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Master of Arts
Childhood Education
Grades 1–6, Initial Certification

Not Accepting Applications

To best meet the needs of our students, we have decided to suspend enrollment in the standalone Childhood Education initial certification program. We encourage you to explore our dual-certification Childhood Education and Childhood Special Education degree.

Prepare for an exciting career at the forefront of childhood education by learning pedagogical skills and strategies centered around understanding how children learn and the multiple contexts in which learning occurs. Through course work, field experiences, and student teaching, you’ll become eligible for New York State initial teaching certification for grades 1–6.


Degree Details

Official Degree Title

Master of Arts in Childhood Education, Grades 1-6, Initial Certification

Licensure or Certification
Full-time or Part-time

Throughout your course of study, you will learn a principle-based set of teaching practices reflective of the needs, lifestyles, languages, and cultural patterns of the communities we serve. 

Your course of study will center on children’s educational experiences, informed by the belief that children are competent persons actively engaged in meaning-making in the multiple contexts of home, school, and community. Throughout your curriculum, you will learn:

  • Theories of how children learn at different developmental stages and in different contexts, and strategies to support learning
  • How the relationships between schools, families, and community-based organizations influence children's learning 
  • Pedagogical methods and core content knowledge in elementary school subjects

Teach Young Children in a Variety of Educational Settings 

You'll complete 100 hours of field experiences prior to student teaching for two semesters in a New York City public school, early childhood center, or public or private childcare center. You will have the opportunity to observe how children learn at different ages in a variety of settings through recursive teaching experiences.

Develop as a Reflective Practitioner 

Our philosophy is that the central component of your development as a teacher/researcher is continual reflection on your own and others’ teaching practices. You will develop powerful tools to address the needs of young learners and promote educational equity for all children.

Study Abroad

As a student in our graduate program, you'll have several unique opportunities to study teaching and learning abroad:

Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared for a career as a: 

  • Teacher in public or private childcare centers, early childhood centers, and elementary schools
  • Teacher educator or researcher in colleges and universities
  • Curriculum or educational program developer in schools, colleges, and universities
  • Editor or publisher of children's books and educational materials
  • Children's television writer or producer

Learn more about teacher certification and our accreditation.