Early Childhood Education
Hunter’s Early Childhood programs prepare future graduates to create caring, enriching developmental and learning experiences in classrooms, homes and communities for children from birth to age eight. We are guided by the philosophy that all children have the inherent capacity to learn and grow in environments that foster creative thinking. Our students develop the theoretical knowledge and hands-on skills to support children across diverse cultures, abilities, settings, ages, and urban contexts. Through field observation, student teaching, and practicum, the programs in Early Childhood train all graduates to collaborate with team members, including families, to plan, implement and evaluate interventions that fit the needs of individual children.
Hunter graduates compete successfully in this growing field — they find positions in public, private, and community-based settings. Many go on to become leaders and change agents in their area of expertise, taking on leadership roles in schools, community-based organizations, municipalities/school districts, founding start-ups, or continuing on to doctoral work.
*Programs require Initial NYS Certification.
Programs in Early Childhood include:
Early Childhood Development and Learning: Diverse Children and Families – Severe/Multiple Disabilities (Early Childhood Special Education Dual Certification with Severe/Multiple Disabilities Annotation Extension)
Early Childhood Development and Learning: Diverse Children and Families- Severe/Multiple Disabilities for NYS Certified Teachers (Early Childhood Special Education Dual Certification with Severe/Multiple Disabilities Annotation Extension)*
Early Childhood Development and Learning: Diverse Children and Families- Severe/Multiple Disabilities for those with NYS Certification in Early Childhood Education (Early Childhood Special Education with Severe/Multiple Annotation Extension)*