About Monroe College
Monroe College was founded in 1933 with a single goal: To educate men and women for a successful future. Monroe is recognized as a leader in providing a focused, career-oriented, quality education that integrates classroom learning with real-world experience. Monroe offers a range of certificate, associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. Monroe is more than a college. It is a family, a future, a path to your career. Students, instructors, and staff work together to reach their goals and to have each other’s backs. Monroe works with you to jumpstart your career from day one. The practical skills you learn, your internships, the relationships you build with employers in your field — they’re all focused on your future. At Monroe, everyone’s got your back. You’ll be given the information and skills needed to empower you, solve problems and make decisions in the real world. You’ll be better positioned to compete in the marketplace and forge a path of your very own. Monroe’s faculty and staff are wholly committed to your success. They will be your mentors, your advocates, your champions, and your cheerleaders, from the day you apply until the day you graduate and beyond. Rest assured, you will never feel lost in the crowd at Monroe.
Monroe′s education program, taught by dedicated faculty, combines pedagogy and content knowledge to make sure you are a well-trained, skillful teacher. Your course load is a challenging mix of academics with guided fieldwork every semester to give you opportunities to practice what you’re learning in real classrooms. But don’t worry: your professors and cooperating teachers will be there to guide you every step of the way. The Early Childhood Education degree places emphasis on the needs of children from birth to grade 2 in urban districts. Balance your rigorous course load with on-the-ground experiences in classrooms and you’ll graduate ready to be a New York State-certified teacher. Qualified candidates can study tuition-free.
Mentored fieldwork placements are an important part of Monroe’s Early Childhood curriculum. We believe there is no better way to learn but to observe a real teacher in the classroom immediately upon entering our program. You will be assigned to a teacher your very first semester, and complete several more internships before you graduate.
Your Future Career in Early Childhood Education
Well-educated early childhood teachers are in demand, especially in high-needs, urban areas. Some typical jobs for Monroe graduates include:
- Public or Private Universal Pre-K Teacher
- Public or Private Early Childhood Teacher (Kindergarten, Grade 1, or Grade 2)
- Full Time