Childhood Education (Grades 1-6), Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed)

The master’s degree program in childhood education (grades 1-6) is designed to meet the needs of five distinct groups of graduate students: (A) students who have earned a bachelor’s degree in a liberal arts or science area who wish to pursue initial certification as a teacher of childhood education (grades 1-6); (B) students who hold a teaching certification in an area other than childhood education, and seek initial certification in childhood education only; or (D) who seek both initial certification in childhood education and a master’s degree; (C) students who have achieved initial teacher certification in childhood education (grades 1-6) and who wish to pursue professional certification as a childhood education teacher and a master’s degree; and (E) students who are interested in earning a master’s degree in childhood education, but without New York State certification.

Plan A. Initial Certification Program & Master's Program for Candidates without Certification

Plan A in the Childhood Education program is for graduate students who have earned a bachelor’s degree in a liberal arts or science area, and who wish to pursue Initial Certification as a teacher of childhood education (grades 1-6) while also earning their master’s degree.

Take one course from the following three options

Course NumberTitleCredits
EDCE 2100KDevelopment Issues in Early Childhood/Childhood Education

3

OR

EDUC 7200APsychology of Learning and Teaching

3

OR

EDUC 7300AChild Development

3

Take one course from the following two options

Course NumberTitleCredits
EDCE 1800KFamily, Child and School

3

OR

EDCE 5700CEducation That Is Multicultural

3

Take all of the following courses

Course NumberTitleCredits
EDCE 7100AUrban Schools in a Diverse Society

EDCE 2900FInclusive Practices for the General Education Classroom (Grades 1-6)

3

EDCE 3000FCurriculum Development in Childhood Education

3

EDCE 2100CTeaching Social Studies in Childhood Education

3

EDCE 3100CElementary Science & Engineering Teaching Methods

3

EDCE 5950CMathematics Knowledge for Teachers (Birth to Grade 6)

3

EDCE 6100CHow Children Learn Mathematics: Grades 1-6

3

EDCE 7500CEmergent to Fluent Literacy

3

EDCE 7510CLiteracy Strategies: From Birth to 6th grade

3

Take one course from the following three options

Course NumberTitleCredits
EDCE 4100CTeaching Arts and Crafts in Childhood Education

3

OR

EDCE 4400CArts Integration: Theatre and Related Arts in the Curriculum

3

OR

EDCE 7100CCreative Movement and Music in Childhood Education

3

Take the following research seminar sequence in the second half of your program

Course NumberTitleCredits
EDCE 2204IContent Research Seminar in Childhood Education

2

EDCE 2900ISeminar in Educational Research II

2

Take one course from the following two options as part of student teaching

Course NumberTitleCredits
EDCE 7401GStudent Teaching in Childhood Education I and Seminar

3

OR

EDCE 7403GSupervised Teaching in Childhood Education I and Seminar

3

Take the following courses as part of student teaching and recommendation for certification

Course NumberTitleCredits
EDCE 7402GStudent Teaching in Childhood Education II and Seminar

3

EDUC 1900GWorkshops on Child Abuse Identification, School Violence Prevention, Dignity for All Students Act (DASA), and Other Professional Topics

0

Total Credit Hours: 40-46

Plan B. Initial Certification Program (No Master’s) for Candidates Certified in Another Area

Prerequisites

Course NumberTitleCredits
EDCE 2900FInclusive Practices for the General Education Classroom (Grades 1-6)

3

EDCE 5950CMathematics Knowledge for Teachers (Birth to Grade 6)

3

EDCE 2100KDevelopment Issues in Early Childhood/Childhood Education

3

OR

EDUC 7200APsychology of Learning and Teaching

3

OR

EDUC 7300AChild Development

3

Required Courses

Course NumberTitleCredits
EDCE 7500CEmergent to Fluent Literacy

3

EDCE 3000FCurriculum Development in Childhood Education

3

EDCE 2100CTeaching Social Studies in Childhood Education

3

EDCE 3100CElementary Science & Engineering Teaching Methods

3

EDCE 6100CHow Children Learn Mathematics: Grades 1-6

3

EDCE 2100CTeaching Social Studies in Childhood Education

3

OR

EDUC 7200APsychology of Learning and Teaching

3

OR

EDUC 7300AChild Development

3

Take the following two courses as part of teaching practicum

Course NumberTitleCredits
EDCE 7603NPracticum in Childhood Education (grades 1-6)

EDCE 7402GStudent Teaching in Childhood Education II and Seminar

3

Total Credit Hours: 18-27