Program Entrance Requirements

Effective Fall 2015

  • At least 24 college credits
  • Overall GPA of at least 3.0
  • Grades of "B" or better in Composition I & II (ENG160 & ENG180 or equivalent)
  • Fingerprint clearance noted on NYS TEACH account
  • Meet any entrance criteria set by the academic concentration department
  • Also:
    • Freshmen must successfully complete EDI293 Education Seminar (1 credit).
    • Sophomores and new transfer students must
      1. submit documentation of 30 hours of independent/pre-program fieldwork (classroom observations; paid or volunteer work with children in schools, camps, daycare centers; coaching; tutoring; etc.) and
      2. complete a 20-minute writing sample (to be evaluated by Elementary Education faculty for appropriate English grammar and usage).

Transfer Students

Due to the highly structured and sequenced nature of the Early Childhood & Childhood Education (B-6) program, students who intend to transfer to New Paltz must plan their transfer coursework carefully. Several General Education requirements should be fulfilled under advisement by specific courses that also serve as education prerequisites. Students in an AA/AS degree program should complete all, or nearly all, New Paltz education prerequisites prior to transfer, so that upon matriculation at New Paltz they may begin junior-year education methods courses.

Transfer students may use American Sign Language courses to fulfill their General Education and Early Childhood & Childhood Education foreign language requirements.

Approved Liberal Arts Majors

Students must complete an approved academic major (concentration). Transfer courses for which advanced standing has been given and which are comparable to those meeting major requirements or are appropriate to an individualized major may be acceptable under advisement.

Majors for Early Childhood & Childhood Education (B-6) Students

The majors for Early Childhood & Childhood Education students have been selected from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and are in direct accord with New York State Learning Standards:

  • Art History
  • Biology
  • Black Studies (historical core or language arts core)
  • Earth Science (Geology)
  • English
  • French
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Political Science
  • Spanish

These majors provide depth in a content area and a coherent sequence of courses with increased expectations of student performance. The courses are available to students in other programs of study as well as students in the Early Childhood & Childhood Education program.

Required Course Work

The required course work falls under three categories:

  1. Education course sequence
  2. An approved liberal arts major (concentration)
  3. General Education requirement

Education Course Sequence

The sequence described below is for a full-time student; the program may be taken on a part-time basis, however.

Years One and Two (27 Credits)
General Education requirements 1
Liberal Arts major (concentration) requirements 2
Foreign Language 1 & 2
Year Three (14 Credits)
General Education requirements 1
Liberal Arts major (concentration) requirements 2
Year Four (20 Credits)
Liberal Arts major (concentration) requirements 2
EED404 36
EED405 36

Political Science (B-6) Requirements

Required Courses (12 Credits)
Electives (24 Credits)
Select 24 credits of Upper-Division Electives 124
Total Credits36

This eight-semester plan (see important details) is intended to guide a first-year student through a four-year undergraduate career, with completion of an academic major and all college-wide degree requirements. The plan is designed as an advising tool – a starting point for careful discussions between a student and his/her academic adviser. In consultation, the student and adviser will adjust the plan to accommodate the student’s prerequisite needs, transferred credits, and other such variables.

Students are responsible for reviewing their Progress Reports each semester to track their own progress toward degree requirements.

Eight-Semester Plan
Year 1
Gen Ed: Composition (COMP) 3
EDI293 1
MAT140 1 3
Gen Ed: Foreign Languages (FLNG) 3
POL216 4
Gen Ed: Composition (COMP) 3
EDS371 2 3
MAT240 3
Gen Ed: Foreign Languages (FLNG) 3
POL227 4
Year 2
GEO273 3
EED371 3
EED415 3
POL229 4
EED370 3
EED412 3
Political Science Upper-Division Electives 6
Gen Ed: Natural Sciences (NSCI) 3
Year 3
EED375 3
SPE350 3
Gen Ed: Humanities (HUM) 3
EED301 1
Political Science Upper-Division Electives 6
EED380 6
EED302 Math, Science & Technology Fieldwork 1
Political Science Upper-Division Electives 6
Gen Ed: Western Civilization (WEST) 3
Year 4
EED376 3
EED379 3
EED303 1
Political Science Upper-Division Electives 6
Gen Ed: The Arts (ART) 3
EED404 6
EED405 6
EED406 1
 Total Credits122