Bachelor of Science in Education in Early Childhood & Childhood Education: Birth - Grade 6


Program Description

The only offered in New York State, our generalist concentration allows you to become a preschool or elementary school teacher, fully versed in all subject areas.

Future generations are counting on their educators to inspire, motivate, and help navigate through challenges in this increasingly competitive world. The only institution in New York offering a generalist concentration, choose Medaille's education program for a rich, varied, and unparalleled learning experience. Upon earning your bachelor's degree, you will enter the workforce more knowledgeable and prepared to educate in all content areas, and become eligible for MYSED certification in two areas: Early Childhood Education (Birth through Grade 2) and Childhood Education (Grades 1 through 6).

"The education program at Medaille has given me so many opportunities to grow as a future educator and learn how to be a successful teacher. The courses that I have taken in my time at Medaille have been so informative and have provided me with all of the foundational knowledge and skills that are necessary for an aspiring educator."

Kelsey Beres '19

Prepare yourself to teach in all content areas with our generalist concentration, the only offered in New York State.

New York State requires that students in teacher preparation programs pursue an academic concentration of study (e.g. English, math, science). At Medaille College, rather than requiring a student to choose one area of focus, we offer a generalist concentration that best prepares our students to teach English language arts, math, science, and social studies in prekindergarten through sixth grade. The concentration is complemented by additional courses from the general education and liberal arts and sciences curriculum, empowering students to take:

  • English - 21 credits (7 courses)
  • Mathematics - 15 credits (5 courses)
  • Social Studies - 12 credits (4 courses)
  • Science - 9 credits (3 courses)

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What else sets Medaille's childhood education program apart?

  • Future Teachers Club, rooted in principles of education, as well as professional and social development.
  • Close mentoring relationships with faculty.
  • Continue at Medaille to complete your master's degree in education in just 16 months (four semesters)! Choose from:
    • M.S.Ed. Elementary Education
    • M.S.Ed. Adolescent/Secondary Education
    • M.S.Ed. Literacy
    • M.S.Ed. Students with Disabilities


Required Major Core Coursework

  • CIS 175 Technology Applications in Education (3 credits)
  • EDU 207 DASA Seminar (requires co-registration with EDU 210) (0 credits)
  • EDU 210 Educational Foundations (requires co-registration with EDU 201) (3 credits)
  • EDU 223 Educational Psychology (3 credits)
  • EDU 240 Literacy I: Language Development and Pre-Emergent Literacy (3 credits)
  • EDU 241 Literacy II: Emergent to Early Readers and Writers (3 credits)
  • EDU 242 Literacy III: Transitional to Fluent Readers and Writers (3 credits)
  • EDU 340 Child Abuse and School Violence and other Current Issues in Education
    Requires co-registration with ESP 230 (0 credits)
  • EDU 370 Methods of Language Arts with Children’s Literature (3 credits)
  • EDU 371 Methods of Mathematics (3 credits)
  • EDU 372 Methods of Science and Technology (3 credits)
  • EDU 373 Methods of Social Studies and Creative Arts (3 credits)
  • EDU 375 Strategic Literacy Instruction for Diverse Learners (3 credits)
  • EDU 378 Field Experiences and Seminars (3 credits)
  • EDU 478 Student Teaching (B-6)/Seminar (12 credits)

Teacher Education Clinical Experiences

This exciting opportunity provides students the opportunity to learn through hands-on experiences, with the support and mentorship of classroom teachers and college instructors.


Students enrolled in the B.S.Ed. Early Childhood/Childhood program are required to complete a minimum of 150 field experience hours, prior to student teaching. These field experience hours are embedded over several courses and must be completed prior to the culminating experience of student teaching.

Student Teaching

This is the culmination of the educational preparation process. It is where students have the opportunity to utilize the knowledge and skills gained through coursework at Medaille College, with the support of a classroom associate teacher and college supervisor. Medaille College student teachers participate in two full-time, eight-week teaching placements.

Medaille Fits Your Life

At Medaille College, we understand the challenges of being a working adult with high career aspirations. That’s why Medaille’s Adult & Graduate programs are designed specifically to fit your already busy schedule. With Medaille, you can earn your degree and still have time for work and family. Medaille College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

  • Personalized support.
  • Guaranteed classes.
  • Collaborative learning environment.
  • Financial aid and scholarships are available.
Last updated Oct 2020

About the School

Medaille College is a private, nonsectarian four-year college with campuses in Buffalo, Rochester and online. Medaille focuses on your success as a student and as a future professional by offering und ... Read More

Medaille College is a private, nonsectarian four-year college with campuses in Buffalo, Rochester and online. Medaille focuses on your success as a student and as a future professional by offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs in hands-on, practitioner-based learning environments on campus and in the Western New York community. Read less
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