Early Childhood Education

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

Provide quality care and education for all children

Please note: We have suspended enrollment for the standalone Early Childhood Education master's program for Fall 2018. We encourage you to consider the dual-certification Early Childhood Education and Special Education master's program instead. Learn more about the benefits of the program.

This master of arts program leads to eligibility for New York State initial teaching certification for early childhood (Birth-Grade 2). Through coursework, student teaching, and field experiences, you will develop skills and strategies to support young children's learning in various developmental stages and contexts, enabling you to develop your own teaching practice and become a social advocate for educational equity at all ages.

A dual initial certification MA program in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education is also available. NYU Steinhardt also offers an MA leading to professional certification in Early Childhood Special Education

What you'll learn
  • Core content and pedagogical knowledge essential to success as a teacher
  • A deep understanding of how children develop at different developmental stages and contexts,
  • Strategies for supporting learning at all stages
  • How to navigate relationships between schools, families, and community-based organizations, and how their interactions impact student learning

See curriculum and degree requirements for this master's program.

How you'll learn

Develop as a Reflective Practitioner
This graduate program will immerse you in thoughtful discussions and interactions around critical education issues such as developmental, linguistic, cultural, and racial diversity and educational equity. Each course in the program is tied to either fieldwork or student teaching, generating rich and authentic reflections upon theory and practice.

Student Teaching in Various Early Childhood Education and Community Settings
You will have the opportunity to student teach in a variety of early childhood educational settings, from preschools to early childhood centers and Head Start programs. Learn how to create quality care for all children through the development of strong relationships with young children, their families, and their communities.

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

Prepare for a career as a 
  • Teacher in public or private childcare centers, early childhood centers, and elementary schools
  • Researcher or teacher educator in schools and universities
  • Curriculum specialist or program director in schools, colleges, and universities
  • Editor or publisher of children's books and educational materials
For more information about this MA program, please contact

Erin O'Connor
Program Director
East Building, 239 Greene Street
New York, NY 10003