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Program Descriptions

Early Childhood Education
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Program Descriptions

There are six programs offered in the Graduate Programs in Early Childhood Education:

The Graduate Program Leading to Initial Certification is Stream A. It is a 40-49 credit program for individuals who have no prior experience in education. After completing this program, along with successfully completing the New York State Teacher Certification Exams (CST, EAS, and edTPA), the School of Education will recommend a graduate of this program for State certification.
Program Planning Sheet for Stream A

The Graduate Program Leading to Professional Certification is Stream B. It is a 30-34 credit program for individuals who have Initial Certification in Early Childhood Education (completed at the undergraduate level). After completing this program and three of years of teaching, the graduate will be eligible to apply for the New York State Professional Certificate.
Program Planning Sheet for Stream B

The Graduate Program Leading to Initial Certification for Holders of an Initial Certificate in Childhood Education is Stream C. This is a 34-37 credit program for individuals who have Initial Certification in Childhood Education (completed at the undergraduate level) and want to obtain an initial certificate in Early Childhood Education through the Master's Degree. After completing this program and three of years of teaching, the graduate will be eligible for a Professional Certificate in both Childhood and Early Childhood Education.

Program Planning Sheet for Stream C

The Certificate Program in Early Childhood Education is Stream D.  It is an opportunity for those who already have a Master's Degree and certification in Childhood Education to extend their certification to Early Childhood Education. This program is 15 credits. 
Program Planning Sheet for Stream D

The M.S. Ed. in Early Childhood Education (non-certification). This 31-32 credit program is for individuals interested in learning about how to support the learning and development of young children but who do not want to get certified as a teacher in New York State.
Program Planning Sheet for Stream E

The Advanced Certificate:  Teacher of Young Children with Special Needs Early Childhood – Birth-Grade 2 for Certified Special Education 1-6 Teachers (12-18 credits). It seeks to produce professionals who are equipped with the understandings and skills to work in a variety of roles (early intervention, SEIT, or classroom teacher) with young children in the full range of development in general, inclusive or special education (Infants/toddlers, PreK, Kindergarten, 1st or 2nd grade). In these programs participants will engage diverse learners in active, experiential learning, meeting their needs by building on children's strengths and interests while addressing their challenges. Through studying the ongoing cycle of observation, assessment and instructional planning, participants will be able to help young children with varying abilities realize their full educational potential.  Participants will learn to understand the relationships among culture, language and learning in families and to support growth and learning of the whole child in the context of family and community.  They will also learn the terminology, practices, and assessments commonly used in the field of educating children with special needs. See complete program description.

Suggested Course Sequence for Initial Certification
Clinical Practice (Fieldwork and Student Teaching)
New York State Teacher Certification Information (Descriptions, Dates, Support, Practice Tests)
Academic Information/College Policies

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
  • Program Office, North Academic Center, Room 5/211.

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