Life Science/Childhood & Early Childhood Education (B.S.)


This program leads to NYS certification to teach grades Birth-6 in the public schools. Students entering the program will graduate after four years with a Bachelor of Science degree in Life Sciences/Childhood & Early Childhood Education. Please see the Childhood & Early Childhood Education (B.S.) program page in the Catalog for a complete overview of the Academic Standards required for this academic program. [Life Science concentration = 31 credits]

Education Support Courses

Complete all of the following:

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Sub-Total Credits

Academic Standards

  • Cumulative GPA: to enroll in and remain in a Childhood & Early Childhood Education program, students must have and maintain an overall cumulative grade point average of 3.000 or higher.
  • Major GPA: students must achieve and maintain a major GPA of 3.000 or higher in all major course requirements prior to entry into the methods courses (EDU 300 level courses).
  • To be eligible for student teaching, a student must have achieved a 3.000 or higher cumulative average.
  • Students must earn a grade of “C” or higher (2.000) in all courses required in the major program (including support courses and concentration courses).
  • All students in education are required to subscribe to a designated portfolio system.

Middle Childhood Certification, Grades 7-9 (Optional)

Students desiring the Middle Childhood Certification in Natural Science must complete the Childhood & Early Childhood Education/Life Science requirements listed above and the following requirements:

Degree Completion Notes

  • Total credits required for a bachelor's degree (minimum): 120 credits
  • Cumulative GPA required for graduation (minimum): 3.000
  • Major GPA required for graduation (minimum): 3.000
  • 1/2 of major requirements must be completed at Sage (minimum)
  • Completion of all required General Education coursework

Suggested Course Plan

Year 1 - Fall (16 credits)
BIO 101 General Biology I with Lab
MAT 111 Math for Teaching and Learning I
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
RSC 101 Thriving at Sage
WRT 101 Writing in Community

Year 1 - Spring (16 credits)
BIO 102 General Biology II with Lab
EDU 201 Education and Society
MAT 121 Math For Teaching & Learning II
SCI 104 Physical and Earth Sciences
WRT 201 Researching in Community

Year 2 - Fall (16 credits)
BIO 110 Environ Issues
EDU 206 Educational Psychology
HST 105 or HST 106
Language Course or RSC 201
PHY 101 Gen Physics I with Lab

Year 2 - Spring (16 credits)
BIO 207 Genetics
CHM 103 Intro to Gen Chem with Lab
EDU 252 Learning, Lang & Lit
Language Course or RSC 201
PSY 208 Dev. Science

Year 3 - Fall (15 credits)
EDU 314 Social Studies Methods
EDU 337 Classroom Management
EDU 352 Adv Learning, Lang & Lit
PED 225 Wellness
General education course

Year 3 - Spring (15 credits)
EDU 323 Teaching Math, Science & Tech
EDU 306 Inclusive Teaching Strategies
EDU 412 Early Childhood B-2 Methods
ENG 268 Diverse Voices

Year 4 - Fall (12 credits)
EDU 401 Student Teaching B-2
EDU 402 Student Teaching 3-6

Year 4 - Spring (15 credits)
BIO 359 Research Methods
RSC 301 Innovation
SCI 120 Nutrition Science
General Education course
General/open elective

Total Credits