Department of Teaching and Learning

Early Childhood Education

NYU Steinhardt's Early Childhood Education programs will prepare you to create quality care for all children. You'll develop your teaching practice as a reflective practitioner and teacher researcher, with a commitment to social justice for young children and their families.

Children are at the center of our curricula. We see children as competent persons actively engaged in making meaning in multiple contexts. We recognize the importance of parents and families in nurturing young children, and the need for educators to develop reciprocal relationships with families. Our programs actively advocate for institutional changes that value early childhood education as a vital part of a child’s educational experiences.

USA Today ranked us among their Five Great Colleges for Studying Early Childhood Education. The Department of Teaching and Learning also offers programs in Childhood Education and Special Education

BS in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education, Birth-Grade 2, Initial Certification

This dual-certification bachelor of science program leads to eligibility for New York State initial teaching certification at the early childhood level (birth-grade 2). You'll gain hands-on experience by student teaching in infant-toddler, pre-K, and grade K-2 general education and special education settings. 

MA in Early Childhood Education, Birth-Grade 2, Initial Certification

This master of arts program leads to eligibility for New York State initial teaching certification at the early childhood level (birth-grade 2). Through coursework, field experiences, and student teaching, you'll learn pedagogical skills and strategies centered around understanding how children learn and the multiple contexts in which learning occurs.

MA in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education, Birth-Grade 2, Initial Certification

This dual-certification master of arts program leads to eligibility for New York State initial teaching certification in both general and special education at the early childhood level (birth-grade 2). Field experiences, student teaching, and coursework that links pedagogical theory and practice will prepare you to deliver a quality education to children in both general and special education settings. NYU Steinhardt also offers an MA in Early Childhood Special Education that leads to professional teaching certification. 

PhD in Teaching and Learning

This rigorous doctoral program has a focus on Early Childhood and Childhood Education and will prepare you to conduct research in child development and education, including in specific content areas such as literacy, numeracy, and social studies.

 

For more information about Early Childhood Education at NYU Steinhardt, please contact

Erin O'Connor
Program Director
East Building
239 Greene Street
New York, NY 10003
212-998-9473
eoc2@nyu.edu