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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)

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 SA1 base program.

Additional Options & Certifications
  • Additional Advanced Certificate in Urban Teaching and Leadership [UT1] (6 Additional Credits)
  • Additional Advanced Certificate in Digitally-Rich Teaching in K-12 Schools [OT3] (9 Additional Credits)
  • Additional NYS certification in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) grades K-12 [NT1] (10 Additional Credits)
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (grades K-12) (initial + professional)
  • Additional NYS certification for Teaching Students with Disabilities in Early Childhood (birth to grade 2) [DA1] (12 Additional Credits)
  • Teaching Students w/ disabilities in Early Childhood (birth to grade 2) (initial + professional)


Primary program course requirements

The primary program includes a total of 34 credits of which 4 are field experiences. The detailed SA1 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 SA1 Program of Study Form.


Entry Level Courses   

Up to 10 credits in graduate-level coursework in education or related fields to be transferred in or completed at the Warner School prior to matriculating into the Master’s degree program if approved by the faculty advisor.

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 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

Internships   
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
 

Notes:

1. 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.

2. Some of the required coursework can be met through equivalent graduate level courses completed in previous programs, if approved by the program advisor.

3. 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.




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 specializaion
  • 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)