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Advisement for the Department of Early Childhood/Childhood Education


From the Chair, Nancy Dubetz

Nancy DubetzWelcome to the Department of Early Childhood and Childhood Education. As a faculty we are committed to preparing competent, qualified, and caring teachers for diverse urban settings. This commitment is expressed in detail in the School of Education's philosophical document entitled Lehman Urban Transformative Education (LUTE). The themes of the LUTE form the basis of our four programs leading to New York State teacher certification, and they help focus our work with teacher candidates, students, parents, schools, and other community organizations to enhance learning, recognizing that early education is the basis for later learning.

The Department of Early Childhood and Childhood Education prepares students for initial/professional New York State certification to teach children at the early childhood (birth to grade 2) and childhood (grades 1-6) levels and offers bilingual extensions for those who wish to work in multilingual settings.

If you are interested in any of our programs click here to fill out a form to get in touch with us. You should fill out this form if you are looking for general information about our programs, or Undergraduate / Graduate advising. Someone will be in touch with you within five business days. 

Our Programs

Minor to Masters Programs Leading to Initial Certification:

  • Minor to Masters Early Childhood (Birth through Grade 2) with/without bilingual extension
  • Minor to Masters Childhood (Grades 1 through 6) with/without bilingual extension
  • Minor to Masters Program Brochure (PDF)

Graduate Programs Leading to Professional Certification:

LEHMAN COLLEGE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION STUDENTS: GRE Fee Reduction Program! Please review the website information and attached forms: Information Sheet (PDF), Fee Reduction Request Form (PDF), Fee Reduction for Unemployed (PDF)

Advanced Certificate Program  Leading to a Bilingual Extension

If it is your dream to become an urban teacher at the early childhood or childhood levels, we hope that you will join our community where we each function as both teacher and learner.
Lehman gives teachers a focus on philosophy, trends, curriculum, methods, materials, and research in the field. The bilingual extension option adds the possibility of initial certification with an emphasis on the bilingual/bicultural child.

Our faculty are recognized for their scholarship and research and for their work with Bronx and suburban schools, where they address professional development needs and serve as resources for teachers. We strive to make classes interesting, use active learning strategies, and assign field-based learning experiences. We offer courses in hybrid, web-enhanced, and fully online platforms.

The New York Times has called Lehman the "most attractive of the CUNY colleges with some of its finest facilities." Our Information Technology Center is a pioneer in the field of distance-learning. Our Library has an extensive collection of children’s literature. Lehman students have free access to The APEX, a center for sports and fitness. And for the many Lehman students who drive, convenient campus parking is available in attended lots.