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Early Childhood Resources 

Teacher Education Programs in Early Childhood

The Warner School’s early childhood teacher education programs prepare individuals interested in teaching children birth through age 8 in NYS public schools and/or other contexts (such as childcare centers and after-school programs throughout the world). Graduates of our program become early childhood teachers who play a pivotal role in the development of young children and lay the foundation for a lifetime of interest in learning.

Children learn more quickly during their first five years than at any other time in life. Early childhood teachers are some of the most important teachers as they help young children develop a love for learning during these formative years that impacts their lives for years to come. They directly impact how their students develop learning skills as well as social and emotion abilities. And, they believe young children are learning every day and they enjoy every stage of early development.

Whether you are interested in working in a public school in NYS, or a community-based early childhood center or a public or private school, or owning your own child care business, our early childhood program will prepare you to work with children from birth to age 8 and to play a key role during the formative years in determining their future.

Interdisciplinary in both content and process, coursework and field experiences prepare our students to have a deep understanding and strong foundation of early childhood development in the areas of language, cognitive, social emotional, and physical development. Throughout the program, they explore current research on early childhood curriculum in the areas of literacy, science, mathematics, and social studies, and they gain a deep understanding of these subjects they teach and the skills and understanding of teaching, learning, and development needed to help all children develop to their fullest potential. They gain a strong understanding of how children develop within the context of a family, community, and society and what impact this has on development, as well as an in-depth analysis of human development during the early childhood years. These experiences prepare dedicated, creative, and motivated teachers who are capable of supporting the learning and growth of young children at whatever rate they are developing.

Our graduates are critically reflective practitioners who understand children and their needs, and they have the ability and interest to see beyond themselves to delve into a young child’s world. They are compassionate teachers who help children make sense of the world around them and support them when they make mistakes. And, they develop meaningful relationships with children’s families and support their learning as well.

At the heart of our work in early childhood education is a commitment to social justice and equity. Our graduates lead efforts to advocate for full inclusion of all students in heterogeneous learning environments that value diversity and maintain high expectations based on students’ individual strengths, needs, and interests.

Non-certification program for early childhood teachers:

This program has been designed for individuals who are not interested in obtaining or eligible to obtain New York State (NYS) teaching certification – as they are planning to teach early childhood students (between birth to age 8) in international, private or charter schools, or other informal learning settings, such as day care centers, camps, clubs, or after-school programs.  As such, this option does not include field experiences or student teaching, and has more flexibility in terms of curriculum and electives.
  • MS – Early Childhood Education (without NYS certification) (GA1)

Programs leading to NYS certification in early childhood:
To teach in early childhood in public schools in New York State, you need to obtain initial teaching certification in early childhood education (birth to grade 2). Professional certification and a master’s degree are also eventually required. Our Warner early childhood teacher preparation programs will provide you with all the coursework needed to apply for both NYS certifications. Provided you have the necessary content background, our program also allows you to pursue more than one certification at the same time and with minimal additional credits.

A key highlight of our early childhood teacher preparation programs leading to NYS certification is how our faculty integrate urban education into the whole curriculum. We make it a part of every course so that students are equipped and prepared to work in all schools—particularly in some of our most underserved school districts where there is a shortage of high-quality and innovative teachers.

Select the option that best matches your situation:

MS program for individuals seeking NYS certification in early childhood as their first teaching certification (plus possible enhancements in inclusion and urban education):
Programs for current teachers seeking additional certification in early childhood education:
Programs for holders of initial certification in early childhood education seeking professional certification:

Prerequisites for students seeking NYS certification
Any program leading to NYS certification requires the GRE exam or the Miller Analogies exam and a 3.0 GPA, effective fall 2016. Prerequisites for entry-level teachers at the early childhood level include a bachelor’s degree with a major in liberal arts or science and one course in a language other than English (or equivalent).  Please check the detailed program of study for the program you are considering for specific prerequisites and other requirements for certification.
We expect students entering our teacher preparation programs to have already fulfilled these prerequisites. If this is not the case, you may still be allowed to enter our programs at the discretion of your advisor; you will, however, have to take the needed coursework before the end of the program in order to be recommended for certification to the New York State Education Department. Some subject matter courses taken at the graduate level can be used as electives in a master's program, provided that they are taken at the graduate level and have been approved by your advisor as part of your program of study.

New Graduate Entrance Exam Requirement for Teacher Applicants
New York State has approved and enacted a law that requires all colleges and universities with graduate-level teacher and educational leadership programs to require candidates to submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Miller's Analogy Test (MAT) or a substantially equivalent admission assessment, effective July 1, 2016. See the full announcement to understand what is now required and how that impacts students starting in Summer and Fall 2016 and beyond.

New York State Certification Exams
The New York State Department of Education (NYSED) requires initial teaching certification candidates to pass the following examinations before they will be eligible for certification:
  • edTPA
  • Educating All Students Test (EAS)
  • Revised Content Specialty Test (CST)
Information regarding the examinations is available at http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/index.asp
The Warner School strongly recommends that you pass the appropriate Content Specialty Test (CST) in the discipline in which you are pursuing a base certification before you begin student teaching. Not doing so may place your student teaching placement in jeopardy.