Bachelor of Science in Childhood Education


Nyack’s Bachelor of Science in Childhood Education prepares students for New York State certification to teach children from birth to grade six. Our program has reciprocity with virtually all other states, allowing our graduates to teach outside of New York State with relative ease. Candidates are also certified by ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International).

Why Study Childhood Education at Nyack?

Nyack’s biblically based program is highly regarded by Christian, public, charter, and private schools for the quality of its graduates with regards to their intellect, pedagogy, and disposition. In addition, our program:

  • Leads to New York State initial certification

  • Leads to Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) certification

  • Offers a Christian-centric study of education for grades 1–6

  • Strongly emphasizes diverse and inclusive clinical experiences

  • Offers overseas student teaching options

  • Offers Global Service-Learning opportunities

  • Is taught by highly qualified and experienced Christian faculty

What Will I Study?
  • What it means to be a Christian teacher for grades 1–6

  • Diverse clinical experiences

  • Cognitive, moral, and social child development from a Christian perspective

  • The historical, social, and philosophical foundations of education

  • Research-based pedagogical instructional strategies and assessments across disciplines

  • Accommodations for diverse populations

Career Opportunities

In addition to being prepared to work in the typical classroom context, graduates of this program will develop valuable twenty-first century skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, and communication. Media and technology applications are stressed. Other career opportunities include but are not limited to:

  • After-school program teacher/coordinator

  • Curriculum and program development

  • International and domestic ministries

  • Mentoring or coaching

  • Research

  • Sales representatives for educational materials

  • Teaching/training in grade 1–6 contexts

  • Working with youth in agency-based contexts

  • Writing

Our Graduates

Our graduates have found career opportunities in the following areas:

  • Director of curriculum and instruction, K–12 school

  • Director of ESL program

  • Elementary classroom teacher

  • Enrichment teacher

  • Outreach academic coordinator for children’s ministries

  • Salvation Army staff

  • Staff advisor for robotics club

  • Track coach
​Key Faculty

Dr. Christine Buel

Associate Professor of Education
Phone: 4541
B.S. Nyack College; M.S. C.W. Post Center, Long Island University; Ph.D. Northcentral University

Dr. Dion Harrigan

Professor of Education
Phone: 4545
B.A. University of the Southern Carribean; M.Div. SDA Theological Seminary, Andrews University; M.A., Ph.D. Andrews University

Dr. Jo Ann Looney

Dean of School of Education
Phone: 4542
B.A. Rosemont College; M.A. William Patterson University; Ed.D. Seton Hall University

Miriam Velez

Assistant Professor of Education
Phone: 6127
B.A. University of Puerto Rico; M.S. Long Island University

Dr. Marie White

Associate Professor of Education
Phone: 6129
B.A. Gordon College; M.A. Empire State University; M.A. CUNY Graduate Center; Ph.D. CUNY Graduate Center


Specialized Accreditations: ACEI (Association for Childhood Education International) reviewed by CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation); ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International); NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education) 

Concentrations:  Communication and the Arts; English; English with TESOL emphasis; Health and Science; Math/Science/Technology; Social Studies


“Being a great teacher requires that you understand the different ways students learn and connect ideas. Throughout my experience in Nyack’s Childhood Education program, classes were geared towards just that—a myriad of teaching and learning styles shared by my professors that provoked critical thinking, compelling discussion, great stories, and even laughter. I felt at home at Nyack, and I want my future students to experience that same atmosphere of challenge and acceptance.” M. Varano, Class of 2015