built-in clinical student teaching semester and state-mandated workshops, students gain the academic and experiential qualifications to pursue Initial Teacher Certification in New York and become an elementary school teacher.

From where you complete your student teaching experience to the electives you take to satisfy your curiosities, our childhood and elementary education preparation program can be tailored to your goals as a future educator.

The BS in Childhood Education program begins with child development and pedagogy courses in the first semester, as well as general education and elective courses that foster a well-rounded perspective to bring to future classrooms.

Dive deeply into one of three content areas, natural sciences, social and behavioral sciences, or English literature and writing, learn innovated teaching methods in your education classes, and gain in-classroom student teaching training under the guidance of certified educators in field placements and a senior student teaching semester.


Requirements for the BS in Childhood Education include:

  • General education requirements
  • 40 education major course credits
  • 60 liberal arts course credits
  • Clinical student teaching experience
  • Electives to fulfill Bachelor of Science credit requirements


Review the Manhattanville University Catalog for specific requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Childhood Education pathway.


Student Teaching Component

The student teaching semester and periodic field experiences, centered on the pathway to initial teacher certification in New York, are pivotal components of our degree in childhood ducation program.

Delve into a transformative elementary education experience in New York City area classrooms, encompassing everything from crafting lesson plans to mastering classroom management techniques. This immersive phase provides a real-world glimpse into the life and responsibilities of an elementary educator and helps qualify students to earn certification in childhood education grades 1-6.


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.

Kickstart your path to becoming an educator with Manhattanville University. Start by applying and signaling your interest in pursuing the BS in Childhood Education degree program.

Upon your acceptance and as you embark on foundational courses like Fundamentals of Schools and Teaching or Child Development and Learning, transition to the School of Education and the Bachelor of Science in your sophomore year.

For more details, check out undergraduate admissions, or connect with an admissions counselor for guidance.


Transfer Admissions

For transfer students interested in the bachelor’s in childhood education program: if you've tackled some introductory pedagogy courses in this area, we recommend applying to both Manhattanville University and the School of Education simultaneously. This ensures a smooth advising and enrollment experience.

Delve deeper into Manhattanville's transfer admissions process and ask an admissions counselor.


Explore Scholarships and Aid

At Manhattanville, 98 percent of our students successfully leverage financial aid to make their college journey more accessible. We’re here to smooth the path to your fulfilling career as an educator.

Review scholarship and aid information or contact the Financial Aid team directly with any questions.


Earn a BS in Childhood Education at Manhattanville University

In the Bachelor of Science in Childhood Education degree program at Manhattanville University, you'll deepen your expertise in subject content and child development. This ensures you're well-prepared for New York State teacher certification for grades 1-6.

Eager to shape young minds? Schedule a visit to our campus or start your application.