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Elementary and Early Childhood Education


 Special Programs

Teacher Sabbatical Program:
Content Area Literacy Across the Curriculum
This program addresses challenges faced by elementary school teachers to provide rigorous, standards-based instruction across the content areas of science, math and social studies. Emphasis is placed on aligning content in these subject areas with national standards (Common Core State Standards in ELA and Mathematics, Next Generation Science Standards, The College, Career, and Civic (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards) and state and New York City scope. The emphasis is on bringing a disciplinary perspective into the classroom, enabling teachers and students to think like a scientist, mathematician, and historian. Drawing on the Elementary and Early Childhood Education Department’s long-term commitment to literacy instruction and children’s literature, courses also introduce quality fiction and nonfiction literature as well as strategies for using oral and written language to learn. All courses are designed to provide teachers with up-to-date knowledge in elementary education and practical strategies for applying this knowledge.
Who This Program Is For:
This program is for elementary school teachers in New York City schools who have been awarded a sabbatical for the academic year. To apply you must have a master’s degree and be certified in Childhood Education (Grades 1-6).
Program Requirements:
The Sabbatical Program consists of five 3 credit courses and 1 credit of independent study, for a total of 16 credits. Students are expected to maintain a B average in the program.
Required Courses
EECE 796 Exploring Problems in History Through Literature (3 cr.)
EECE 797 Queens County as a Learning Lab (3 cr.)
EECE 750 Modern Learning Technologies (3 cr.)
EECE 798 Reading and Writing for Learning in Science (3 cr.)
EECE 799 Exploring Mathematical Ideas Through Literature (3 cr.)
EECE 800 Workshop in Education (1 cr.)
This program does not lead to a NYS teaching certification.
Other Information:
This program is designed to reflect the New York City Board of Education’s requirements for approval of an application by an eligible teacher for a sabbatical. These requirements specify an integrated program with courses offered during a normal board of education school day.
Completion of the course of study will result in a Certificate of Advanced Study. 

To Apply:
Applicants must meet the following admissions requirements:

  • Be a New York City Board of Education appointed teacher in the elementary grades who is applying for sabbatical leave
  • Have an earned Master’s Degree
  • Have teacher certification in Childhood Education (Grades 1-6)


 Program Coordinator


Dr. Theodore Kesler
Office: Powdermaker Hall 054
Phone: 718-997-5183

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