C&T 5042: Special Topics in Children’s Literature

Several of you have expressed interest in the Special Topics in Children’s Literature courses and wondered how you could fit one into your schedules.  Our advice is to adjust your credit hours for other courses (change from 3 to 2) so that you can take an additional course and still total 32 credits.

If you have not already taken summer Institutes, C&T 5042 could also count as an in-program selective. It cannot, however, be substituted for 4140 or 4141, nor can it be taken as an out-of-program selective.

Remember Penny Colman’s non-fiction course will be offered in fall, spring, and summer.  James Howe’s spring course will have very limited space and is geared toward experienced writers.

Do consider taking on an extra course to take advantage of these unique learning experiences!



We are looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday for our program orientation!

We’ll be meeting from 1-2 pm in Horace Mann 140 for a warm welcome, introductions, and sharing.

See you then!

P.S. Classes begin Wednesday, September 1st.


To find out what textbooks are required for courses, you can click on textbook info on the class schedule.  It is a white oval directly under each course listing.  This will link you directly to the TC Bookstore website and show the textbook list.   You can also use whywaitforbooks.com, which connects with the bookstore for orders.  They will get your books ready for pick up.  Just be careful about ordering out of stock books as sometimes they take a really long time to come in, and you are committed to purchasing them there.

Of course, you can order your books from any supplier, such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc.  Just purchase required texts now–wait on recommended books.  Typically you will not have assignments due for the first class, but you will for the second.

The bookstore is located at the corner of 120th and Amsterdam.  Textbooks are upstairs and C&T is in the back.  There are also lots of good resource books for teachers downstairs. Educational games, classroom supplies, art materials, decorative items, more are available in an upstairs back corner.  And if you need your first Teachers College hoodie or sweats, this is the place!

Out-of-Program Selectives Fall 2010

Shopping for out-of-program selectives?  You are required to take two courses to satisfy the breadth requirement of TC.  They can now be in C&T if they are not program requirements, or they can be in ANY other department.  The good news is there are lots of choices.   The challenge is that making a choice can feel overwhelming.  What you select really depends on your preferences and schedule.  One course must be literacy related; the other can be anything you like.  Look for 2 or 3 credit courses only.  You may also take courses at Columbia or Barnard if your schedule will accommodate them.

Fulltime students will take one or both of their non-program selectives in spring.  Part-time students should keep in mind that summer is a good time for these since most core classes are not offered during summer.

The following are not necessarily recommendations, but they are suggestions that are currently open for fall and do not interfere with both sections of core courses.

C&T 4021  Nature/Needs of Gifted Students Tuesday 3-4:40 pm  2/3 credits

C&T 4114 Multicultural Approaches to Teaching Young Children   Thursday 7:20-9 pm   2/3 credits

A&HF 4065  Media and Visual Culture   Wednesday 7:20-9 pm  2/3 credits

A&HF 4094  School and Society   Monday 5:10-6:50 pm  2/3 credits

A&HH 4076  History of Urban Education   Tuesday 7:20-9 pm  3 credits

A&HL 4000  Introduction to Linguistics   Thursday 7:20-9 pm   3 credits

MSTC 4043  Science and the Environment   Monday 5:10-6:50  3 credits

MSTM 4019  Mathematics teaching and Learning   Thursday 7:20-9 pm  3 credits

ITSF 4013 Literacy and Development   Thursday 5:10-6:50  pm  2/3 credits

ITSF 4050  Economics of Education   Wednesday 3-4:50 pm  3 credits

ITSF 4060  Latinos in Urban Schools   Monday 1-2:40  3 credits

ITSF 5023  The Family as Educator   Wednesday 1:30-4 pm  3 credits

HUDK 4029  Cognition and Learning   Monday 5:10-6:50 pm, also offered online  3 credits

HBSE 4006  Working with Families of Children w/ Disabilities  Thursday 7:20-9 pm  2/3 credits

HBSE 4871 American Sign Language  Tuesday and Thursday 7-8:40 pm   2 credits