Applicants to the M.S. program in Childhood Education are expected to have satisfactorily completed prerequisite coursework in education, the study of a language other than English, and general education coursework in the humanities and sciences as part of an undergraduate program at an accredited college or university. The application process also requires the submission of GRE scores.

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 graduate program chair.

Prerequisite Coursework in the Disciplines

Applicants to our Childhood Education graduate program are expected to have taken at least 6-9 credits of coursework in each of the core disciplines of the elementary school curriculum:
 •English language arts (for instance, English, Writing, Communications)
 •Mathematics (for instance, Mathematics, Statistics)
 •Science (for instance, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics)
 •Social Studies (for instance, History, Government/Political Science, Geography)

College-Level Study of a Language Other than English

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 (i.e. a placement or proficiency exam).

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

Applicants to the M.S. in Childhood Education must submit GRE scores as part of the application process.

Applicants who have not completed the prerequisite coursework for the M.S. in Childhood Education can be admitted provisionally, with the understanding that all prerequisites will be completed according to a plan developed in conjunction with the program chair.

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