Early Childhood Education

MA in Early Childhood Education, Birth-Grade 2

We offer two graduate degree options: 

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

This 41-credit master of arts program leads to eligibility for New York State initial teaching certification at the early childhood level (Birth-Grade 2). Learn more about this degree.

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

This dual-certification master of arts program consists of 47 credits and leads to eligibility for New York State initial teaching certification in both general and special education at the early childhood level (Birth-Grade 2). Learn more about this degree.

NYU Steinhardt also offers a MA in Early Childhood Special Education that leads to professional teaching certification.

About our MA programs

Our programs focus on the value of early childhood educational experiences in all aspects of the young child's life. Our students understand that play is the basis of learning in all spheres of development, and relationships with peers and adults are key to children's learning from their experiences.

We prepare prospective teachers who are committed to work in urban schools for educational equity. Each course is tied to either fieldwork or student teaching, generating rich and authentic reflections upon theory and practice. These themes are central to our curriculum:

  • Understanding learning, the learner, communities of learners, and the contexts in which learning occurs
  • Understanding the nature, structure, and tools of inquiry of the disciplines taught
  • Using knowledge of pedagogy to create and adapt supportive learning environments based on formal and informal assessments

Our students vary widely in age and background. Many were liberal arts or business majors as undergraduates. Some are making a career change. All have chosen teaching because they are interested in children and are seeking a career that is personally rewarding.