Apr 05, 2020  
Catalog 2020-2021 
Catalog 2020-2021

Education Studies

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: Jay Meeks, Kim Stein

Early Childhood Center Teachers: Jennifer Kingsley-Smith, Krista Reinhart, Mary Ellen Towne

Department Overview

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
S.A.V.E. 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.


Major Requirements


Minor Requirements




Course Listing

ED 217 - Multicultural Education  
ED 338 - Teaching Elementary Science  
ED 375 - Senior Thesis in Education Studies: Advanced Topics and Research in Education