Overview of Coursework

Prepare for an elementary school (grades 1-6) teaching career and initial NYS certification.

Beginning with your summer coursework, you will be immersed in the study of complex educational issues and current approaches to curriculum and instruction. Examples of coursework includes:

  • Teaching and Learning for Healthy Child Growth and Development
  • Educational Technology for Childhood Educators
  • Language Development and Second Language Acquisition
  • Curriculum and Instruction in Elementary School Mathematics
  • Seminar in Reflective Practice

A full listing of required coursework and descriptions are available here.

Extensive field experiences in public schools are core to the success of this program; you are assigned to classrooms right from the first day of graduate study and continue working directly with children throughout the year. As a graduate of our program, you will have the knowledge and skills you need to become confident in the classroom and an outstanding first-year teacher.

Culminating Projects

You will complete both a  professional portfolio and an action research project.

The professional portfolio provides evidence that you have met College, state, and national standards for effective teaching and can be used during your career search.

Preparation of the portfolio begins during the first semester of the program and reflects your professional growth and development throughout the program. The action research project is also a yearlong project: the research proposal is developed and refined in the summer and fall, data is collected and analyzed in the spring, and the research report is written and presented in the final summer semester of the program.

Ready to Apply?

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