M.S. in Childhood Education (for current teachers) SA2

This program leads to the following NYS Certifications:
Professional teaching certification in the original area of certification
Teaching in Childhood Education (grades 1-6) (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 SA2 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 grades 1-6 [DA2] (12 Additional Credits)
  • Teaching Students w/ disabilities in Childhood (grades 1-6) (initial + professional)

Primary program course requirements

The primary program includes a total of 32 credits. The detailed M.S. in Childhood Education (for current teachers) SA2 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 program plan for M.S. in Childhood Education (for current teachers) SA2

Entry Level Courses   

Up to 10 credits in graduate-level coursework in education or related fields may be transferred in prior to matriculating into the Master’s degree program if approved by the faculty advisor. These transfer credits can fulfill an elective requirement or be a direct substitution of a required course. Required courses that are part of accreditation assessments cannot be substituted.

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

Specialization Courses   
EDU464 Child Development and Learning in Context (ages 5 to 12)
EDU498 Literacy Learning as Social Practice
EDU427 Theory and Practice in Teaching and Learning Literacy in School
EDU440 Children's Literature and Literacy Learning
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
EDU480A Theory and Practice of Teaching and Learning the Arts in Elementary School (Part 1) (2 credits)
EDU480B Theory and Practice of Teaching and Learning the Arts in Elementary School (Part 2) (1 credit)

EDF404 Field Experiences in Elementary Schools
or EDF405 Field Experiences in Inclusive Elementary School Settings


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 or completing exams).

    Required for Program Completion
  • Master's Essay or Thesis
  • Dignity for All Students (DASA) Training in Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying, & Discrimination Prevention and Intervention
    Required for Recommendation
  • Initiate NY State Teacher certification process with the Warner School Certification Officer
    Required for Certification (key items)
  • Initial Teaching Certification in any specialization
  • NYS Exam - Content Specialty Test (CST) for each area of specialization sought (Required for program completion with Spring 2019 admits)
  • 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)