• Pre-Teaching Magnet

    Program Overview

    The Pre-Teaching Magnet provides students with the opportunity to prepare for a career in urban education and earn college credits. Additionally, upon successful completion of the program, students will earn a Career and Technical Education seal from New York State on their diploma.

    Students in the program will learn about and practice the unique skills required to be a successful educator in a diverse urban environment.  They will develop an understanding of teaching and learning through hands-on lessons, work-based experiences, and specialized coursework.  Completion of these requirements fulfills initial Early Childhood coursework towards an A.A.S. degree at Westchester Community College.  The Early Childhood program at W.C.C. is designed to prepare competent and thoughtful professionals for a career in a variety of school settings.  Opportunities include positions at childcare centers, Pre-Kindergarten, public schools K-2nd grade, Head Start, infant and toddler programs, nursery schools, and in family child day care. If students choose to pursue a New York State Teacher Certification, they can utilize the transfer program pathways that W.C.C. has with either Lehman College or Mercy College.


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  • Welcome to Foundations of Early Childhood Education.

    Course Description

    This course examines the historical, philosophical, and cultural roots of the Early Childhood Education movement and its influences on contemporary practices. The course is designed to help students develop a set of beliefs that will enable them to create environments that nurture democracy and foster a sense of community. Opportunities for investigation are at the center of environments that are responsive to children’s experiences. Consideration is given to the important role of families in education and the teacher/family relationship. Emphasis is placed on responding to the call for culturally and ethnically sensitive teaching practices within the full range of human differences. Students will engage in fieldwork experience in a Montessori classroom. Students will continue to develop the components of a working portfolio to be ready for publication upon the completion of the program.


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  • Welcome to CL Early Childhood Education. This is a college link course in which a student can earn high school and college credit for successful completion of the course requirements.
    The focus of the course is early childhood education. In this course we will explore development and the process of change from birth through the primary years. We will learn about and engage in a critical analysis of major developments, theories, and their impact on childrearing and educational practices. We will examine the influence of context and culture on children's development. Themes will include the active role of the child, identity development, the child as a maker of meaning, and nature and nurture.
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  • Welcome to Introduction to Education.

    This is a college preparatory course in which we will study Montessori philosophy and ideology and pedagogy and practicum.  We will work on developing skills for college readiness as well as engaging in developing leadership, organization, and communication skills.  We will work on community building skills and engage in community service. We will engage in a study of diversity and equity in education and in society.

    Assignments will be posted in Schoology and will be submitted in Schoology.  Students may send me messages in Schoology or e-mail me at sgovernali@yonkerspublicschools.org with any questions or concerns. 

    Parents should ask their children for their Schoology log in information, log in and read posted assignments, announcements, and messages.  Parents are encouraged to communicate with me by sending me e-mail at sgovernali@yonkerspublicschools.org. Additionally, I encourage parents to download the Schoology App and the Power School App on their cell phone if they have one.  This will give you access to communicate with me and to check assignments and submissions from any location.

    I am very excited about the year ahead.  I look forward to meeting you and this great learning experience that lies before us.  I am so glad we are on this journey together.  At YMA we are "Better Together".


    Ms. Governali

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