About this course
The Childhood General Education and Teaching Literacy program provides you with certification to work in classrooms 1st - 6th grade and in Literacy settings birth - 6th grade. This program is right for you if you hope to work with children either as a classroom teacher with a focus on reading and language arts or as a reading and literacy specialist, and if you do not have prior certification in either early childhood education or elementary education.
The criteria described here apply to applicants for all graduate degree programs. Applicants should consult specific degree program descriptions on this site for additional requirements and prerequisites. Bank Street College seeks applicants who demonstrate the following:
- A GPA of 3.0 (B average) or higher in an undergraduate degree from a nationally accredited college or university.
- An aptitude for completing graduate-level coursework and academic projects of substantial scope and depth, as well as a capacity for making positive contributions in their professional lives.
- Sensitivity to others, flexibility, self-awareness, and a willingness and capacity to engage in self-reflection.
- Positive interpersonal skills in relationships with both children and adults.
- A healthy motivation and commitment to learning and to children.
Additional Admissions Criteria for Programs Leading to Certification
- Programs leading to initial certification in New York State require that applicants meet breadth and depth distribution in the liberal arts and sciences, including depth of at least ten courses in one liberal arts and science major or area of concentration. Students missing a course prerequisite will need to complete any undergraduate or graduate level course in the subject(s) required, as outlined in the acceptance letter, within their first year at Bank Street.
- Programs leading only to professional certification require that applicants have, or be working toward, New York State initial certification. Those who hold certification from a state having reciprocity with New York need to apply for New York State certification when applying to this program.
- Mature, self-aware and committed individuals who are excited about teaching and learning. There is an expectation of an ability and willingness to be reflective about one's own practices and work with children.
- Excellent academic record and references.
- Breadth and depth in courses in liberal arts and sciences as required by New York State Department of Education.