Graduate Early Childhood Education
From the Program Coordinator, Cecilia Espinosa
Welcome! Our graduate teacher preparation program in Early Childhood Education, at Lehman College of the City University of New York, leads to initial and professional New York State Teaching certificates in Early Childhood Birth to 2nd Grade, general education and offers an extension in Bilingual Education. The program is designed to prepare reflective practitioners in urban early childhood settings. The Early Childhood graduate program resides in the Early Childhood and Childhood Education Department within the Division of Education at Lehman College. Our Early Childhood Graduate Program is approved and accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and NCATE.
We are committed to preparing competent, qualified, ethical, and reflective practitioners for service in diverse communities who believe in promoting care, justice, and equity in urban settings. Our students work in infant and child care settings, Head Start programs and in our public and private school systems, in Pre-kindergarten, Kindergarten, First and Second grades.
Students in the Early Childhood Education Graduate Program must complete courses in three competency areas, including student teaching or internship. To progress from one competency area to the next, candidates must meet continuation requirements.
We invite you to come to our office to discuss your interest in teaching young children, to plan your master’s level course sequence in early childhood education, and your application process to our Early Childhood Graduate Program.
We hope that you choose to study with us.
Cecilia M. Espinosa, Ph.D
Early Childhood and Bilingual Extension
For more information contact: Dr. Cecilia Espinosa