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    The Education Program houses 3 majors: Childhood, Secondary, and Bilingual Education. These majors were created 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 Education majors provide a broad intellectual foundation and an understanding of the world we live in, its history, diversity and cultures.  

    The Childhood and Secondary Education majors are designed for students who are interested in pursuing teaching as a career and who plan to transfer to either the Elementary and Early Childhood Education Department or the Secondary Education and Youth Services at Queens College, CUNY. The majors can lead to admission to Queens College upon successful completion of LaGuardia's Associate in Arts (AA) degree requirements in Liberal Arts and provide a clearly defined academic path that leads to New York State provisional certification in teaching. They also ensure that the students' course selections at LaGuardia will satisfy degree requirements at Queens College.

    The Education Associate: Bilingual Child major is designed for students interested in pursuing teaching as a career with a focus on second language learners, and who want to transfer to City College, CUNY. This major is coordinated by the Education and Language Acquisition Department and awards the Associate in Arts (AA) degree. Since the major focuses on Spanish-speaking children, candidates for admission are expected to demonstrate oral and written proficiency in Spanish equivalent to ELS105 Spanish for Fluent Speakers 1.

    Students who need additional skill development in reading, writing, mathematics and communication will be required to take basic skills and/or ESL courses. These courses are not listed in the curriculum. The particular courses students must successfully complete are determined by their scores on the college placement test. In addition to any basic skill requirements, students must complete the required number of credits in each program.

    Due to recent New York State Teacher Education Requirements, there have curriculum changes across all three of the majors offered within the Education program; therefore, it is imperative that all education students consult a Faculty Advisor in the Education Program before selecting courses each semester.

    Bilingual Education majors interested in transferring to City College or other colleges to continue studies in Bilingual Education should consult with a Faculty Advisor in the Education Program as early as possible.

    Childhood Education majors interested in transferring to the Elementary and Early Childhood Education Department at Queens College should be aware of the following:

    Students in the Childhood Education major must have a grade of B in each of the core content areas: English, Social Science, Math, and Physical Science; no grade lower than a C is acceptable into the Queens College program. The transferability of grades lower than a C is determined by Queens College. Grades of B or better are required for ENG101 or ENG102. If a student does not take courses recommended in the Flexible Core at LaGuardia, they may have to take additional courses to complete their degree requirements at Queens College. Grades of B or better are required for all core courses in the Education Program.

    Students in these programs are required to complete a Liberal Arts co-major along with the education co-major at Queens College. Queens College offers a large number of liberal arts co-majors. Therefore, the Liberal Arts elective credits at LaGuardia should be taken toward a Liberal Arts major at Queens College and students should consult with an advisor before selecting electives.  

    Childhood Education majors interested in transferring to other colleges should consult with a Faculty Advisor in the Education Program.

    Secondary Education majors interested in transferring to the Secondary Education and Youth Services Department at Queens College should be aware of the following:

    Students in the Secondary Education major must have a grade of B in each of the core content areas: English, Social Science, Math, and Physical Science; no grade lower than a C is acceptable into the Queens College program. The transferability of grades lower than a C is determined by Queens College. Grades of B or better are required for ENG101 or ENG102. If a student does not take courses recommended in the Flexible Core at LaGuardia, they may have to take additional courses to complete their degree requirements at Queens College. Grades of B or better are required for all core courses in the Education Program.

    Students in these programs are required to complete a Liberal Arts co-major along with the education co-major at Queens College. Queens College offers a large number of liberal arts co-majors. Therefore, the Liberal Arts elective credits at LaGuardia should be taken towards a Liberal Arts major at Queens College and students should consult with an advisor before selecting electives.

    Secondary Education majors interested in transferring to other colleges should consult with a Faculty Advisor in the Education Program.


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