Teaching, Learning, & Leadership

M.S.ED. in Childhood/Early Childhood Education (Birth - Grade 6)

The 52-credit M.S.Ed. in Childhood/Early Childhood Education (Birth – Grade 6) 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, birth to grade 6, and Childhood Education, grades 1–6. It prepares students to teach in pre-schools, kindergartens, and elementary school classrooms. There is also a 44 credit M.S.Ed. in Childhood/Early Childhood Urban Education (Birth – Grade 6) for students who already have certification in another area.

Optional extensions are available for students who wish to teach in middle schools, grades 7–9 (6 credits) or bilingual classrooms (9 credits).

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 24 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 (3-6 credits)
TAL 801 Issues in Urban Education 3 credits
TAL 802 Language and Literacy 3 credits*
Tier II: Observation and Description of Urban Learners (15 credits)
TAL 811 Lives of Children 3 credits*
TAL 810 Early Development 3 credits
TAL 803 Perspectives on Disability 3 credits
TAL 816 Teaching Literacy K-6 3 credits
TAL 830 Classroom Inquiry I 3 credits
Tier III: Inquiry of Urban Classrooms and Teaching Practices (24 credits)
TAL 831 Teaching Social Studies 1-6 3 credits
TAL 832 Teaching the Arts 1-6 3 credits
TAL 833 Teaching Science/Technology 1-6 3 credits
TAL 834 Teaching Math/Technology 1-6 3 credits
TAL 844 Environments, Practices and Play in Early Childhood and Community 3 Credits
TAL 873 Early Literacy 3 credits
TAL 880 Classroom Inquiry II 3 credits
TAL 846 Family Literacy and Parental Collaboration 3 credits
TAL 854 Positive Approaches to Challenging Behaviors 3 credits

*Required only of students seeking 1st initial certification

Tier IV: Advanced Inquiry and Practice (4-7 credits)
TAL 882A Student Teaching: Childhood 3 credits*
TAL 881B Student Teaching for the Practicing Teacher: Early Childhood 1 credit
TAL 971 Capstone Seminar 3 credits

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 
Optional Bilingual Extension (9 Credits)
TAL 823 Bilingualism & Bilingual/Multicultural Education 3 credits
TAL 862 ESL Curriculum & Methodology: Teaching Literacy K-12 3 credits
TAL 866 Native Language Teaching in the Bilingual Classroom 3 credits
Optional Extension in Middle Childhood (Grades 7-9) (6 credits)
TAL 812 Lives of Adolescents 3 credits
TAL 843 Curriculum in Middle School 3 credits


School of Education
Dr. Laura Seinfeld, Dean