• Early Childhood Education Option

    The Liberal Arts Early Childhood Education Option is designed for students who are interested in pursuing teaching children from birth through Grades 2 as a career and who plan to transfer to Brooklyn College.

  • The Early Childhood Education Option is coordinated by the Education and Language Department and is designed for students who are interested in teaching children Birth through Grade 2. This Option provides a clearly defined academic path that leads to continued study at a four-year college. Successful completion of LaGuardia's Associate in Arts (AA) degree requirements in the Early Childhood Education Option can result in admission to the Professional Sequence at Brooklyn College, Department of Early Childhood Education leading to the New York State Initial Certificate in Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 2).

  • In support of the LaGuardia’s mission to educate and graduate its students to become critical thinkers and socially responsible citizens, the College has undertaken a team approach toward advising, designed to support you in your major from orientation through graduation.

    Your Advising Team is made up of faculty, professional and peer advisors. They will guide you at every step during your college career. They are ready to help you:

    • Explore your major
    • Select introductory and advanced courses
    • Connect you with campus support services
    • Prepare an educational and career plan

    Visit the Advising page to learn more about when to get advised and how to prepare for an advising appointment, and check out the Advising Calendar for information sessions, events and more.


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    The Early Childhood Education Option was established as a response to a predicted teacher shortage nationwide. This shortage is envisioned as being particularly acute among minority teachers, especially in the City of New York. The Liberal Arts Options in the Education program are also designed to respond to the shortcomings within the teaching profession itself by combining a strong Liberal Arts course of study with an early experiential component. The program provides a broad intellectual foundation and an understanding of the world we live in, its history, diversity and cultures.


    Preschool teachers are required to have an associate’s degree and Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 2 Elementary School teachers are required to have a bachelor’s degree in addition to state certification; New York City public school teachers are required to obtain a master’s degree. Private schools have various degree and certification requirements. The Liberal Arts: Early Childhood Education Option at LaGuardia will prepare you for continued studies to earn a four-year degree.


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    Please note: Students will be held to the program and degree requirements of the year that they enter the College, unless the student changes their major in a different academic year. In that case, the student will be held to the current year requirements as listed in the catalog. Learn more.

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    Use the Degree Map and DegreeWorks to assist in academic planning and creating your own graduation plan in ePortfolio. See a full list of Flexible Core courses on the Pathways page.

    For information about this program’s retention and graduation rate visit the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment website page.

    Fieldwork hours in a New York City public school (Pre-K-Grade 2) or a New York State Approved Childcare Center are required in Education Program core courses. See course descriptions for number of fieldwork hours required in each course. These fieldwork hours are designed to integrate theory and practice. Fieldwork hours at LaGuardia will partially satisfy New York State Certification Requirements. The intent of fieldwork component is to involve students in the educational life of the classroom, to let them experience a variety of school settings and to learn beginning skills in a teaching role. Through this experiential component, students will have the opportunity to clarify their personal goals, gain insight into the teaching profession and make informed career decisions about continuing in the field of urban education. For further information please contact the Education Program Fieldwork Coordinator.

    Beginning Spring 2018, all Education students at LaGuardia Community College must be registered in the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) Personnel Eligibility Tracking System (PETS) database specifically for LaGuardia Community College students and Fingerprinted by the NYCDOE before registering for an education course. Click here for New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) Fingerprint Verification and Security Clearance Requirements.