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Childhood/Elementary Teaching Certification Program

If you’re interested in teaching at an elementary level, we can help you earn the necessary certification, while also providing you with a liberal arts foundation that opens endless additional opportunities.

About the Program

The elementary certification program is offered at the undergraduate level only. The program leads to certification in grades 1–6. It combines a major in an academic field with courses in educational theory and practice. Students who complete the program will have a strong background in teacher education and a New York State–approved major from a department on campus. Colgate’s undergraduate childhood certification program is accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) for a period of five years from December 20, 2007, until December 20, 2012.

Students should begin the certification program as early as possible, but no later than the beginning of their sophomore year. Students must formally apply to the program by November 1 of their sophomore year, and it is strongly recommended that they apply during their first year at Colgate. Students must reserve the spring term of their senior year for student teaching, two teaching seminars, and an advanced course on the diagnosis and remediation of reading problems.

We also offer an adolescence/secondary teaching certification program, as well as a master of arts in teaching (MAT) program.
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Course Requirements

  • EDUC 101, The American School
  • One course from EDUC 305, 308, 310, 311, 312, or 418
  • EDUC 202, The Teaching of Reading
  • EDUC 204, Child and Adolescent Development
  • EDUC 306, Teaching and Learning, or EDUC 321, Educational Psychology, or EDUC 331, Teaching and Learning in the Schools
  • EDUC 307, Special Education

Introductory Fieldwork Practicum (100 hours)
  • EDUC 419, Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading Problems
  • EDUC 451, Seminar on Teaching English and Social Studies
  • EDUC 453, Seminar on Teaching Science and Mathematics
  • EDUC 455, Student Teaching
  • One laboratory science course in biology, chemistry, physics, geology, or astronomy
  • One American history course
  • One computer literacy course from COSC 100, EDUC 225, MATH 102/CORE 143, or PSYC 309
  • One mathematics course

Other Requirements
  • Fieldwork — 100 hours
  • Child abuse workshop (two hours of training in the identification of suspected child abuse/maltreatment)
  • Violence intervention and prevention workshop
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