The Warner School’s early childhood teacher education programs prepare individuals interested in teaching children birth through age 8 in NYS public schools and/or other contexts (such as childcare centers and after-school programs throughout the world). Graduates of our program become early childhood teachers who play a pivotal role in the development of young children and lay the foundation for a lifetime of interest in learning.
Children learn more quickly during their first five years than at any other time in life. Early childhood teachers are some of the most important teachers as they help young children develop a love for learning during these formative years that impacts their lives for years to come. They directly impact how their students develop learning skills as well as social and emotion abilities. And, they believe young children are learning every day and they enjoy every stage of early development.
Whether you are interested in working in a public school in NYS, or a community-based early childhood center or a public or private school, or owning your own child care business, our early childhood program will prepare you to work with children from birth to age 8 and to play a key role during the formative years in determining their future.
Interdisciplinary in both content and process, coursework and field experiences prepare our students to have a deep understanding and strong foundation of early childhood development in the areas of language, cognitive, social emotional, and physical development. Throughout the program, they explore current research on early childhood curriculum in the areas of literacy, science, mathematics, and social studies, and they gain a deep understanding of these subjects they teach and the skills and understanding of teaching, learning, and development needed to help all children develop to their fullest potential. They gain a strong understanding of how children develop within the context of a family, community, and society and what impact this has on development, as well as an in-depth analysis of human development during the early childhood years. These experiences prepare dedicated, creative, and motivated teachers who are capable of supporting the learning and growth of young children at whatever rate they are developing.
Our graduates are critically reflective practitioners who understand children and their needs, and they have the ability and interest to see beyond themselves to delve into a young child’s world. They are compassionate teachers who help children make sense of the world around them and support them when they make mistakes. And, they develop meaningful relationships with children’s families and support their learning as well.
At the heart of our work in early childhood education is a commitment to social justice and equity. Our graduates lead efforts to advocate for full inclusion of all students in heterogeneous learning environments that value diversity and maintain high expectations based on students’ individual strengths, needs, and interests.
Non-certification program for early childhood teachers:
This program has been designed for individuals who are not interested in obtaining or eligible to obtain New York State (NYS) teaching certification – as they are planning to teach early childhood students (between birth to age 8) in international, private or charter schools, or other informal learning settings, such as day care centers, camps, clubs, or after-school programs. As such, this option does not include field experiences or student teaching, and has more flexibility in terms of curriculum and electives.