Teacher Education

Teacher Education

Early Childhood/Childhood Dual Program

Chair: Michele Marable, Ph.D.

Couple our two of our childhood education programs to broaden your professional horizons. Early Childhood and Childhood programs at Canisius are easily combined. In fact, many education majors obtain dual certifications.

The Early Childhood and Childhood program certifies graduates to teach children from birth through sixth grade. Teacher candidates can also add a middle childhood extension which allows them to teach additional grades levels within their chosen concentration to grade 9.

The professional sequence in the Early Childhood/ Childhood gives the prospective teacher a thorough foundation in the many facets of modern American education and a gradually increasing exposure to the realities of the classroom. A broad range of field experiences, from observation and tutoring to a full semester of student teaching, is an essential part of the curriculum. This program also includes an integrated sequence of subject-area courses offered by one or more of the academic departments at the college.

Additional Course Considerations
Childhood majors need to choose one of the following academic concentrations: Biology, Chemistry, English, Mathematics, Music, Physics, Science, Social Studies, French, German or Spanish. A list of concentration courses is available at

Major Electives
Candidates wishing to obtain an extension to teach grades 7-9 in their area of concentration (Biology, Chemistry, English, Mathematics, Physics, Social Studies, Spanish, French, and German) must take EMC 352 Human Growth and Social Development: Middle Childhood and EMC 391 Cognition, Learning, Assessment and Diagnostic Teaching: Middle Childhood in addition to the courses listed above. The Science and Social Justice concentrations do not lead to middle school certificate extensions.