Academic Programs

Master of Science in Childhood Education (M.S.)

This master of science degree prepares academically talented graduate students for careers as elementary school teachers. The childhood education program is designed as a cohesive, full-time, 13-month graduate program leading to a master's degree and full eligibility for initial teaching certification for grades 1 through 6.

Graduate students in the program take coursework in educational theory and practice while gaining invaluable field experience in school and community settings. We offer multiple opportunities for observation, tutoring, and teaching in varied grade levels in suburban, rural, and urban schools.

Graduates of our program are fully eligible for initial teaching certification in the state of New York, which has reciprocity agreements with more than 30 other states and jurisdictions.

Program Admission and Prerequisites

Admission to the childhood education programs is selective. Applicants must have earned a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) from an accredited college or university. Applicants are also expected to provide evidence of a

  • strong background in the liberal arts and sciences, and
  • demonstrated commitment to working with diverse students in educational settings.

Since our M.S. program is intensive, we believe it is important for applicants to have completed some initial study of and experience in the field of education. As a result, we have established the following preprofessional prerequisites for admission:

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

Applicants from other accredited institutions may submit evidence of equivalent courses, as well as satisfactory completion of 50 hours of course-connected field experiences in public schools.  Applicants who have not completed these prerequisites may be admitted to the program with the expectation that these requirements will be met according to an academic plan developed in conjunction with the chair of graduate programs in education.

For additional information about admission and prerequisites, see the M.S. Prerequisites Section.

For additional information about the program’s curriculum and schedule, see the Master of Science in Childhood Education – Program Specifics.