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Program Descriptions

Graduate Childhood Education
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Program Descriptions

Initial Certification Program

An M.S. Ed. In Childhood Education for candidates with degrees outside education who seek Initial 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 over 100 hours of field experience (connected to coursework) and a total of 300 hours of student teaching (or supervised teaching).

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

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

(46 credits: MSEd + Initial Teacher Certification)

Courses Sequence and Descriptions

Professional Certification Program

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.

(31 credits: MSEd +Professional Teacher Certification)

Courses Sequence and Descriptions

Masters and Initial Certification in Childhood Education for graduate students certified in another area

This program is for candidates who hold certification in an area other than childhood education, and seek both initial certification in childhood education and a master’s 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.

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

(31 credits: MSEd + Initial Teacher Certification)

Courses Sequence and Descriptions (Link) and/or link to program planning sheet

Masters in education without certification program

This non-certification master’s program is a 31-credit degree that leads to the M.S.Ed. degree in Childhood Education. This program is for candidates who are not interested in getting certified by New York State as a classroom teacher in childhood education.  This program 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 may be interested in learning about childhood education in order to work in related fields such as children's publishing, museums 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.

(31 credits: MSEd)

Courses Sequence and Descriptions (Link) and/or link to program planning sheet

Certification in childhood education for graduate students who hold masters and certification in another area

This Childhood Extension program adds an extension to an existing certificate. No degree is granted, however, graduate students who successfully complete the program are recommended for a New York State certification in Childhood education. (18 – 27 Credit:  Initial teacher certification).  

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.

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

Graduate students can pick up program planning sheets from the Chair's Office, North Academic Center, Room 6/207B and Office of Admissions and Student Services, North Academic Center, Room 3/223A

 If you have problems accessing the program planning sheet please go to the Associate Dean's Office, North Academic Center, Room 3/213.

Graduate students can pick up program planning sheets from the

  • Chair's Office, North Academic Center, Room 6/207B
  • Office of Admissions and Student Services, North Academic Center, Room 3/223A

 If you have problems accessing the program planning sheet please go to the Associate Dean's Office, North Academic Center, Room 3/213.