Undergraduate Catalog

Early Childhood Studies

Phone: 845-257-2860
Location: Old Main Building 115
Web address: www.newpaltz.edu/elementaryed Link opens in a new window

The Early Childhood Studies non-certification program blends theoretical and pedagogical content with practical experience, providing students with multiple opportunities to apply foundational knowledge within a variety of educational environments where young children (infant through age 8) play and learn.

Classes explore early childhood pedagogy and practice, curriculum development and design, research and policy to prepare students to work in a variety of alternative learning environments: daycare settings, after-school and tutoring programs, programs for young children, parents and caregivers in museums, hospitals and community organizations. Multiple fieldwork experiences and an 80-hour internship provide opportunities for students to apply course content in settings that align with students' interests and career goals.

As with all School of Education programs, Early Childhood Studies offers:

  • high-quality instruction from dedicated, passionate faculty;
  • courses that reflect current research in such areas as play, early childhood development, social and emotional learning, curriculum development, and language and literacy development;
  • clinically rich preparation that emphasizes a balanced and interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning;
  • a commitment to preparing caring, critical, and reflective professionals.

Successful completion of the Early Childhood Studies program leads to a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree without recommendation for the issuance of a New York State teacher certificate.

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Notice to Persons Who Have Prior Felony Convictions

State University of New York (SUNY) policy prohibits SUNY New Paltz admission applications from inquiring into an applicant’s prior criminal history.  Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and/or to meet the licensure requirements for certain professions, including the program in Early Childhood and Childhood Education. 

Individuals with prior criminal histories are advised to seek advice and guidance from the chair of the academic department regarding the impact of a criminal record on meeting the requirements of the major/professional licensure or certification prior to declaring the major.