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M.S. in Early Childhood Education (for current teachers) (SA1)

(as of 05/03/2016)

This program leads to the following NYS Certifications:
Professional teaching certification in the original area of certification
Teaching in Early Childhood Education (birth to grade 2) (initial + professional)

Course requirements

This program includes a total of 34 credits of which 4 are field experiences. When you meet with your advisor, you will complete a detailed SA1 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

Specialization Courses
ED447 Disability and Schools
ED408 Development, Learning, and Teaching for Children Ages Birth to 3
ED407 Development, Learning, and Teaching for Children Ages 3 to 5
EDU464 Child Development and Learning in Context (ages 5 to 12)
EDU427 Theory and Practice in Teaching and Learning Literacy in Elementary School
EDU430 Theory and Practice in Teaching and Learning Mathematics in Elementary School
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

EDF440 Field Experiences with Children 0-3
or EDF441 Field Experiences with Children 0-3 in Inclusive Settings
EDF442 Student Teaching with Preschool Children
or EDF443 Student Teaching with Preschool Children in Inclusive Settings


EDU498 is a prerequisite of the required course EDU427; if you have not already taken EDU498 (or a course determined as equivalent by your advisor), you will have to add it to your program of study in addition to the required courses and internships listed above.

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 Any specialization
  • 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)