Chair of the Department of Education Studies: Hope Casto
Associate Professor: Hope Casto
Assistant Professor: Joan Swanson
Visiting Assistant Professor: Marisol Diaz
Accreditation Officer and Visiting Assistant Professor: Virginia Lee
Lecturer and Director of Skidmore Early Childhood Center: Mary Ellen Towne
Lecturer: Laura Ficarra
Field Placement Coordinator, Certification Officer, and Visiting Assistant Professor: Jay Meeks
Field Supervisors: Virginia Lee, Patricia Ruff
Early Childhood Center Teachers: Krista Reinhart, Heather Retell, Mary Ellen Towne
The Education Studies Department’s content core and pedagogy build upon the knowledge base and core abilities gained from studies in the liberal arts and sciences. Education Studies majors and minors are prepared to enter careers in education and/or to continue on to graduate studies. The department’s mission is to develop competent, knowledgeable, and reflective educators, who are capable of meeting the diverse learning and developmental needs of students within varied learning contexts. Education Studies graduates will be able to teach the New York State Learning Standards, to think through complex educational situations, to make effective teaching decisions, and to communicate ideas to students, colleagues, parents, and concerned citizens.
A constructivist philosophy informs and directly affects the teaching of the Education Studies Department faculty. Students are challenged to construct, to participate in, and to take responsibility for their own learning and continued professional development. Students integrate theory into practice at increasing levels of responsibility and sophistication during field placement experiences.
The Education Studies curriculum is designed to foster the following core knowledge, abilities, and commitments: delivering the content knowledge of childhood education programs; utilizing a constructivist model in instruction; applying critical thinking and problem solving skills; practicing communication and social interaction skills; integrating assessment and evaluation into reflective teaching practice; promoting cross cultural perspectives; facilitating social justice and equity for all students; and contributing as professional leaders.
The successful completion of a major in Education Studies prepares students as candidates for an initial New York State certification in childhood education (grades 1-6).
Policies and Procedures
Admission: Students will declare an Education Studies major through a two-stage process beginning with the declaration of the major in the sophomore year. In stage one the student declares the major and their chosen minor field of study, thus the student enters as an Education Studies (non-certification) major. Declaration of the major signifies a commitment to applying for the certification program. In the fall of the junior year, stage two of the process entails the student applying to enter the certification program. (For any student not admitted to the certifiation track, a change of major is reccomended; however, a student could remain in the EDSN (non-certification) major.) Entrance into the certification program is determined based on a holistic review, including GPA (cumulative and major coursework), SAT/ACT scores (to be reported to the College), writing samples, interview, and instructor recommendations that assess preparation for the major and professional dispositions. More detailed information on the acceptance criteria are available from the Department.
Students who successfully complete the teacher education program, four workshops required by the New York State Education Department, and are recommended by the college will, upon graduation, be eligible for New York State certification. The New York State Teacher Certification Examinations are also required by the New York State Education Department to be eligible for the New York State Initial Certificate. (The initial certificate will be in childhood education, grades 1-6.) The initial certificate is valid for five years. An extension of one year may be granted if the certificate holder is completing a master’s degree or a higher degree program that is required for the professional certificate.
Candidates applying for certification are required to complete the following exams and workshops:
Child Abuse Identification and Prevention Workshop
Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention Workshop
D.A.S.A. Training Workshop
Educating All Students Test (EAS)
Revised Content Specialty Tests (CST)
Note: Changes in regulations enacted by the New York State Board of Regents and the State Legislature modify and take precedence over the above certification procedures.
Early Childhood Center:
The center is a lab school affiliated with the Education Studies Department. As a lab school, its mission includes service to children and their families, the education of college students, and research. The faculty and staff have expertise in the supervision of college students’ lab experiences and in the design and implementation of learning experiences for young children. Skidmore students, who may participate through academic programs, the Work Study Program, or volunteerism, have the opportunity to observe academic theory applied and tested in the real world. The center operates a prekindergarten class and classes for three- and four-year-old children.
ED 217 - Multicultural Education
ED 338 - Teaching Elementary Science
ED 375 - Senior Thesis in Education Studies: Advanced Topics and Research in Education