The Department of Early Childhood and Childhood Education (E.C.C.E.) offers a 12-credit minor for any student who is interested in learning about the field of urban education, as well as teaching certification programs for the student who plans to seek a Lehman endorsement for an initial teaching certificate. Four programs offer initial teaching certificates: Early Childhood; Early Childhood-Integration of Bilingual Extension; Childhood; and Childhood-Integration of Bilingual Extension. The Lehman Urban Teacher Education (L.U.T.E.) Conceptual Framework that guides these teacher education programs was developed by faculty to provide a philosophical base for the faculty's work as teacher educators. It delineates what is valued by the Department as well as how teaching practices within the Department reflect those values. The Department's mission is to prepare competent, qualified, ethical, and reflective professionals for service to diverse communities. Within CUNY's tradition of access and excellence and Lehman's mission of service to the urban community, it is expected that teachers who study in these programs will bring respect for knowledge, diversity, caring, and justice to their work with children, families, colleagues, and local organizations that comprise the Lehman community.
Last modified: Oct 13, 2011