Department Information

Chair:
Kimberly Rombach, Chair and Professor
Education Building, Room 1241
Phone: 607-753-2706
Fax: 607-753-5976
Email:
kimberly.rombach@cortland.edu
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Program Details

Childhood Education (1-6) [EDC] (Major)

The childhood education major prepares students to become elementary school teachers in grades 1-6. Students learn to develop curriculum in all areas of the New York State Learning Standards. For more information about this program, contact the Childhood/Early Childhood Education Department.

Career Potential

  • Elementary school teacher
  • Educational resource coordinator
  • Sales representative in training and educational programs

A. College-wide and General Education Courses: 50 credit hours

Foreign Language (six credit hours)

  • COR 101 - The Cortland Experience: A First Year Seminar (1 cr. hr.)
General Education Program
GE 1: Quantitative Skills
  • MAT 101 - Concepts of Elementary School Mathematics I (3 cr. hr.) and
  • MAT 102 - Concepts of Elementary School Mathematics II (3 cr. hr.)
GE 2: Natural Science
  • SCI 141 - Integrated Earth Science and Biology (4 cr. hr.). and
  • SCI 142 - Integrated Physics and Chemistry (3 cr. hr.)
GE 3: Social Sciences
  • PSY 101 - Introductory Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
GE 4: United States History and Society
  • HIS 200 - The United States to 1877 (3 cr. hr.) or
  • HIS 201 - The United States Since 1877 (3 cr. hr.)
GE 5: Western Civilization

Any GE 5 course

GE 6: Contrasting Cultures
  • ANT 102 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3 cr. hr.) or
  • GRY 120 - Cultural Geography (3 cr. hr.) or
  • GRY 125 - Human Geography and Global Development (3 cr. hr.)
GE 7: The Humanities

Any GE 7 course

GE 8: The Arts

Any GE 8 course

GE 9: Foreign Language

Program Requirement: foreign language through the 102 level (six credit hours)

GE 10: Basic Communication

Select either

  • CPN 100 - Writing Studies I (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 102 - Writing Studies in the Community I (4 cr. hr.) and
  • CPN 101 - Writing Studies II (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 103 - Writing Studies in the Community II (4 cr. hr.)
    Additionally, select one course fulfilling the Presentation Skills Requirement.
GE 11: Prejudice and Discrimination

Any GE 11 course

  • FSA 103 - Gender, Race and Class Issues in Education (3 cr. hr.) (recommended)
GE 12: Science, Technology, Values and Society
  • ECE 315 - Critical Media Literacy: Values, Education and Society (3 cr. hr.)
GE 13: Natural Science - Second Science Requirement
  • SCI 141 - Integrated Earth Science and Biology (4 cr. hr.). and
  • SCI 142 - Integrated Physics and Chemistry (3 cr. hr.)
B. Professional Preparation and Pedagogy Courses: 50 credit hours
Pre-Professional Block: six credit hours
  • LIT 371 - Teaching Elementary School Reading and Language Arts I (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 231 - Child Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
Methodology Block I: 16 credit hours
  • EDU 315 - Critical Media Literacy: Values, Education and Society (3 cr. hr.)
  • EDU 373 - Teaching Elementary School Mathematics (3 cr. hr.)
  • EDU 374 - Teaching Elementary School Science (3 cr. hr.)
  • EDU 378 - The Social and Academic Curriculum I (3 cr. hr.)
  • EDU 379 - Inquiry into Curriculum, Technology and Teaching (3 cr. hr.)
  • PED 245 - Activities for Children (1 cr. hr.)
Methodology Block II: 18 credit hours
  • EDU 479 - Integrated Curriculum Planning, Technology and Practicum (3 cr. hr.)
  • EDU 480 - The Social and Academic Curriculum II (3 cr. hr.)
  • FSA 400 - Foundations of Education: The School in American Society (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 265 - Health and the Child (3 cr. hr.)
  • LIT 372 - Teaching Elementary School Reading and Language Arts II (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPE 270 - Introduction to Special Education (3 cr. hr.)
Methodology Block III: 13 credit hours
  • EDU 490 - Student Teaching I (6 cr. hr.)
  • EDU 491 - Student Teaching II (6 cr. hr.)
  • EDU 492 - Seminar in Student Teaching (1 cr. hr.)
C. Approved Childhood and Early Childhood Concentrations

30-31 credit hours with a minimum of 18 credit hours at the 300 and 400 level.

Approved concentration requirements are listed in the Childhood and Early Childhood program requirements. If a second major is selected as an alternative to the 30-credit hour concentration, the requirements will be listed in the academic department of the second major.

I. Environmental Studies Concentration [EST]

31 credit hours, with a minimum of 18 credit hours at the 300 level or above

A. Required Environmental Studies Core: 13 credit hours
  • EST 100 - Introduction to Environmental Studies (3 cr. hr.)
  • SCI 141 - Integrated Earth Science and Biology (4 cr. hr.).
  • SCI 142 - Integrated Physics and Chemistry (3 cr. hr.)
Select one additional course from the following:
  • BIO 110 - Principles of Biology I (4 cr. hr.)
  • BIO 111 - Principles of Biology II (3 cr. hr.)
  • BIO 201 - Biological Sciences I (4 cr. hr.)
  • BIO 202 - Biological Sciences II (4 cr. hr.)
  • CHE 121 - Elementary Chemistry I (4 cr. hr.)
  • CHE 122 - Elementary Chemistry II (3 cr. hr.)
  • CHE 125 - Chemistry and the Environment (3 cr. hr.)
  • CHE 221 - General Chemistry I (4 cr. hr.)
  • CHE 222 - General Chemistry II (4 cr. hr.)
  • ECO 105 - Political Economy and Social Thought (3 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 160 - Environmental Geology (3 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 171 - Earth Science (4 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 172 - Earth History (3 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 261 - Physical Geology (4 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 262 - Historical Geology (4 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 105 - Elementary Mechanics and Heat (4 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 106 - Elementary Electricity, Light and Sound (4 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 150 - Astronomy (3 cr. hr.)
  • POL 100 - Introduction to American Government and Politics (3 cr. hr.)
B. Natural Science Courses - select six credit hours at the 300 level and above from the following:

Please note: some courses listed below may require additional prerequisites.

  • BIO 307 - Field Natural History (3 cr. hr.)
  • BIO 310 - Field Biology (3 cr. hr.)
  • BIO 315 - Marine Biology (4 cr. hr.)
  • BIO 411 - Ornithology (3 cr. hr.)
  • BIO 412 - General Ecology (4 cr. hr.)
  • EDU 548 - The Adirondack Classroom (3 cr. hr.)
    a
    lso listed as EST 548
  • EST 486 - Seminar in Environmental Studies (3 cr. hr.)
    also listed as ENS 486
  • GLY 310 - Wetlands Analysis (3 cr. hr.)
    also listed as ENS 310
  • GLY 371 - Meteorology (4 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 397 - Physical Oceanography (3 cr. hr.)
  • GRY 327 - Computer Mapping (4 cr. hr.)
  • GRY 328 - Geographic Information Systems (4 cr. hr.)
  • SCI 304 - Plants and People (3 cr. hr.)
  • SCI 310 - Nuclear Weapons and Arms Control (3 cr. hr.)
  • SCI 320 - Science, Technology and Culture (3 cr. hr.)
  • SCI 325 - Biotechnology and Human Aging (3 cr. hr.)
C. Social Science Courses - select six credit hours at the 300 level and above from the following:
  • ANT 300 - Human Evolution and Survival (3 cr. hr.)
  • ANT 410 - Cultural Ecology (3 cr. hr.)
  • ECO 335 - Resource and Environmental Economics (3 cr. hr.)
  • GRY 301 - Science, Human Affairs and the Environment (3 cr. hr.)
  • GRY 315 - Ecotourism (3 cr. hr.)
    also listed as REC 315
  • GRY 324 - Introduction to Cartography and Geographic Information Systems (3 cr. hr.)
  • GRY 370 - Will the World Provide? A Research Experience for Students (3 cr. hr.)
  • GRY 400 - Geographical Analysis (4 cr. hr.)
  • GRY 425 - Geography in the Classroom (3 cr. hr.)
  • GRY 470 - Resource Geography (3 cr. hr.)
  • GRY 480 - United States (3 cr. hr.)
  • GRY 481 - Geography of New York State (3 cr. hr.)
  • GRY 482 - The Geography of Latin America and the Caribbean (3 cr. hr.)
  • GRY 484 - Geography of Europe (3 cr. hr.)
  • GRY 485 - Africa, South of the Sahara (3 cr. hr.)
  • GRY 486 - Geography of South and East Asia (3 cr. hr.)
  • GRY 520 - Maps in the Classroom (3 cr. hr.)
  • GRY 524 - GIS in the K-12 Classroom (3 cr. hr.)
  • GRY 580 - Historical Geography of North America (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHI 320 - Environmental Ethics (3 cr. hr.)
  • POL 308 - Environmental Law (3 cr. hr.)
  • POL 342 - Environmental Policy and Biodiversity (3 cr. hr.)
  • POL 345 - Adirondack Park Policies and Issues (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 310 - Wilderness and American Culture (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 379 - Outdoor Recreation Activities (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 402 - Management of Recreation Resources (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 415 - Tourism Planning and Development (3 cr. hr.)
    also listed as GRY 415
  • REC 462 - Environmental and Outdoor Education (3 cr. hr.)
    also listed as EDU 462
  • REC 476 - Wilderness Leadership Education (variable 1-12 credit hours)
  • SOC 340 - Environmental Sociology (3 cr. hr.)
D. Electives: six credit hours

Select six additional credit hours at the 300 level and above from those courses not taken to fulfill the Natural Sciences (B) or the Social Sciences (C) as listed above.

II. Humanities Concentration [HUM]

30 credit hours, with a minimum of 18 credit hours at the 300 level or above.

A. Required Humanities Core: 12 credit hours

Select one course from each of the groups below:

Philosophy - select three credit hours from the following:
  • PHI 100 - Introduction to Philosophy (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHI 135 - Introduction to Ethics (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHI 140 - Prejudice, Discrimination and Morality (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHI 201 - Ancient Social Philosophy (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHI 202 - Modern Philosophy (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHI 203 - Social Ethics (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHI 205 - Prisons and Punishment (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHI 235 - Aesthetics and Film (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHI 240 - Social and Political Philosophy (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHI 270 - Race and Racism (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHI 271 - Philosophy of Human Nature (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHI 272 - Utopias (3 cr. hr.)
Humanities - select three credit hours from the following:
  • ATH 120 - Backgrounds in Art (3 cr. hr.)
  • ATH 121 - Art in the Ancient World (3 cr. hr.)
  • ATH 122 - Art in the Modern World (3 cr. hr.)
  • ATH 223 - Art History III (3 cr. hr.)
  • ATS 101 - Drawing I (3 cr. hr.)
  • ATS 102 - Design I (3 cr. hr.)
  • ATS 103 - Painting I (3 cr. hr.)
  • ATS 104 - Ceramics I (3 cr. hr.)
  • ATS 106 - Sculpture I (3 cr. hr.)
  • ATS 107 - Printmaking I (3 cr. hr.)
  • ATS 108 - Fibers I - Surface Design (3 cr. hr.)
  • ATS 114 - Photography I (3 cr. hr.)
  • ATS 113 - Three-Dimensional Design (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 200 - Introduction to Literature (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 202 - Introduction to Fiction (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 203 - Introduction to Poetry (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 204 - Introduction to Drama (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 220 - Introduction to Western Literature I (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 221 - Introduction to Western Literature II (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 250 - Introduction to Jewish Authors (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 252 - Introduction to Modern American Multicultural Literature (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 256 - Introduction to American Indian Literature (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 257 - Introduction to Irish Literature (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 258 - Irish Women Writers (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 260 - Literature of Sports (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 261 - Introduction to Women in Literature (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 262 - War in Literature (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 263 - Ethical Issues in Literature (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 278 - Introduction to Film and Short Fiction (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 280 - Introduction to Mythology and the Bible (3 cr. hr.)
  • MUS 100 - Music in Western Society (3 cr. hr.)
  • MUS 101 - World Music (3 cr. hr.)
  • MUS 111 - Introduction to Music Theory (3 cr. hr.)
  • MUS 221 - Music History I (3 cr. hr.)
  • MUS 222 - Music History II (3 cr. hr.)
  • MUS 223 - Music History III (3 cr. hr.)
  • THT 100 - Introduction To Theatre Arts (3 cr. hr.)
  • THT 120 - Acting I (3 cr. hr.)
  • THT 161 - Theatre History I (3 cr. hr.)
  • THT 162 - Theatre History II (3 cr. hr.)
Select three additional credit hours from GE Category 7 - Humanities
Select three additional credit hours from GE Category 8 - The Arts
B. Humanities Electives at the 300 and 400 level : 18 credit hours
  • Select 18 credit hours at the 300 or 400 level in any of the following disciplines with the subject prefix:
    ATH, ATS, ATT, ENG, MUS, PHI, PWR, THT.
  • Additionally, EDUĀ 303 and COMĀ 436 may be used to fulfill this requirement.
III. Social Sciences Concentration [SOS]

30 credit hours, with a minimum of 18 credit hours at the 300 level or above.

A. Required Social Sciences Core: 12 credit hours
Select three credit hours from the following:
  • ANT 102 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3 cr. hr.)
  • ANT 201 - World Cultures (3 cr. hr.)
  • ECO 105 - Political Economy and Social Thought (3 cr. hr.)
  • ECO 110 - Principles of Macroeconomics (3 cr. hr.)
  • ECO 111 - Principles of Microeconomics (3 cr. hr.)
  • GRY 110 - Physical Geography (3 cr. hr.)
  • GRY 120 - Cultural Geography (3 cr. hr.)
  • GRY 125 - Human Geography and Global Development (3 cr. hr.)
  • GRY 221 - Social Geography (3 cr. hr.)
  • POL 100 - Introduction to American Government and Politics (3 cr. hr.)
  • POL 101 - Introduction to World Politics (3 cr. hr.)
  • POL 102 - Foundations of Democracy (3 cr. hr.)
  • POL 110 - Politics and Multiculturalism (3 cr. hr.)
  • SOC 100 - American Society (3 cr. hr.)
  • SOC 150 - Introduction to Sociology (3 cr. hr.)
Select three credit hours from GE Category 4 - U.S. History and Society
Select three credit hours from GE Category 5 - Western Civilization
Select three credit hours from GE Category 6 - Contrasting Cultures
B. Social Sciences Electives at the 300 and 400 level : 18 credit hours
  • Select 18 credit hours at the 300 or 400 level in any of the following disciplines with the subject prefix:
    ANT, ECO, GRY, HIS, POL, SOC.
Required Workshops

Complete the following workshops prior to student teaching:

  • Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting (CARR)
  • Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)
  • Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE)
Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 124

Example of the B.S. in Childhood Educ. with a concentration in Environmental Studies over four years

First Year
Fall Total credit hours: 16-17
  • Foreign Language - 101 level
  • COR 101 - The Cortland Experience: A First Year Seminar (1 cr. hr.)
  • CPN 100 - Writing Studies I (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 102 - Writing Studies in the Community I (4 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 101 - Concepts of Elementary School Mathematics I (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 101 - Introductory Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
  • SCI 142 - Integrated Physics and Chemistry (3 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 16-17
  • Foreign Language - 102 level
  • Select either ANT 102 or GRY 120 or GRY 125
  • CPN 101 - Writing Studies II (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 103 - Writing Studies in the Community II (4 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 102 - Concepts of Elementary School Mathematics II (3 cr. hr.)
  • SCI 141 - Integrated Earth Science and Biology (4 cr. hr.).
Second Year
Fall Total credit hours: 18
  • EST Elective (lower level)
  • EST - Natural Science Elective
  • EST - Social Science Elective
  • GE 11: Prejudice and Discrimination
  • EST 100 - Introduction to Environmental Studies (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 200 - The United States to 1877 (3 cr. hr.) or
  • HIS 201 - The United States Since 1877 (3 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 15
  • EST - Natural Sciences Elective
  • EST - Social Sciences Elective
  • GE 5: Western Civilization
  • GE 8: The Arts
  • HLH 265 - Health and the Child (3 cr. hr.)
Third Year
Fall Total credit hours: 15
  • EST Elective
  • EST Elective
  • GE 7: The Humanities
  • LIT 371 - Teaching Elementary School Reading and Language Arts I (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 231 - Child Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 16
  • EDU 315 - Critical Media Literacy: Values, Education and Society (3 cr. hr.)
  • EDU 373 - Teaching Elementary School Mathematics (3 cr. hr.)
  • EDU 374 - Teaching Elementary School Science (3 cr. hr.)
  • EDU 378 - The Social and Academic Curriculum I (3 cr. hr.)
  • EDU 379 - Inquiry into Curriculum, Technology and Teaching (3 cr. hr.)
  • PED 245 - Activities for Children (1 cr. hr.)
Fourth Year
Fall Total credit hours: 15
  • EDU 479 - Integrated Curriculum Planning, Technology and Practicum (3 cr. hr.)
  • EDU 480 - The Social and Academic Curriculum II (3 cr. hr.)
    • FSA 400 - Foundations of Education: The School in American Society (3 cr. hr.)
    • LIT 372 - Teaching Elementary School Reading and Language Arts II (3 cr. hr.)
    • SPE 270 - Introduction to Special Education (3 cr. hr.)

    • Spring Total credit hours: 13
      • EDU 490 - Student Teaching I (6 cr. hr.)
      • EDU 491 - Student Teaching II (6 cr. hr.)
      • EDU 492 - Seminar in Student Teaching (1 cr. hr.)