Focus on Early Childhood Education

Be eligible for initial licensure in childhood education to teach grades 1-6.

Highlights of our Master of Science (M.S.) in Childhood Education Graduate Program

  • Intensive, 13-month program (late May through late June of the following year) approved by and registered with the New York State Education Department. Begin the graduate program one summer and be fully eligible for graduation, initial certification, and a teaching position by the following summer.
  • Access to graduate assistantships and scholarships to offset the cost of attendance.
  • Pursue your studies in small class sizes, which allow for academic, research, and community-based collaborations among faculty and students.
  • Participate in field experiences in multiple, diverse sites, including our partnership school, Washington Heights Academy.
  • Complete a teacher inquiry project prior to graduation.
  • Graduate prepared to pass the edTPA and be ready to teach - our students have a 96% pass rate on edTPA (the new teacher performance assessment required for certification in New York).
  • Take advantage of certification reciprocity agreements with more than 30 other states and jurisdictions.
  • Be employed, likely prior to graduation. Our graduates teach in rural, urban, and suburban school districts in New York, surrounding states, and around the country (for instance, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, North Carolina, and Virginia).


Admission Prerequisites
Education and discipline-specific course requirements to complete prior to enrollment.
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Coursework At-A-Glance
Highlights of our quick, intensive education graduate program that prepares you for a lifelong career in teaching.
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Course Descriptions
Learn more about the content of each of the courses you will complete as a graduate student.
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Get a sense of your semester-by-semester experiences while in the graduate program.
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Ready to Apply?

We encourage early application! More information on the application process is available when you:


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Dr. Peter Martin
Chair, Graduate Programs in Education