May 28, 2024  
Mercy College 2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
Mercy College 2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Behavioral Science and Childhood Education, Grades 1-6, B.S. and M.S.

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Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Science

General Liberal Arts and Science  
General Education Requirements 60 credits
Behavioral Science and Early Childhood Education Undergraduate Courses  36 credits 
Open Electives 9 credits
Childhood Education Graduate Courses Completed for B.S. degree 15 credits 
Total 120 credits

Master of Science in Childhood Education, Grade 1-6

Course work completed during B.S. degree 15 credits
Course work completed during M.S. degree 21 credits
Total 36 credits
Total combined B.S. and M.S. 141 credits

New York State requires completion of the following undergraduate Prerequisites for students seeking the Childhood Education, Grades 1–6 Certification, which will fulfill part of the General Education requirements:

Mathematical Processes 6 credits                       
Scientific Processes* 6 credits
Historical and Social Sciences    6 credits 
Language other than English 3 credits 
Information Retrieval 3 credits 
Communications/Humanities/Written Analysis and Expression 3 credits 
Artistic Expression 3 credits 

A course in Child Development is required. PSYN 254  is acceptable.
*Coursework in Environmental Science, Evolution, Nutrition or Plants and People is not acceptable for teacher certification requirements.

For specific major requirements please refer to the Behavioral Science section of this catalog listed within the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

The Childhood Graduate Courses that must be completed for the B.S. degree are the following:

  • EDUC 500 - Educational Foundations from Diverse Perspectives
  • EDUC 502 - Foundations in Education for Students with Disabilities from Birth through Adolescence
  • EDUC 505 - Teaching English as a Second Language
  • EDUC 507 - Approaches to Literacy in Early Childhood through Adolescence
  • EDUC 514 - Working with Parents and Families of Children, in Early Childhood and Childhood

The above 15 credits are taken as an undergraduate student as part of the B.S. degree program. The remaining 21 credits are taken as a graduate student after receiving the B.S. degree and after meeting the admission requirements for acceptance into the master’s degree program. Please see the Graduate catalog for course descriptions.

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