M.S.ED. in Childhood/Early Childhood Education (Birth - Grade 6)
The 52-credit M.S.Ed. in Childhood/Early Childhood Education (Birth – Grade 6) is for students without prior certification and leads to the degree of Master of Science and eligibility for initial NYS certification in Early Childhood Education, birth to grade 6, and Childhood Education, grades 1–6. It prepares students to teach in pre-schools, kindergartens, and elementary school classrooms. There is also a 44 credit M.S.Ed. in Childhood/Early Childhood Urban Education (Birth – Grade 6) for students who already have certification in another area.
Optional extensions are available for students who wish to teach in middle schools, grades 7–9 (6 credits) or bilingual classrooms (9 credits).
Students graduating from this program are eligible for teaching certification once they have passed all required portions of the New York State Teacher Certification Exam (NYSTCE). Students may also apply for Internship Certification after completing the first 24 credits. Internship Certification permits students to begin teaching while they complete their degrees.
Students with prior initial certification in another area will, upon completing this program, also be eligible for professional certification in their original certification area.
A non-certification track is available for students who are not interested in or who do not qualify for certification.
Course of Study
Tier I: Diversity, Language and Literacies in Urban Education (3-6 credits)
Issues in Urban Education
Language and Literacy
Tier II: Observation and Description of Urban Learners (15 credits)
Lives of Children
Perspectives on Disability
Teaching Literacy K-6
Classroom Inquiry I
Tier III: Inquiry of Urban Classrooms and Teaching Practices (24 credits)
Teaching Social Studies 1-6
Teaching the Arts 1-6
Teaching Science/Technology 1-6
Teaching Math/Technology 1-6
Environments, Practices and Play in Early Childhood and Community
Classroom Inquiry II
Family Literacy and Parental Collaboration
Positive Approaches to Challenging Behaviors
*Required only of students seeking 1st initial certification
Tier IV: Advanced Inquiry and Practice (4-7 credits)
Student Teaching: Childhood
Student Teaching for the Practicing Teacher: Early Childhood
Students must also complete the following non-credit workshops offered through the School of Continuing Studies or present proof of equivalent training elsewhere: