Pace University’s School of Education and College of Health Professions Launch New Bachelor’s and Master’s Programs this Fall

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Meeting the growing need for specialists in early childhood education and nutrition

Pace University is launching a Bachelor of Science program in Early Childhood Education in lower Manhattan and in Westchester as well as a new Master of Science program in Nutrition and Dietetics at its campus in Pleasantville.

The Early Childhood Education program prepares students to support the learning and development of all young children and includes a cultural competence component to prepare students to better serve children who come from diverse backgrounds. The program works with family and community partnerships but also focuses on using developmentally effective approaches to build a meaningful curriculum for young children.

The Early Childhood Education program leads to a bachelor’s degree and the New York State initial teaching certificate in Early Childhood Education (birth - grade 2). The program is full-time, and students advance through the program as a cohort, with required education courses offered in specific semesters which helps support graduation in four years.

“This new undergraduate program underscores the importance of Early Childhood Education,” said Xiao-lei Wang, PhD, Acting Dean of Pace’s School of Education. "High-quality early childhood education is a powerful means to promote continued success in school and in life, and the School of Education is pleased to add it to our academic programs.”

“Our aim is to prepare teachers who will support the development of the whole child, by promoting learning, growth, and social connections,” said School of Education Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator Raquel Plotka, Ph.D.

For students with a taste for food science and health, Pace University’s College of Health Professions (CHP) is launching a new coordinated Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics program. The program will offer concentrations in culinary nutrition and food policy while also fully preparing students to practice nutrition in a clinical setting.

The two-year, full-time coordinated program is the only one in the area where students are matched with and complete their internship of 1,200 required dietetic hours while attending classes. This model allows students to immediately apply their skills and knowledge in real life environments, including local food and hunger organizations, restaurants, hospitals, markets and farms.

Students in the program will be trained to serve as responsible practitioners, leaders, and innovators who will make positive impacts on nutrition outcomes. Students will share CHP’s Inter-professional Center for Healthcare Simulation with other health professions disciplines. Graduates of this program will be eligible to take the Registered Dietitian exam.

Dr. Christen Cupples Cooper, EdD, RDN, a Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist (RDN) food and nutrition researcher is the Assistant Professor who founded the program. Dr. Cooper says: “Our aim is to educate a group of students who go into the workforce with the skills to help people to make healthful food choices, cook affordably and deliciously and lead happy, productive lives. We emphasize hands-on learning, enjoyment of food and promoting lifelong good health.”

“We are delighted to add Nutrition and Dietetics to our growing academic programs in the College of Health Professions,” said Harriet R. Feldman, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean of Pace’s College of Health Professions. “This program offers great opportunities for inter-professional collaboration across our College.”

Both programs are accepting applications for Fall 2018. To learn more about the programs or to apply for fall, visit Early Childhood Education or Nutrition and Dietetics.

About Pace University: Since 1906, Pace has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in Lower Manhattan and Westchester County, NY, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, Elisabeth Haub School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. A 2017 study by the Equality of Opportunity Project ranks Pace University first in the nation among four-year private institutions for upward economic mobility based on students who enter college at the bottom fifth of the income distribution and end up in the top fifth.

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