Elementary & Early Childhood Education Curriculum & Courses

Requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Elementary & Early Childhood Education

The elementary education/early childhood education undergraduate degree is registered in New York and accredited by NCATE, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

The following table summarizes all requirements for a Bachelor of Science in elementary/early childhood education. For an overview of a particular course, click on its title. Our 
Course Descriptions page lists all education courses. For one possible breakdown of the major by semester, see the Plan of Study.

 Requirements    Credits 
 Elementary & Special Education 58
     EDUC 201. Introduction to Teaching
3
     EDUC 210. Human Development and Learning
3
     EDUC 220. Basic Instructional Design
3
     EDUC 220L. Basic Instructional Design Lab
0
     EDUC 305. Music, Art and Physical Education in the Elementary School 
3
     ECED 240. Foundations of Early Childhood Education
3
     ECED 420. Curriculum & Assessment of Early Childhood Education
3
     SPED 230. Introduction to Special Education
3
     SPED 440. Curriculum Adaptation and Instruction for Students with Special Needs
3
     SPED 340. Classroom and Behavioral Management
3
     SPED 460. Communication and Collaboration Skills for Educators
3
 Field Block 1  
     EDUC 304. Methods, Models, and Management of Instruction  3
     EDUC 310. Methods for Teaching Elem. Social Studies and Language Arts 
3
     EDUC 312. Developmental Reading
3
 Field Block 2  
     EDUC 401. Diagnostic and Prescriptive Reading 
3
     EDUC 425. Organization and Assessment for Elementary Classrooms 
3
     EDUC 430. Methods for Teaching Elementary Science, Math and Technology
3
Student Teaching (Two 7-week placements)  
     ED/ECED 490. Elementary Student Teaching: Primary/Early Childhood
5
     EDUC 491. Elementary Student Teaching: Intermediate 
5
   
 Academic Concentration - choose one area 14-17 
 Choose either English or Math/Science/Technology or Social Studies. 
 See Academic Concentration, below, for the courses for each concentration.
 
   
 Certification Requirements  12
     MATH 111. Mathematics for Elementary Education I
3
     MATH 112. Mathematics for Elementary Education II 
3
     United States History (choose one; both 3-credit courses): 3
         HIST 201. United States History to 1865 or  
         HIST 202. United States History Since 1865 
 
     Natural Science Course 3
   
 Foreign Language
 6
   
 Clare College (Core Curriculum at St. Bonaventure) † 36 
      CLAR 101. The Intellectual Journey
3
      CLAR 110. Composition & Critical Thinking I 3
      CLAR 111. Composition & Critical Thinking II
3
  Core Area Courses:  
      CLAR 103. Foundations of the Western World
3
      CLAR 105. Inquiry in the Social World
3
      CLAR 206. Foundational Religious Texts in the Western World
3
      CLAR 207. The Catholic Franciscan Heritage
3
      CLAR 208. World Views
3
      CLAR 209. Arts and Literature
3
      CLAR 302. Inquiry in the Natural World & CLRL 302. (Lab)
4
      CLAR 304. The Good Life
3
      CLAR 401. The University Forum
2
   
 First Year Experience
1
      UNIV 101. Skills for the Good Journey 1
   
 TOTAL  127
† The Clare College curriculum also includes a three-credit quantitative reasoning requirement. Childhood studies majors satisfy this requirement by passing any of the mathematics courses listed in the above table under Certification Requirements.

Academic Concentration

Choose one concentration from among English, Math/Science/Technology (MST), and Social Studies. Within the concentration, take 30 credits of courses, as indicated below. Note that the courses include several of the requirements listed in the table above.


Contact Information 
If you wish to apply to this program please contact the St. Bonaventure University Admissions Office at 1 (800) 462-5050 for admission materials. 

For more information regarding elementary/early childhood education, please contact
Dr. Nancy Casey, Chair
Plassmann Hall B48, St. Bonaventure University
St. Bonaventure, NY 14778
(716) 375-2141  

Plan of Study for a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
Leading to Dual Certification in
NY: Childhood Education, 1-6 & Early Childhood Education, B-2

This sequence illustrates how requirements can be met in a four-year program. Changes in the sequence of the plan of study below may be desirable, but these must be made in consultation with the student's academic adviser. Click on any linked course to see its full title and description. A list of all education courses is found on our Course Descriptions page. 

 ◄ FIRST YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester   Credits   Spring Semester    Credits 
CLAR 110 3 CLAR 111
  3
MATH 111 3 MATH 112   3
CLAR 101 or HIST 201 3 CLAR 101 or HIST 202   3
Foreign Language 3 Foreign Language   3
EDUC 201 or SPED 230
3 EDUC 201 or SPED 230
  3
UNIV 101 Concentration elective

3
Total 16 Total

18
 
 ◄ SECOND YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester   Credits   Spring Semester    Credits 
EDUC 210 3 ECED 240   3
Core Area Course
3 CLAR 302 & CLRL 302
  4
Core Area Course 3 Core Area courses   3
Natural Science Course 3 Concentration Electives   3
Concentration Elective 3 Concentration Electives
3
Total 15 Total
16
 
 ◄ THIRD YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester    Credits   Spring Semester    Credits 
EDUC 220 & EDUC 220L 3 FIELD BLOCK 1  
SPED 440 3    EDUC 304   3
Core Area Course 3    EDUC 310   3
Core Area Course 3    EDUC 312   3
Concentration Elective 3 SPED 340   3


ECED 420   3
EDUC 305
   3
Total
15
Total   18
 
 ◄ FOURTH YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester    Credits   Spring Semester    Credits 
FIELD BLOCK 2 3 STUDENT TEACHING   
   EDUC 401 3 ED/ECED 490   5
   EDUC 425
3 EDUC 491   5
   EDUC 430 SPED 460   3
Core Area Course EDUC 099D   0
Concentration Elective (if needed)

CLAR 401      
Total
14-17
Total
  13

NOTES:
 1.) Field Block courses must be taken together in the same semester. 2.) Field Blocks 1 and 2 must be completed prior to student teaching. 3.) No additional courses may be taken during student teaching semester.