Teaching, Learning, & Leadership

M.S.ED. in Early Childhood Education (Birth - Grade 2)

The 36-credit M.S.Ed. in Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 2) is for students without prior certification and leads to the degree of Master of Science and eligibility for initial NYS certification in Early Childhood Education. It prepares students to teach children from birth to second grade. There is also a 34 credit M.S.Ed. in Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 2) for students who already have certification in another area.

Students graduating from this program are eligible for teaching certification once they have passed all required portions of the New York State Teacher Certification Exam (NYSTCE). Students may also apply for Internship Certification after completing the first 18 credits. Internship Certification permits students to begin teaching while they complete their degrees.

Students with prior initial certification in another area will, upon completing this program, also be eligible for professional certification in their original certification area.

A non-certification track is available for students who are not interested in or who do not qualify for certification.

Course of Study
Tier I: Diversity, Language and Literacies in Urban Education (9 credits)
TAL 801 Issues in Urban Education 3 credits
TAL 802 Language and Literacy 3 credits
TAL 810 Early Development 3 credits
Tier II: Observation and Description of Urban Learners (12 credits)
TAL 803 Perspective on Disabilities 3 credits

TAL 830

Classroom Inquiry I 3 credits
TAL 844 Environments, Practices and Play in Early Childhood 3 credits
TAL 846 Family Literacy and Parental Collaboration 3 credits
Tier III: Inquiry of Urban Classrooms and Teaching Practices (9 credits)
TAL 845 Math and Science in Early Childhood 3 credits
TAL 873 Early Literacy 3 credits
TAL 880 Classroom Inquiry II 3 credits
Tier IV: Advanced Inquiry and Practice (4-6 credits)
TAL 881A* Student Teaching: Early Childhood 3 credits


TAL 881B** Student Teaching for the Practicing Teacher: Early Childhood 1 credit
TAL 971 Capstone Seminar 3 credits

* For students seeking 1st initial certification.
**For students seeking 2nd initial certification.

Students must also complete the following non-credit workshops offered through the School of Continuing Studies or present proof of equivalent training elsewhere:

State-Mandated Training
ALCX 702 Child Abuse Identification and Reporting
ALCX 703 Violence Prevention
ALCX 705  Harassment/Bullying/CyberBullying/Discrimnation 


School of Education
Dr. Laura Seinfeld, Dean