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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.

The ECCE Undergraduate Minor
& Childhood Certification Sequences

From the Program Coordinator, Nancy Dubetz

As coordinator of the undergraduate minor in education, I would like to welcome you to the Department of Early Childhood and Childhood Education.  I invite you to come to my office to discuss your interest in children and their education and to fill out your minor declaration form if you choose to study with us.  Our minor is available as a college minor for those interested in child development, the communities in which children develop, urban education and social change, as well as the roles of teachers in urban schools.  The education minor is also required as the initial twelve credits for those interested in New York State Teacher certification.

  • The Early Childhood Education Program is for those interested in pre-K – 2nd grade education.
  • The Childhood Education Program is for those interested in 1st – 5th grade education.

Early Childhood Certification Sequences

From the Program Coordinator, Frances Rofrano

As coordinator of the undergraduate early childhood teacher certification sequence, I would like to welcome you to the Department of Early Childhood and Childhood Education.  I invite you to come to my office to discuss your interest in teaching young children, to plan your course sequence in the liberal arts and teacher education (the education minor and certification courses), and your application to the certification sequence.  I hope that you choose to study with us.