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M.S. in Professional Study: Generalist (Early Childhood) (PA2)

(as of 02/01/2015)


The core program leads a NYS Certification in Professional teaching certification in the original area of certification.

Program Options/Extensions:
In addition to taking the core program outlined below, students may want to consider supplementing their program to achieve other goals and pursue additional certification. Each option enhancement has specific prerequisites and/or course requirements in addition to the requirements for the PA2 base program.

Additional Options & Certifications
  • Additional Advanced Certificate in Urban Teaching and Leadership [UT1] (9 Additional Credits)
  • [OT3] (12 Additional Credits)
  • Additional NYS certification in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) grades K-12 [NT1] (16 Additional Credits)
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (grades K-12) (initial + professional)


Primary program course requirements

The primary program includes a total of 30 credits. The detailed PA2 Program of Study Form shows the additional requirements for the program option(s)/extension(s). When you meet with your advisor, you will complete a detailed PA2 Program of Study Form.


Masters' Core
ED406 Master's Research Methods
EDU442 Race, Class, Gender, and Disability in American Education
or ED404 Teaching, Curriculum, and Change

Content-Pedagogy Courses
EDU440 Children's Literature and Literacy Learning
or ED409 Language and Literacy in Education
EDU430 Theory and Practice in Teaching and Learning Mathematics in Elementary School
or ED489 Implementing Curriculum Reform in Mathematics
EDU428 Theory and Practice in Teaching and Learning Social Studies in Elementary School
EDU429 Theory and Practice in Teaching and Learning Science in Elementary School

Electives

Choose electives for a total of 12 credits.

Notes:

1. Students interested in also pursuing one or more Advanced Certificates -- see Optional Enhancements section -- can reduce the number of additional credits needed to meet these programs' requirements by choosing electives appropriately. Note, however, that internships and field experiences (identified by a course number that starts with EDF) cannot be counted towards the minimum requirement of a total of 30 credits of coursework for any master's Program. Be sure to discuss options with your advisor early in your program.

2. Students interested in adding the UT1 certificate need to take Introduction to Urban Education in Summer A prior to student teaching, and the 2 UT1 seminars concurrent with their field experiences/student teaching.

Other Requirements:

In addition to the coursework indicated above, in order to graduate and to receive the certification(s)/licensure (if any) you are seeking this program has additional requirements. Please note that in some cases, while our program will provide you with all the academic experiences required for the certification you seek, there may be some additional requirements that you will have to complete independently and outside of our program in order to be granted that certification/licensure (ex: completing a certain number of years of mentored experiences). When that is the case, we have listed these requirements but also indicated that they are not a graduation requirement.

  • Initial Teaching Certification in Childhood Education
  • Master's Essay or Thesis
  • Dignity for All Students (DASA) Training in Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying, & Discrimination Prevention and Intervention
  • NYS Exam - Content Specialty Test (CST) for each area of specialization sought
  • Initiate NY State Teacher certification process with the Warner School Certification Officer
  • 3 Years of Teaching Experience with the First One Conducted in a Mentored Situation (NOT a graduation requirement but needed before applying for professional certification)