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About this course

The Early Childhood and Childhood General Education programs prepare you to work with children in early childhood (birth-grade 2), childhood (grades 1-6) and across the broad age range of pre-school through 6th grade in the dual certification program. You will become a teacher who deeply understands children, who can create exciting and responsive curricula, and who has strong skills in working with colleagues and families.

You will discover that classrooms are exciting places where children learn best when they are engaged in exploring the wonder of the world around them. Through fieldwork and course work, you will integrate theory and practice, building a sound foundation in human development, subject matter pedagogy, and the historical, philosophical and cultural contexts of contemporary education. Most importantly, you will learn about the wonderful mix of excitement and security that a sensitive and imaginative educator brings to the classroom and how it can launch children on a lifetime of learning.

Entry Requirements

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.

Additional Requirement:

  • 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 (at least 3.0) and references.
  • Breadth and depth in courses in liberal arts and sciences as required by New York State Department of Education.
  • Applicants to the Early Childhood General Education program with Purchase College, SUNY must have a GPA of 3.0 overall and in the early childhood courses taken at Purchase College, SUNY.