The Education Program at LaGuardia Community College prepares individuals interested in transferring to education programs at four-year institutions or in pursuing paraprofessional positions in the school system. The program prepares knowledgeable, caring individuals to teach in diverse communities through coursework in educational foundations, language and literacy development, child development, and fieldwork. Students study effective instructional models, with an emphasis on student-centered and culturally relevant methods, and explore resources for curriculum development and instruction.
The programs have two internships that are accompanied by a cooperative education seminar designed to integrate theory and practice. The LaGuardia internship will satisfy the 100 hours of experience working with children required for admission to the Childhood Education Program at Queens College. The intent of the internships 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.
Students in these programs are required to complete a Liberal Arts major along with the education co-major at Queens College. Queens College offers a large number of liberal arts 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.
Students in the Childhood Education program must have a grade of B in at least one course in each of the core content areas: Math, Science, Social Studies and English Language Arts. They also must maintain a minimum overall cumulative average of 2.75 in order to begin study in this program at Queens College. While a GPA of 2.75 is the minimum requirement for consideration, IT DOES NOT GUARANTEE admission to this program at Queens College.
The Education Associate: Bilingual Child Program is designed for students interested in pursuing teaching as a career with a focus on second language learners. The program is coordinated by the Education and Language Acquisition Department and awards the Associate in Arts (AA) degree. Since the program 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. Through the Cooperative Education internships, students will complete 160 hours in a school setting giving them many opportunities to observe teachers in their classrooms. In addition, students will take a seminar focusing on principles of bilingual education that will familiarize them with current practice.
The Bilingual Child program is articulated with City College's major in Childhood Education. Upon transfer, students are expected to complete a Liberal Arts major and a co-major in education. There- fore, students should consult with a faculty advisor in the selection of elective courses to ensure maximum transferability of credits taken at LaGuardia Community College.
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 deter- mined by their scores on the College placement test.
Please refer to the 2015-2016 catalog for the latest list of course offerings. Also the course schedule for an upcoming semester can be found on the CUNYFirst schedule of classes (Choose "Institution" and "Term". Then, type the course subject (e.g., ESL, ESR, ELJ, etc.). Select "Undergraduate LaGuardia CC" in Course Career and uncheck "Show Open Classes Only". Finally, click on "Search".)
The jointly registered AA/BS Program in Liberal Arts/Childhood Education is designed for students who plan to transfer to the Queens College Division of Education. The program can lead to admission to Queens College upon successful completion of LaGuardia's Associate of Arts (AA) degree requirements in Liberal Arts. The joint program provides a clearly defined academic path that leads to New York State provisional certification in teaching children, grades 1 through 6. It also ensures that the students' course selections at LaGuardia will simultaneously satisfy degree requirements at Queens College. Students in this program are required to complete 64 credits.
All students who are not in the 2015-2016 curriculum should talk to an Education faculty member.
The Education Associate: Bilingual Child Program is a two-year program that prepares students to meet the critical need for professionally trained teaching support personnel in schools comprised largely of Spanish-speaking first-to-sixth graders. Administered by the Department of Education and Language Acquisition, the program awards the Associate of Arts (AA) degree and transfers to The City College of New York.
Students admitted to the program must demonstrate written and oral proficiency in Spanish equivalent to ELS105, Spanish for Fluent Speakers I. (See the section on Modern Languages Requirement for important information pertaining to the exemption of credit.)
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 60 credits in this program.
Pre-Pathways and Pathways curricula
All entering first-time freshmen in Fall 2013 and those who changed their majors after Spring 2013 are required to follow the Pathways curricula.
In addition to the Education Major, students in Childhood Education at LaGuardia must complete a concentrated area of study. The selection of a concentration depends on the academic level (i.e., elementary). For students interested in the Bilingual Child Program, their concentrated area of study is Spanish.
Students in Childhood Education must complete 5 credits in a Concentration/Co-Major from designated Liberal Arts Electives. Upon graduation from LaGuardia and admission to Queens College, students will pursue a Liberal Arts and Science Co-Major in the same concentration declared at LaGuardia, along with the Elementary and Early Childhood Education Co-Major. The designated LaGuardia Concentrations/Co-Majors areas for this program are: Biology, Chemistry, English, History, Mathematics, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, and Urban Studies.
For advisement relating to the selection of Co-Majors/Concentrations, students should visit the Department of Education and Language Acquisition.
The Liberal Arts Secondary Education (Teacher Transfer) Option is coordinated by the Education and Language Acquisition Department and are designed for students who are interested in pursuing teaching as a career. The programs can lead to admission to articulated CUNY four-year colleges 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.
These two programs are 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. These programs 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. These programs provide a broad intellectual foundation and an understanding of the world we live in, its history, diversity and cultures.
The programs have two internships that are designed to integrate theory and practice. The intent of the internships 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.