M.S. IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION (BIRTH - GRADE 2)

The 30-credit M.S.Ed. program prepares new or experienced educators to obtain New York State certification as a Literacy Specialist. Learn to teach reading and writing communications, develop reading curricula, evaluate student progress and identify students in need of corrective and remedial education. This program focuses on children from birth to age 6, and includes opportunities to work with clients in a clinical setting.


Admissions Requirements

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Applicants to the M.S. in Early Childhood Education Program must meet the following requirements for admission:

  • Application for Admission (online or PDF) (Graduate Application)
  • Official copies of your undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts from any college(s) or universities you have attended
  • Applicants must have achieved at least a 2.5 overall and 2.75 in major grade point average or equivalent in a bachelor's program.
  • Initial (or provisional) teaching certificate is required. If you hold a degree from outside the United States your official records of all post-secondary education must be translated by an approved organization such as World Education Services (WES). You may purchase this translation by contacting WES, www.wes.org or telephone at 1-800-937-3895. Request a course-by-course translation with conversion of all grades into a U.S.4- point scale with U.S. degree equivalencies. This translation must be received by the Office of Admissions in an envelope sealed by WES.
  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required of all applicants whose native language is not English. The TOEFL or IELTS is generally not required of candidates who have studied for at least two years at an accredited high school or post-secondary institution where English is the only method of instruction, unless there is a need for additional evidence of proficiency in English upon review of other academic credentials. The minimum TOEFL score for admission: 79 Internet-based score (197 computer based, 527 paper-based score) or minimum IELTS score for admission: 6.0 (effective Spring 2012)

Send application materials to:

Graduate Admissions
LIU Brentwood
1001 Crooked Hill Road
Brentwood, NY 11717

Program Requirements

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Degree Requirements

Course

Credits

EDS 610

Literacy Teaching and Learning: Birth-Grade 6

3

EDS 600

Introduction to the Study of the Exceptional Child

3

EDS 613

Literacy and Children’s Literature: Birth-Grade 6

3

EDS 619

Literacy and Literature-based Reading Instruction: Birth-Grade 6

3

EDS 640

Literacy in the Content Areas: Birth-Grade 6

3

EDS 642

Literacy and Language Arts Instruction: Birth-Grade 6

3

EDS 615

Practicum I Literacy Assessment and Intervention: Birth Grade 6

3

EDS 616

Practicum II Literacy Intervention: Birth-Grade 6

3

EDS 703

Practicum III Overcoming Literacy Difficulties: Birth-Grade 6

3

EDS 622

Contemporary Issues in Literacy Research: Birth-Grade 6

3

EDS 640

Literacy in the Content Areas: Birth-Grade 6

3

Total Degree Credit Requirement: 30 credits

Course Descriptions

COURSE DESCRIPTION

EDI 600 Psychological Foundations of Education 

This course is designed to introduce students to psychological theories and principles which affect teaching, learning and development. Students have the opportunity to observe student and teacher behavior as well as classroom environments in order to identify operative psychological theories and principles. The use of the technology and learning will be examined. This course will require a writing component. Also, 10 hours of fieldwork will be required. 

Credits: 3 Every Fall, Spring and Summer 


EDI 601 Social Foundations of American Education

This course introduces students to the social, economic, political and intellectual foundations of American education. It describes the development of the American school system in a rapidly changing environment, with emphasis on the relationship between education and society. Main topics to be explored are the structure and purposes of schooling, the professionalization of teaching, educational policy making and school social factors influencing teaching and learning, and the relationship between education and work. Class discussions are based upon both primary and secondary sources. The use of the technology as it relates to teaching and learning will be examined. This course will require a writing component. Also, 10 hours of fieldwork will be required.

Credits: 3 Every Fall, Spring and Summer 


EDI 643 Education for Cultural Diversity

The principles and practices of multicultural education are studied in this course, which provides a practical approach to implementation of a culturally diverse Curriculum and Instruction. Major issues covered include human rights, involvement of parents and the community, criteria for multicultural curricula, assessment and evaluation strategies, global issues in education, and formulating an agenda for educational and social action. The use of the technology as it relates to teaching and learning will be examined. This course will require a writing component. Also 10 hours of fieldwork will be required.

Credits: 3 On Demand


EDI 677 Curriculum Development for the Classroom Teacher

This course examines principles of curriculum construction, planning, development and justification in relationship to historical, theoretical and practical considerations of purpose, content and the organization of educational experiences. Consideration is given to principles of curriculum research and evaluation. The course embraces concern of the school and non-school settings for educational experiences. The use of the technology as it relates to teaching and learning will be examined. This course will require a writing component. Also, 10 hours of fieldwork will be required. Prerequisite of EDI 600, 601, and EDS 610 are required.

Credits: 3 Every Fall, Spring and Summer


EDI 700 Introduction to Educational Research

This course is designed to provide a broad understanding of the theories and practices of teacher action research in education. Students will be introduced to the theoretical background underlying teacher action research and engage in analytic and practical activities designed to demonstrate a systematic and reflexive inquiry into classroom practice. Components include (1) developing research questions, (2) designing and planning a meaningful research study, (3) collecting and analyzing data in ethical ways, (4) representing findings, and (5) incorporating the findings into practice. By the end of the course, students will know how to use action research in their educational practice.

Credits: 3 Every Fall, Spring and Summer 


EDI 610 General Methods of Teaching in Middle and High School Cross-listed as LIS 625

This course is a study of generic instructional techniques in which the student begins to explore the development of a repertoire of methodologies and materials to match instructional purposes. Students are expected to demonstrate mastery in a variety of teaching methods. The use of technology as it relates to teaching and learning will be examined. This course will require a writing component. Also, 20 hours of fieldwork will be required. Prerequisite of EDI 551, 555, 643, 677 or EDI 551,555,556 are required. Students in Art Education MS and Music Education MS require prerequisites of EDI 600 and EDI 601. 

Credits: 3 Every Fall and Spring


EDI 612 Teaching Social Studies in Elementary School Grades

This course examines social studies curriculum development through examination of theory and current practices in the school. Inquiry approach, model development, organizational patterns and teaching strategies are examined through current research. The use of the technology as it relates to teaching and learning will be examined. This course will require a writing component. Also, 10 hours of fieldwork will be required. Prerequisite of EDI 600, 601, and EDS 610 are required.

Credits: 3 Every Fall, Spring and Summer

 

EDI 613 Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School Grades

Educational and psychological dimensions of learning and teaching mathematics in grades K-6 are examined in the context of current trends in mathematics education. The development of mathematics concepts and understandings is explored through relevant activities and materials. Model programs and teaching approaches are discussed in light of current recommendations for mathematics education. The use of the technology as it relates to teaching and learning will be examined. This course will require a writing component. Also, 10 hours of fieldwork will be required. Prerequisite of EDI 600, 601, and EDS 610 are required.

Credits: 3 Every Fall, Spring and Summer


EDI 614 Teaching Science in Grades 1 - 6

This course is an examination of existing programs, materials and problems of science education in the light of current psychological and philosophical theories. Development of science activities with emphasis on the process of science, conceptual understanding, meeting individual differences, discovery approach and utilization of inexpensive, easily available materials for experiments and demonstrations are covered. The use of the technology as it relates to teaching and learning will be examined. This course will require a writing component. Also, 10 hours of fieldwork will be required. Prerequisite of EDI 600, 601, and EDS 610 are required.

Credits: 3 Every Fall, Spring and Summer


EDI 705 Thesis Seminar

This course is available only to those matriculated master's degree candidates electing to develop and write a thesis under the supervision of an approved faculty member. Registration must be approved by the student's departmental chairperson or designated representative.

Credits: 3 Every Semester


EDI 709 Supervised Student Teaching and Seminar in the Elementary School

This course is the systematic, extended observation and student teaching experience under supervision in a selected private or public school. Half of the experience is in first through grade three, and the other half is in grades four through six. A weekly seminar integrates theory with practice and provides orientation to the teaching profession. Prerequisite of EDI 600, 601, 612, 613, 614, 677, 643, 700, EDS 610, 611 & EDS 633.

Credits: 6 Every Fall and Spring


Health Education Course

HE 205A Adolescent Health-Risk Workshop

Adolescent Health-Risk Workshop

Credits: 0 Every Fall, Spring and Summer


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Abby.VanVlerah@liu.edu

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