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Program Requirements

A student must maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in the M.S. in Childhood Education/Literacy (Birth – Grade 6) Program. Any student whose cumulative grade point average falls below 3.00 will be evaluated by the Academic Standing Committee of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, issued a letter of warning, and placed on probation. A student on probation who fails to bring his or her average up to 3.00 in the succeeding semester may be dropped from the program. In addition, a student who receives grades below B in two graduate courses is considered to have an academic deficiency. A third grade below B, after the student receives a formal warning of the deficiency, may cause the student to lose matriculated status or be dropped from the program.

Courses offered by the Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Course Credits
EDI 600 Psychological Foundations of Education 3
EDI 601 Social Foundations of American Education 3
EDI 612 Teaching Social Studies in School Grades 1-6 3
EDI 613 Teaching Mathematics in School Grades 1-6 3
EDI 614 Teaching Science in School Grades 1-6 3
EDI 677 Curriculum and Assessment for the Classroom Teachers 3
EDI 710 Supervised Student Teaching and Seminar in Grades 1-6 3
Subtotal Credits 21

Courses offered by Special Education and Literacy

Course Credits
EDS 600 Introduction to the Study of the Exceptional Child 3
EDI 610 Literacy Teaching and Learning: Birth-Grade 6 3
EDS 619 Literacy Through Literature Across the Curriculum: Birth-Grade 6 3
EDS 622 Contemporary Issues in Literacy Research 3
EDS 640 Literacy in the Content Areas: Birth-Grade 6 3
EDS 642 Literacy/Language Arts Instructions: Birth-Grade 6 3
EDS 615 Practicum I. Literacy Assessment and Intervention: Birth-Grade 6 3
EDS 616 Practicum II. Overcoming Literacy Difficulties: Birth-Grade 6 (Supervised Clinic) 3
HE 205A Health and Substance Abuse Seminar 0
EDS 703 Practicum III. Overcoming Literacy Difficulties: Birth-Grade 6 (Supervised Clinic) 3
Subtotal Credits 27


Total Degree Credit Requirement: 48 credits


150 hours of Field Experience is required prior to Student Teaching.

Culminating Experience (0-3 Credits)

For Curriculum and Instruction ONLY

Comprehensive Exam 0
OR Final Project 0
OR EDI 705 – Thesis 3


New York State Certification Requirements

  • New York State Teacher Certification Exams (LAST, ATSW & CST-Multi)
  • Project S.A.V.E. Workshop
  • Child Abuse Workshop
  • New York State Fingerprint Clearance
  • Liberal Arts Review


Other Requirements

  • You must complete all the course work listed in your Degree Requirements and achieve an overall G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher.
  • You must participate in a minimum of 120 hours of Field Experience, prior to Student Teaching.
  • You must pass the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST)/Assessment of Teaching (LAST/ATS-W/CST). For complete information about the New York State Teacher Certification Exams, visit the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations Web site.
  • In order to be certified to teach in New York State, all students pursuing a teacher education degree must participate in two workshops, a School Violence Prevention and Intervention Workshop (Project S.A.V.E.) and a Child Abuse Identification Workshop. These workshops should be taken in your last two semesters of your degree program.
  • In order to student teach or receive your New York State teaching certificate or apply for employment in a school district, charter school or boards of cooperative educational services (BOCES), New York State requires you to satisfy a Fingerprint Investigation for a criminal history background check. LIU Post recommends that you participate in the fingerprinting prior to student teaching. Visit the “Fingerprinting” section of the New York State Education Department Web site for more information and directions on how to apply. If you are a certified teacher who has already been fingerprinted by the New York State Education Department database before July 1, 2001, you do not need to be reprinted.
  • You must participate in Student Teaching for one semester, full-time. This generally occurs mid-way in your program of study.

See Teaching Certification Requirements for details.