Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood/Childhood Education


Nyack’s Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood/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 (The Association of Christian Schools International).

Why Study Early Childhood/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 (ASCI) certification

  • Offers a Christian-centric study of education (birth to grade six)

  • Strongly emphasizes diverse and inclusive clinical experiences

  • Offers overseas student teaching options

  • Offers Global Service-Learning opportunities

  • Employs highly qualified and experienced Christian faculty

What Will I Study?
  • What it means to be a Christian teacher in birth to grade six contexts

  • 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 many 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

  • Early childhood center director

  • Family support specialist

  • International and domestic ministries

  • Mentoring or coaching

  • Research

  • Sales representatives for educational materials

  • Teaching/training in birth to grade six contexts

  • Working with youth in agency-based contexts

  • Writing

Our Graduates

Our graduates go on to work in a variety of contexts. For example:

  • Childcare center director

  • Children's fitness instructor

  • Domestic missionary

  • Early intervention specialist

  • Head Start teacher

  • International au pair

  • Preschool or elementary teacher

  • Special Education itinerant teacher

  • Universal pre-kindergarten teacher
​Key Faculty

Dr. Jo Ann Looney

Dean of School of Education

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

Dr. Christine Willard

Associate Professor of Education

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


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Specialized Accreditations:  ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International); NCATE (National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education); NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children; ACEI (Association of Childhood Education International through CAEP)

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


“I loved Nyack’s Early Childhood/Childhood Education program because it has been such a great opportunity for me to gain deep experience in all the ages that I love—ages two through twelve. That makes me so much more marketable as a teacher, and I'm thankful for that.”  Michele Longarino, Class of 2016