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About Early Childhood Education at Keuka College

Keuka College’s unified early childhood/special education program will prepare you to teach a diverse child population as you take coursework and gain practical experience, all leading to certification in both early childhood and special education for birth to grade 2.

You'll learn to apply developmentally appropriate teaching methods, and lesson plans to fit the skills and cognitive level of children in their earliest years. As classrooms become increasingly multifaceted, you’ll understand how age, differing rates of development, and sociocultural background play a pivotal role in how children learn.

Combine your classroom instruction with at least two Field Period™ internships at the childhood level, and you’ll be ready for student teaching...and soon for your own classroom.

Early Childhood Education Program Highlights

Subject Matter Expertise

Focus your studies on one of eight subject areas, including American Sign Language, child and family studies, and mathematics, to name a few.

Test the Waters

Explore teaching in a classroom setting during your first semester through our annual Field Period™ program.

Shaping Each Student

Gather the tools needed to help your students learn based on their learning style and natural abilities.

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Program Overview

As an early childhood/special education major, you will be prepared for certification to teach children from birth through second grade in regular and special education settings. You’ll learn and apply principles and practices that are developmentally appropriate to each student’s age, personal skills and the individual sociocultural context he or she has experienced.

Building on this foundation, you will learn to understand the responses of each child to help smooth their transition to formal schooling. This degree will prepare you to teach a diverse child population, with opportunities for employment in schools, agencies and other settings.

You can choose concentrations in art, American Sign Language, English, child and family studies, global studies, mathematics, Spanish, or science.


The education faculty at Keuka College are world-­class teachers and scholars who get to know you on a personal level. They strive to help you fulfill your potential, so you can enter your own classroom fully prepared to teach students at the level of your choosing.

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Global Education

Students pursuing an education degree have myriad opportunities for international travel. Each year, education professors lead group Field Period™ trips abroad.

On campus, you have the chance to live, study, and interact with students from such countries as China, Vietnam, South Africa, and Curacao. Joining the Keuka College International Club (KCIC) or the Multicultural Student Association will further enhance your global interconnectedness.

If you are interested in doing something a little different than teaching in a traditional American classroom, register for the brand new Teaching English Abroad minor.

With classes such as multiculturalism and social justice, globalization, and educational psychology, adding an Education minor to any program will give you the ability to be adventurous after graduating.


There are many ways to get involved outside the classroom at Keuka College. Hone your skills in education with extracurricular clubs and honor societies such as:

  • Childhood Education Club
  • Council for Exceptional Children/Special Education Club (CEC/SPED)
  • Education Club
  • Lambda Theta Lambda, Education Honor Society


The Teacher Education Program at Keuka College is awarded TEAC accreditation by the Inquiry Brief Commission of Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) for a period of seven years, from 2013-2020. The accreditation does not include individual education courses offered to P-12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes.

The College does not award teacher certification, the New York State Education Department is the only entity that does that.

At the successful completion of all requirements for the major and degree, the college recommends the candidate for certification. The candidate is responsible for fulfilling all certification requirements, which include: major requirements, fingerprinting, certification exams and application for certification.

In cases where the candidate is non-matriculated, or is seeking an additional certification, the candidate is responsible for applying for that certification through a state-recognized certification office.

In all cases, state requirements for certification include:

Anticipated Testing Requirements

Certificate Applying for certification and will have completed all requirements on or before 4/30/2014 Applying for certification on or after 5/1/2014
Initial Teaching Assessment of Teaching Skills—Written (ATS–W)
Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST)
Content Specialty Test (CST)
Educating All Students Test (EAS)
Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST)
Content Specialty Test (CST)

TEACH Certification Application Process

For those candidates who received the TEACH grant, more information about the TEACH certification application process is available from the New York State Office of Teaching Initiatives.

New York State Teacher Certification Results

For the 2013-2014 year, the most recent year for which results are available, the following pass rates were earned. These scores based on a three-year cohort and includes retakes.

Exam Pass Rate
Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST) 73%
Educating All Students (EAS) 100%
Students with Disabilities Content Specialty Test (SWD CST) 97%

Admissions Policy

Prospective students intending to major in unified childhood/special education, unified early childhood/special education, or in adolescent education in English, mathematics, biology, chemistry, or social studies should declare their intention upon entering Keuka College, but may transfer into an education program if they have enrolled in a different program.

At the end of their sophomore year or after their first semester as a junior transfer, candidates must achieve the following conditions:

  • A grade of at least C+ in ENG 112: College English II, or its equivalent
  • An overall GPA of at least 2.5 and a GPA of at least 2.75 in Education courses. Adolescent majors need a GPA of at least 2.75 in their content courses.
  • A grade of at least C in EDU 105 Education of Diverse Learners, or its equivalent.

Requirements for Student Teaching

To be eligible for placement in student teaching, a student must have an overall grade-point-average (GPA) of 2.75, and a GPA of 3.0 in all education courses. In addition, adolescent education majors need a concentration GPA of 3.0. This level must be attained one semester prior to the student teaching placement. The candidate must have successfully completed the education Field Period requirements.

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