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Graduate Childhood Education

Program Descriptions

Program Streams (A, B, C, D & E) 

The graduate programs in Childhood Education prepare teacher candidates to meet national standards of excellence in teaching. Each program leads to a Master's of Science in Education degree (MSEd) and/or New York State certification in Childhood Education for grades 1-6.

We offer three graduate programs in Childhood Education (Stream A, Stream B, and Stream C) as described below:

STREAM A

Initial Certification (46 credits: MSEd + Initial Teacher Certification)

The initial certification program is for candidates seeking entrance into the teaching profession. This program of study is designed for candidates who do not hold a bachelor's degree in childhood education or initial (or provisional) certification at the time of application.

Candidates enrolled in the initial certification program must have completed a bachelor's degree with a concentration in the liberal arts or sciences with a broad preparation across the liberal arts. Upon admission to the program, faculty will review the candidate's transcript to identify any additional undergraduate preparation that may be required for New York State certification.

Candidates in the initial certification program must complete 100 hours of field experience (connected to coursework) and a total of 300 hours of student teaching (or supervised teaching), some of which must be done at the 1-3 grade level and the rest at the 4-6 grade level.

NOTE: Candidates must be prepared to commit to full-time student teaching for 15 weeks.

Stream A leads to a master's degree in childhood education and New York State teacher certification in childhood education.

STREAM A: Course Sequence and DescriptionsProgram Requirements

STREAM B

Advanced Certificate (27 credits: Initial Teacher Certification)

The advanced certificate program is designed for candidates who want to become certified in advance of earning the master's degree. In other words, candidates complete coursework and all other requirements for initial certification with the goal of seeking and securing employment as a teacher before completing the master's degree. The remaining 19 hours for themaster's degree are completed after earning initial certification

Candidates enrolled in the advanced certificate program must have completed a bachelor's degree with a concentration in the liberal arts or sciences with a broad preparation across the liberal arts. Upon admission to the program, faculty will review the candidate's transcript to identify any additional undergraduate preparation that may be required for New York State certification.

Candidates in the advanced certificate program must complete 100 hours of field experience (connected to coursework) and a total of 300 hours of student teaching (or supervised teaching), at the 1-3 grade level as well as the 4-6 grade level.

NOTE: Teacher candidates must be prepared to commit to full-time student teaching for a total of 15 weeks.

Stream B leads to New York State initial certification only. All coursework done for Stream B can be applied towards earning the MSEd available in Stream A (master's degree program).

STREAM B: Course Sequence and Description, Program Requirements

STREAM C

Professional Certification (31 credits: MSEd +Professional Teacher Certification)

The professional certification program is designed for candidates who already have initial (or provisional) New York State certification at the time they are admitted to the CCNY graduate program in Childhood Education. This is advanced program of study in childhood education leads to a master's degree in childhood education and New York State professional certification in childhood education.

STREAM C: Course Sequence and Description, Program Requirements

STREAM D

Initial Certification in Childhood Education for candidates who hold certification in an area other than childhood education (31 credits: Initial Teacher Certification)

Admission Requirements:  In addition to general SOE admissions criteria, candidates admitted to this stream must already hold New York State teaching certification.

This stream is for candidates who hold certification in an area other than childhood education, and seek both initial certification in childhood education and a Masters degree.  (The degree will also allow them to earn professional certification in their original certification area.) These candidates will take methods courses required of the initial certification in childhood education.  Electives will be selected by advisement to further a candidate's professional development or specialization in an area of interest.

Candidates enrolled in this program must have completed a bachelor's degree with a concentration in the liberal arts or sciences with a broad preparation across the liberal arts. Upon admission to the program, faculty will review the candidate's transcript to identify any additional undergraduate preparation that may be required for New York State certification.

STREAM D: Program Requirements

STREAM E

Non-certification Masters in Childhood Education (31 credits)

This 31-credit non-certification Master's degree leading to the M.S.Ed. degree in Childhood Education.This stream is for candidates who are not interested in getting certified by New York State as a classroom teacher in childhood education.  This stream may be a good fit for international students who are interested in learning about U.S. perspectives on elementary education, who intend to return to their home countries to teach or work.  Others are interested in learning about childhood education in order to work in related fields such as children's publishing and libraries.   

Candidates who complete this program will not be eligible to apply directly to New York State for certification in Childhood Education, as the State no longer accepts individual pathway applications in this area.

STREAM E: Program Requirements