NYSCAS: New York School of Career and Applied Studies

Education Concentration


Bachelor Of Arts In Psychology With A Concentration In Education (130 Credits)


The Undergraduate Dual Education Concentration Program (ECP) is offered to NYSCAS students through Touro College's School of Education and Psychology. The ECP is for students who plan to pursue New York State teacher certification along with their bachelor's degree. Students who are interested in ECP should contact the Chair of Education at NYSCAS. Since education is not a major, students must also pursue a major in Psychology.

The ECP seeks to prepare elementary school teachers who have the knowledge and skills to create a productive learning environment in the classroom that reflects an understanding of New York State Learning Standards. ECP students are trained to monitor and assess student learning and address the special needs of students, including those from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds; and those from homes where English is not spoken; students with disabilities, as well as gifted and talented students.


ECP students may choose either of the following tracks:

a) Early Childhood, Birth-Grade 2; or

b) Childhood, Grades 1-6.


This is a dual program. Any student completing the ECP, whether on the Early Childhood or Childhood track, will meet the academic course requirements for New York State teacher certification in BOTH general education and special education.


Students who complete the Touro ECP successfully and who meet all current New York State Education Department (NYSED) requirements will be able to apply for Initial New York State Teacher Certification.


Requirements for ECP Admission.Students must:

  • have an overall GPA of 3.0 (B) or higher;
  • have a 3.3 GPA or higher in each education course;
  • have received a grade of "B" or better in both College Writing I and College Writing II;
  • establish writing proficiency by writing an acceptable short essay at the interview;
  • bring a current transcript to the interview.


Continuing Eligibility:

Students in the program must meet with an education advisor each semester before registering for any additional education or special education courses.


Core Requirements for Education Students:

Education concentration students must complete a modified core as follows:

(Please note that the Major/Concentration form in Education should be approved by the Education Department.)


Core Requirements (49-50 credits):

GCA 101 Public Speaking 3
GCA 153 Introduction to the Arts 3
GCO 122 Computer Literacy and Information Retrieval 3
GHS 205 Emergence of the Modern World 3
GLL 121 College Writing I 4
GLL 122 College Writing II 4
GLL 205 Emergence of Modern Literature 3
GSM 130 College Mathematics* 3
GSM 140 Statistics 3


One of the following: 3-4


GBE 101 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
GBE 102 Principles of Microeconomics 3
GHS 105 History of the U.S. from Settlements to 1877 4
GPL 200 Introduction to American Government 3
GPS 224 Psychology of the Family 3
GSO 121 General Survey of Sociology and Anthropology 4
(various) Ethnic or Judaic Studies 3

The following two Science courses with lab: 8


GPS 301 Experimental Psychology with Lab
GSB 111 Human Biology I with Lab


A language other than English** 6

Two courses in the same language, such as:


GLL 141 Spanish I
GLL 142 Spanish II


Approved Liberal Arts electives including (18-19 credits***):


GHS 450 American Cultural History 4
GLL 202 Introduction to American Literature 3
GLL 221 Expository Writing 3

Additional Liberal Arts electives 8-9

*If a student is exempt from College Math, he or she is required to take GSM 134, Pre-Calculus.


**Students who have passed a three-year New York State Regents examination in a foreign language are exempt from the six-credit ECP core language requirement, but must take six (6) elective credits to reach the 130 credit total.

***One-credit workshops or "topics" courses offered with any of the courses listed on pages 93-94 count as Liberal Arts.


General Education Core (both Early Childhood and Childhood Concentrations) (15 credits)

GED 201 Psychosocial Foundations of Growth, Development, and Learning, Birth ade 6 3
GED 380 Computers and Educational Technology in General Education and Special Education 3
EdSE 600 History and Philosophy of Education and Special Education 3
EdSE 640 Assessment of Individual Differences in General Education and Special Education: A Socio-Cultural Perspective 3
SpEd 602 Introduction to Special Education 3
GED 510 Seminar in Substance Abuse 0
GED 511 Seminar in Child Abuse 0
GED 512 Seminar on Child Safety Education 0
GED 513 Seminar on School Violence Prevention 0


General Education and Special Education Specific Concentrations (26 credits each)

Students may choose either track - Early Childhood or Childhood as follows:

Early Childhood, Birth to Grade 2 (26 credits):

GED 209 Foundations of Parenting 3
GED 311 Principles of Early Childhood Education 3
GED 312 Methodology of Early Childhood Education 3
GED 316 Language Acquisition and Emergent Literacy I Birth-Pre-K 3
GED 317 Language Acquisition and Emergent Literacy II K-Grade 2 3
GED 318 Field Experience and Student Teaching I 2
SpEd 313 Developmentally Appropriate Learning Experiences for Young Exceptional Children 3
SpEd 314 Addressing Challenging Behaviors of Young Exceptional Children 3
SpEd 418 Field Experience and Student Teaching II 3


Childhood, Grade 1-6 (26 credits)

GED 301 Teaching Reading and Language Arts, Grades 1-6 3
GED 302 Remediation of Reading Disabilities, Grades 1-6 3
GED 303 Teaching the Social Studies Spectrum Subjects, Grades 1-6 3
GED 304 Math, Science, and Technology: Teaching and Remediation, Grades 1-6 3
GED 306 Teaching the Arts and Physical Education, Grades 1-6 3
SpEd 309 Principles of Curriculum Development for Students with Disabilities, Grades 1-6 3
SpEd 310 Principles of Classroom Management for Students with Disabilities, Grades 1-6 3
EdSE 319 Field Experience, Grades 1-6 2
SpEd 419 Student Teaching, Grades 1-6 3


Students who concentrate in Education should choose Psychology as their major.

See below (22 credits):




Requirements for major (25 credits):

GPS 110 General Survey of Psychology 4
GPS 351 Biological Psychology 3
GPS 493 Advanced Topics in Psychology 3


Choose five electives: 15

The following Psychology courses are strongly recommended:

GPS 204 Child Psychology 3
GPS 224 Psychology of the Family* 3
GPS 231 Psychological Testing 3
GPS 325 Psychology of Minority Families 3
GPS 401 Psychology of the Exceptional Child 3

*If taken as part of the Education core, the student must select another elective.

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