Program Descriptions

Courses: Spring - Summer - Fall

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

Graduate Program Leading to Initial Certification is Track 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.

Beginning Courses
EDCE 2100K Developmental Issues in ECE - 3 credits
EDCE 7150C Fundamentals of Teaching in ECE Contexts – 3 credits
EDCE 1900C Language and Literacy Development in Yg. Ch. (birth – 5 year olds) – 3 credits
EDCE 3500C Ed. In the Early Years: Infants/Toddlers – 3 credits

Middle Courses
EDCE 7500C Emergent to Fluent Literacy  (K + - 3 credits
EDCE  3300C How Young Children Learn Science - 3 credits
EDCE 6000C How Young Children Learn Math - 3 credits
EDCE 2101C Social Studies in ECE - 3 credits
EDCE 4300C or 7300C Art in ECE or Music and Move in ECE - 3 credits
EDCE 4200C Teaching Y.C. w/Spec. Needs - 3 credits
EDCE 1800K or 5700C Family, Child, School or Multicultural Education - 3 credits
EDUC 7100A or EDCE 7300F Foundations of Ed:  Urban Schools in a Diverse Society or Problems and Issues in ECE - 3 credits

End Courses
EDCE 7250C Curriculum in ECE - 3 credits
EDCE 7301G & 7302G or 7303G and1900G-Teaching Practice in ECE I and ECE II or Superv. Tching in ECE State-mandated  Workshops - 6 credits
EDCE 2202I- Research I in ECE - 2 credits
EDCE 2900I-Research II in ECE - 2 credits

TOTAL CREDITS:  40-49

Graduate Program Leading to Professional Certification is Track B. 

It is a 31-34 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.

Beginning Courses
EDCE 2100K Develop. Issues in ECE (ancillary) - 3 credits
EDCE 3500C Ed. In the Early Years:  Infants/Toddlers - 3 credits
EDCE 7150C Fundamentals of Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood Contexts - 3 credits
EDCE 7300F Problems and Issues in ECE - 3 credits 

Middle Courses
EDCE1900C or 2000C or 2700C Language and Literacy Dev. in Yg. Ch. or 1st & 2nd Lang. & Lit. Acquisition Literacy Instruction for Struggling Readers and Writers - 3 credits 
EDCE 2101C or 2300C Social Studies in ECE or Social Studies Inquiry for Pre-K-6 Teachers - 3 credits
EDCE 3200C or 3300C Science Inquiry for Pre-K-6 Teachers or How Young Children Learn Science - 3 credits 
EDCE 4200C Teaching Y.C. w/Spec. Needs - 3 credits
EDCE 6000C or 6200C How Young Children Learn Math or Mathematics for Pre-K-6 Teachers - 3 credits

End Courses
EDCE7250C Curriculum in ECE - 3 credits
EDCE2204I Research I in ECE - 2 credits 
EDCE2900I Research II in ECE - 2 credits

TOTAL CREDITS:  31-34

Graduate Program Leading to Initial Certification for Holders of an Initial Certificate in Childhood Education is Track 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.

Beginning Courses       
EDCE 2100K Develop. Issues in ECE (ancillary)  - 3 credits
EDCE 3500C Ed. In the Early Years:  Infants/Toddlers - 3 credits
EDCE 1900C Language and Literacy Development in Yg. Ch. - 3 credits

Middle Courses       
EDCE 7150C Fundamentals of Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood Contexts - 3 credits
EDCE 2101C "Social Studies in ECE"  - 3 credits
EDCE 3300C How Young Children Learn Science  - 3 credits
EDCE4200C Teaching Y.C. w/Spec. Needs  - 3 credits
EDCE4300C or 7300C or 4400C "Art in the ECE or Music and Movement in ECE Integrating Theater " - 3 credits
EDCE 6000C"How Young Children Learn Math (ancillary)"  - 3 credits

End Courses       
EDCE 7250C Curriculum in ECE  - 3 credits
EDCE 7301G or 7303G" Teaching Practice in ECE I or Superv. Tching in ECE " - 3 credits
EDCE2202I or 2204I "Research I in ECE" - 2 credits
EDCE 2900I "Research II in ECE" - 2 credits

TOTAL CREDITS:  34-37

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.

Beginning Courses 
EDCE 2100K or EDCE 3500C or EDUC 7300A Develop. Issues in ECE Ed. in the Early Years:  Infants/Toddlers Child Development - 3 credits
EDUC 7100A or EDCE 7300F Urban Schools in a Diverse Society or Problems and Issues in ECE - 3 credits
EDCE 7150C Fundamentals of Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood Contexts - 3 credits

Middle Courses
EDCE 1900C Language and Literacy Development in Young Children - 3 credits
EDCE 2101C Social Studies in ECE - 3 credits
EDCE 4200C Teaching Y.C. w/Spec. Needs - 3 credits

End Courses
EDCE 7250C Curriculum in ECE - 3 credits
EDCE 2202I or 2204I Research I in ECE - 2 credits
EDCE 2900I Research II in ECE - 2 credits
EDCE 7500C Literacy: Emergent to Fluent (3) - 3 credits
EDCE 3300C How Young Children Learn Science - 3 credits
EDCE 4300C or7300C or 4400C Art in the ECE or Music and Move in ECE or Int. Theater Arts - 3 credits
EDCE 6000C How Young Children Learn Math - 3 credits

TOTAL CREDITS: 31

Advanced Certificate Leading to Initial Certification  birth-2nd grade (code - 31917)

Leading to initial certification in early childhood education for holders of a masters degree in some field of education. 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.

EDCE 2100K or 3500C Develop. Issues in ECE Ed. In the Early Yrs. -  3 credits 
EDCE 7150C Fundamentals of Teaching in Early Childhood Contexts - 3 credits
EDCE 1900C Language and Literacy Development in Yg. Ch - 3 credits
EDUC 7100A or EDCE 7300F Urban Schools in a Diverse Society or Problems and Issues in ECE - 3 credits
EDCE 7500C Emergent to Fluent Literacy - 3 credits 
EDCE 4200C Teaching Y.C. w/Spec. Needs - 3 credits
EDCE 6000C How Young Children Learn Math - 3 credits
EDCE 7301G &/or 7302G or 7303G and EDUC 1900G Teaching Practice in ECE I and ECE II or Superv. Tching in ECE State-mandated Workshops - 6 credits

Total Credits: 27

Advanced Certificate:  Teacher of Young Children with Special Needs Early Childhood – Birth-Grade 2 (for individuals who hold Initial Certification in ECE/CE/BCE - code 39361)

This 12-18 credit program is for individuals who are certified in either early childhood education (birth - grade 2), childhood education (grades 1-6), or bilingual childhood education (grades 1-6).  It leads to New York State certification in early childhood special education.

EDCE 4600A Foundations of Early Childhood Spec. Ed. - 3 credits
EDCE 4200C Educating Young Children with Special Needs (curriculum) - 3 credits
EDCE 4800K Managing the Environment for Young Children with Special Needs (behavior) - 3 credits
EDCE 4900K Assessment of Young Children with Special Needs: B-grade 2 (assessment) - 3 credits
EDCE 4700K Early Intervention for Infants and Toddlers with Special Needs - 3 credits
EDCE 7306G Supervised Practicum and Seminar in Early Childhood Special Education - 3 credits

Total Credits: 18 

Suggested Course Sequence for Initial Certification

Program planning sheets can be found at the links above or found at:

  • 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.

Last Updated: 12/06/2022 08:49