Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) (BA)

Chair (fall): Michele Marable, PhD
Chair (spring): Barbara Burns, PhD

As of fall 2017,  new students are not being accepted into this program, however childhood education is available either as TESOL Childhood or Special Education Childhood majors


The Childhood Education program prepares teacher candidates to teach children in Grades 1-6.  Teacher candidates are required to complete major requirements that include pedagogical knowledge and methods that will prepare them to be successful as a teacher at this level.  Candidates must also complete general education coursework as identified in the Canisius College Core Curriculum, but also must select a 30 credit liberal arts concentration.  Candidate will have opportunities to practice in the field many times throughout their program, culminating with a 14 week student teaching experience where they are expected take over the class of a mentor teacher to hone their professional practice in preparation for their first teaching position after graduation.  More information can be found on the program webpage.


Students must meet the requirements at all transition points in order to graduate with an education degree and be recommended for teacher certification.


All students should have an advisor in the major and should contact the department directly to have an advisor assigned if they do not already have one.  Meetings with academic advisors are required prior to students receiving their PIN for course registration each semester. All majors should work closely with their advisor in discussing career expectations, choosing their major electives, developing their entire academic program and planning their co-curricular or supplemental academic experiences.

Double Majors

Students who wish to expand their educational opportunities may decide to declare a double major. The decision may be based on career goals or planned graduate studies. Before a student declares a double major, it is important to meet with the appropriate academic departments for advisement. Some double major combinations can be completed within the minimum 120 credit hour degree requirement, but in some cases additional course work may be required. In order to declare a double major, the student must complete the appropriate double major request form and get the signature of each department chairperson and the appropriate associate dean.  Please note that students will receive only one degree, regardless of the number of majors they complete.


An Ignatian Foundation

All undergraduate students must complete either the Canisius Core Curriculum or the All-College Honors Curriculum. Many schools refer to their college-wide undergraduate requirements as "general education" requirements. We believe that the core curriculum and the honors curriculum are more than a series of required classes, they provide the basis for a Jesuit education both with content and with required knowledge and skills attributes that are central to our mission.

Free Electives

Students may graduate with more but not less than 120 credit hours. Free electives are courses in addition to the Core Curriculum or Honors Curriculum and major requirements sufficient to reach the minimum of 120 credit hours required for graduation.

Major Requirements

EDE 100Human Growth and Development - Birth through Childhood3
EDE 121Introduction to Literacy, Children's Literature and the Arts3
EDU 122Technology in Education3
ECCH 221Emergent Literacy3
ECCH 222Literacy and the Arts in the Elementary Classroom3
EDU 250Foundations of Education3
EDE 311Teaching Science in Elementary Schools3
EDE 317Teaching Math in Elementary Schools3
EDE 331Teaching Social Studies in Elementary Schools3
SPE 341Inclusive Strategies3
EDE 390Cognition, Learning and Assessment - Birth through Childhood3
ECCH 412Managing the Early Childhood and Elementary Classroom3
ECCH 494Capstone Seminar for Teacher Candidates3
EDE 432Seminar in Teaching and Assessment3
EDE 493Student Teaching- Childhood12
EDU 495Child Abuse Workshop0
EDU 496Prevention of School Violence Workshop0
EDU 497Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) Workshop0
EDU 498Student Teaching Seminar3
Total Credits57

Major Electives

Candidates wishing to obtain an extension to teach grades 7-9 in their area of concentration (English, Mathematics, Social Studies, Spanish, French and German) must take EMC 352 and EMC 391 in addition to the courses listed below. The Science, Music, and Social Justice concentrations do not lead to middle school certification extensions.

Additional Course concentrations

Childhood majors need to choose one of the following academic concentrations: English, Mathematics, Music, Science, Social Studies, Social Justice, French, German or Spanish.

English Concentration

ENG 101Writing about Literature3
FYS 101Explorations of Academic Writing and Special Topics3
ENG 299Introduction to English Studies3
Two 200-level literature courses6
One pre-1900 American Literature course3
One pre-1800 British Literature course3
One Shakespeare course3
Two writing courses6
Total Credits30

Mathematics Concentration

MAT 111Calculus I4
MAT 112Calculus II4
MAT 219Linear Algebra4
MAT 230Logic, Set Theory, and Proofs4
MAT 311Abstract Algebra4
MAT 331Geometry3
MAT 351Probability & Statistics I3
Choose one of the following:3-4
Calculus III
Computer Science elective
Choose one of the following:3-4
Differential Equations
Math elective
Total Credits32-34

Music Concentration

FAM 115Fundamentals of Music3
FAM 119Masterpieces of Music3
FAM 210Keyboard Musicianship3
FAM 230
Music Theory I
and Music Theory I Lab
FAM 240
Music Theory II
and Music Theory II Lab
FAM 330
Music Theory III
and Music Theory III Lab
One Music Literature I course3
One Music Literature II course3
One Music elective3
Total Credits30

Science Concentration

GEO 325Introduction to Physical Geography3
BIO 111
Introductory Biology I
and Introductory Biology Laboratory I
BIO 112
Introductory Biology II
and Introductory Biology Laboratory II
BIO 211
Biochemistry and Cell Biology I
and Biochemistry and Cell Biology Lab I
CHM 111
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
CHM 112
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Laboratory
One physics course3
Two science electives6
Total Credits32

Social Studies Concentration

ECO 101Principles of Macroeconomics3
GEO 325Introduction to Physical Geography3
PSC 104American Political Process3
HIS 107History of Modern Europe to 18153
HIS 108History of Modern Europe since 18153
HIS 109History of Asia to 18003
HIS 123History of the United States: The Colonial Period to Reconstruction3
HIS 124History of the United States: 1877 to the Present3
HIS 254First Peoples3
One European or Asian/African/Latin American History elective3
Total Credits30

Social Justice Concentration

Foundations Course3
Social Movements and Social Change
Research Courses6
Social Research Methods
Qualitative Research Methods
Skills Classes (choose 2)6
Oral Communication
Interpersonal Communication
Small Group Communication
Metropolitan Economic Development and GIS
Leadership and Motivation
State and Local Politics
Four electives in your Focus - either Local (Urban) or Global12
Local (urban) Focus electives 2
New York State History
Social and Cultural Diversity
Social Policies 1
Children, Schools, and the Community
State and Local Politics
Contemporary Social Problems 1
Sociology of the City
Global Focus 2
Sociocultural Anthropology
Women In The Western World
Traditional Japan
Modern Middle East
Human Rights and Globalization
Social and Cultural Diversity
Children, Schools, and the Community
One course from the other focus (either Local or Global)
Total Credits30

 Students may take either HSV 301 or SOC 111 but not both.


The list of courses provided here only includes active courses at the time this catalog was prepared.  Additional classes that are added by other departments might also be used to satisfy this requirement.  If you think a class should count, please contact the chair of the Teacher Education Department.

French Concentration

Students will not be accepted into this concentration after January 29, 2018

FRC 215Intermediate French 3
FRC 217Intermediate French II3
FRC 323Topics in Conversation I3
FRC 324French Composition through Literature3
FRC 332Substance and Style: Effective Writing in French3
Five French electives15
Total Credits30


German Concentration

Students will not be accepted into this concentration after January 29, 2018

GER 215Intermediate German I3
GER 216Intermediate German II3
GER 323Topics in Conversation I3
GER 324Topics in Conversation II3
GER 331Substance and Style: Effective Writing in German I3
GER 332Substance and Style: Effective Writing in German II3
Four German electives12
Total Credits30

Spanish Concentration

SPA 215Intermediate Spanish 13
SPA 217Introduction to Spanish Composition 13
SPA 323Topics in Conversation I: Peninsular Culture and Conversation3
SPA 324Topics in Conversation II: Latin American Culture and Civilization3
SPA 332Advanced Spanish Composition3
Five Advanced-Level Spanish Classes15
Total Credits30

Students who begin language study at the 300-level may substitute additional electives in lieu of the intermediate (200) level courses.  Thus, students still will take 10 courses for the concentration.

Learning Goals & Objectives

Learning Goal 1 (KNOWLEDGE – Observed in Writing)

Candidates in the Teacher Education programs will demonstrate content knowledge, pedagogical, and professional knowledge necessary for successful performance in their field. 

Teacher candidates will: 

  • Acquire knowledge of each student, and demonstrate knowledge of student development and learning to promote achievement for all students.

  • Know the content they are responsible for teaching, and the pedagogical content knowledge to plan instruction that ensures growth and achievement for all students.

Learning Goal 2 (KNOWLEDGE – Observed Skills and Dispositions)

Candidates in the Teacher Education programs will demonstrate professional skills and dispositions necessary for successful performance in their field. 

Teacher candidates will: 

  • Demonstrate professional dispositions and implement instruction that engages and challenges all students to meet or exceed the learning standards. 

Learning Goal 3 (SERVICE)

Candidates in the Teacher Education programs will demonstrate willingness to use their skills to benefit and serve society. Within the contexts of their work, candidates promote authentic learning, social and emotional development, and a commitment to social justice in environments that foster respect for diversity and the dignity of all.

Teacher candidates will: 

  • Work with all students to create a dynamic learning environment that supports achievement and growth.

  • Use multiple measures to assess and document student growth, evaluate instructional effectiveness, and modify instruction for diverse learners. 


Candidates will demonstrate self-reflection as a habit of mind, continuously assessing and refining their professional practice as they construct a rich repertoire of research-based knowledge, skills, and attitudes for effective performance ensuring that all students and/or clients have optimal opportunities to learn and grow.

Teacher candidates will:

  • Set informed goals and strive for continuous professional growth.

Learning Goal 5 (LEADERSHIP)

Candidates will become adept at applying their acquired knowledge in the process of evaluating their own professional performance and decision-making with respect to its impact on students and/or clients, organizations, and the wider community.

Teacher candidates will:

  • Demonstrate professional responsibility and engage relevant stakeholders to maximize impact on student growth, development, and learning.


EDU 122 Technology in Education 3 Credits

Explores applications of technology in education. Emphasizes evaluation and selection of software, high and low-tech devices, distance learning and state of the art technologies that impact teaching.

Offered: fall & spring.

EDU 250 Foundations of Education 3 Credits

Addresses social, philosophical, legal, historical, organizational, theoretical perspectives on education, including multicultural perspectives. Highlights rights and responsibilities of teachers, students and others involved in education.

Fulfills College Core: Justice

Offered: fall & spring.

EDU 495 Child Abuse Workshop 0 Credits

Mandatory training by New York State Education Department for teacher certification. Held during the student teaching seminar.

EDU 496 Prevention of School Violence Workshop 0 Credits

Mandatory training by New York State Education Department for teacher certification. Held during the student teaching seminar.

EDU 497 Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) Workshop 0 Credits

Provides six hours of training on the components of the Dignity Act, how school climate impacts students achievement and behavior, understanding diversity and multi-cultural environments, and understanding bullying, harassment and discrimination, including indicators, early warning signs, prevention and intervention and how to interact with families of victims and aggressors.

EDU 498 Student Teaching Seminar 3 Credits

Student Teaching Seminar enhances the student teaching experience through opportunities to foster professional growth and guided reflection on planning, instruction and assessment of learning. The course provides a professional learning community to assist candidates in the transition to careers in teaching.

SPE 341 Inclusive Strategies 3 Credits

Highlights best practices in general education for students with disabilities. Illustrates current developments in special education. Emphasizes collaboration.

Fulfills College Core: Diversity

EDE 100 Human Growth and Development - Birth through Childhood 3 Credits

Introduces multiple dimensions of development including influence of family, culture and society. Examines physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioral theories and emphasizes education's role in promoting wellness.

Fulfills College Core: Field 5 (Social Sciences)

EDE 121 Introduction to Literacy, Children's Literature and the Arts 3 Credits

Focuses on the uses of children's books across all curriculum areas. Multicultural literature, authors, illustrators, genres and age-appropriateness are explored. Discusses basic approaches to literacy and the use of children's books in developing literacy. Emphasizes integrating the arts into the total curriculum.

Offered: spring only.

EDE 311 Teaching Science in Elementary Schools 3 Credits

Addresses objectives, curriculum, strategies, materials and evaluation necessary for teaching science. Emphasizes content, inquiry skills, problem solving and scientific attitude highlighting the NY State Standards. Includes 20 hours of field experience in Grades 1-6.

Offered: spring only.

EDE 317 Teaching Math in Elementary Schools 3 Credits

Addresses objectives, curriculum, strategies, materials and evaluation necessary for teaching mathematical concepts. Emphasizes content, inquiry skills and problem solving highlighting the New York State Standards.

Offered: fall.

EDE 331 Teaching Social Studies in Elementary Schools 3 Credits

Addresses the objectives, curriculum, strategies, materials and evaluation necessary for teaching social studies content. Emphasizes historic, geographic, economic, political and social concepts highlighting the New York State Standards.

Offered: spring only.

EDE 390 Cognition, Learning and Assessment - Birth through Childhood 3 Credits

Investigates theories of learning and current brain research. Integrates emotion and motivation and the neurological basis for learning. Analyzes formal and informal procedures for reporting student progress.

Offered: fall.

EDE 432 Seminar in Teaching and Assessment 3 Credits

Includes practica and seminars that focus on professional reflection and topics related to classroom management, increasing family involvement, teaching to higher standards and assessment at the childhood level. Requires 50 hours of field placement. Addresses objectives, curriculum, strategies, materials and evaluation necessary for teaching science. Emphasizes content, inquiry skills, problem solving and scientific attitude highlighting the NY State Standards. Includes 20 hours of field experience in Grades 1-6.

Fulfills College Core: Oral Communication

EDE 493 Student Teaching- Childhood 12 Credits

Highlights knowledge, skills, and dispositions of professional educators. Two full-time 7-week placements in childhood classrooms require candidates to become the instructional leader under the supervision of cooperating teachers and college faculty.

Prerequisite: signature of chair. Corequisite: EDU 494, EDU 497, & EDU 498. Restriction: must have 2.7 GPA or higher.

ECCH 221 Emergent Literacy 3 Credits

Examines theories of language development and implications for practice. Strategies are presented to facilitate emergent and developing literacy skills in young children and to develop fluent readers and writers throughout the elementary years. Includes twenty pages of polished prose including a literature review, literature project and lesson plans.

Offered: fall.

ECCH 222 Literacy and the Arts in the Elementary Classroom 3 Credits

Examines effective methods for assessing children's literacy skills and for developing targeted instruction that reinforces, remediates and/or enriches literacy learning. Issues related to the literacy learning of all children, including children with disabilities and children from linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds are examined. Research-based early intervention programs will be examined. Includes 30 hours of field experience in grades PreK-6.

Corequisite: ECCH 221.

ECCH 412 Managing the Early Childhood and Elementary Classroom 3 Credits

Develops understanding of how to build classroom communities and organize the classroom for student success. Discusses the importance of a proactive approach to prevent behavior problems and investigates a variety of classroom management strategies. Strategies for collaborating with diverse families and other professionals will be explored, including strategies for co-teaching.

ECCH 494 Capstone Seminar for Teacher Candidates 3 Credits

Complements student teaching for education majors. Includes activities that demonstrate how well teacher candidates can integrate theoretical principles and core attributes into the practical work of student teaching. Teacher candidates will complete readings, engage in classroom discussions and construct artifacts related to issues of diversity, ethics, global awareness and social justice. Each artifact will be presented and discussed in class and evaluated for content, effectiveness and illustration of specific core attributes.

Prerequisite: signature of chair. Corequisite: student teaching.

Fulfills College Core: Core Capstone