Admission Basics

Childhood Education Prerequisites

Applicants to the M.S. in Childhood Education program are expected to have satisfactorily completed general education coursework in the humanities and sciences as part of an undergraduate program at an accredited college or university. 

The Childhood Education graduate program has two specific prerequisites in the field of education, and – beginning with the Summer 2009 program – one prerequisite in mathematics. 

In addition, as per New York State Education Department guidelines, initial certification requires the completion of college-level coursework in a language other than English or evidence of proficiency in a language other than English (i.e. a placement or proficiency exam).

Prerequisite Coursework in Education

Two prerequisites in the field of education are required, either the following two Ithaca College courses or their equivalents: 

  • EDUC-34000 Social and Cultural Foundations of Education
  • EDUC-21910 Early Field Experience: Theory and Practice (includes 50 hours of field experiences in school settings) 

Applicants may submit evidence of equivalent coursework taken at other accredited institutions, as well as satisfactory completion of approximately 50 hours of school-based field experiences. 

Applicants who have not completed the prerequisites are sometimes admitted provisionally, with the understanding that all prerequisites will be completed according to a plan developed by the program chair.

Prerequisite Coursework in the Disciplines

Applicants to our Childhood Education graduate program are expected to have taken coursework in each of the core disciplines of the elementary school curriculum: English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.

At a minimum, applicants should have taken 6-9 credits in each of these areas:
*English language arts (English, Writing, Communications)
*Mathematics (Mathematics, Statistics)
*Science (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Physics)
*Social Studies (History, Political Science, Geography, some Sociology/Anthropology)

Applicants who have questions regarding their eligibility for admission to the Childhood Education program are encouraged to contact Dr. Linda Hanrahan, Chair, Graduate Programs in Education.