Master of Science Degree in Education in
Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) Leading to Initial/Professional Certification
This 39 credit program is designed to prepare graduate students with no former certification in education for their initial certification in Childhood Education. Applicants for the program must have bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university demonstrating 30 credits in a liberal arts major and six (6) credits each in mathematics, science, social studies, English language arts and three (3) credits in a foreign language. Coursework in artistic expression, communication, information retrieval, and humanities is also required by New York State regulations. All deficiencies will need to be satisfied prior to acceptance for candidacy. Grades of C or better for undergraduate course work and B or better for graduate course work are required. All courses are required in order to assure competencies according to the New York State Teaching Standards.
In accordance with the New York Teacher Education Standards, the program provides substantive coursework, supervised field experiences and in-depth reflective seminars. Requirements for graduation ensure that candidates demonstrate mastery of pedagogical knowledge, understandings, and skills appropriate for teaching childhood level students (1st through 6th grades).
The program offers challenging educational experiences to assure that students in the program achieve the highest standards of academic excellence. Courses in the program reflect a strong cognitive developmental perspective and focus on developing teachers who have an appreciation and respect for the full range of intellectual, social, emotional, physical, cultural, and spiritual differences among their colleagues and students. Candidates learn to view developmental differences and diversity as opportunities for enhancing the process of teaching and learning. A major priority of the program is nurturing the candidate’s ability to synthesize children’s developmental needs, strengths, and interests as while constructing effective and enriched educational experiences for students.
Because the program is committed to preparing candidates who are confident in using educational technology to help all children learn, developmentally appropriate practices for the use of technology are integrated into all courses and field experiences. Candidates learn to construct a media-rich environment for the purpose of instruction and assessment. Course assignments encourage the creative use of technology so that teachers can further support children’s enthusiasm for learning.
Faculty serve as role models for candidates who are developing their own professional identities as teachers with professional codes of ethics. Through mentoring, advisement, and instruction, faculty share the dispositions of valuing children, seeking fairness and justice for all students, and creating a learning environment that encourages joy, intellectual exploration and discovery.