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M.S. in Early Childhood Education (TA1)

(as of 08/30/2016)

The core program leads a NYS Certification in 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 TA1 base program.

Additional Options & Certifications
  • 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)
  • Additional NYS certification in Childhood Education (grades 1-6) [NA2] (14 Additional Credits)
  • Teaching in Childhood Education (grades 1-6) (initial + professional)
  • Additional Advanced Certificate in Urban Teaching and Leadership [UT1] (6 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 45 credits. The detailed TA1 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 TA1 Program of Study Form.

Pedagogical Core
ED400 Topics in Teaching and Schooling, Part 1
ED400A Topics in Teaching and Schooling, Part 2
EDU442 Race, Class, Gender, and Disability in American Education
ED447 Disability and Schools

Literacy Requirement
EDU498 Literacy Learning as Social Practice
EDE476 Teaching English Learners in Content Classrooms

Specialization Courses
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
EDF404 Field Experiences in Elementary Schools
or EDF405 Field Experiences in Inclusive Elementary School Settings
EDF406 Student Teaching in Elementary Schools A
or EDF407 Student Teaching in Inclusive Elementary School Settings A
EDF442 Student Teaching with Preschool Children
or EDF443 Student Teaching with Preschool Children in Inclusive Settings


1. This set of courses and internships is required for anyone who wants to obtain NYS teacher certification to teach all subjects in Early Childhood (birth to grade 2), and must be completed before a degree is issued by Warner and you can obtain any of the additional NYS certifications, NYS extensions or Warner certificates identified later in this program of study form.

2. If you also choose to pursue certification in Teaching Students with Disabilities, you must complete all the internships in inclusive settings (i.e., select EDF441, EDF405, EDF407, and EDF443).

3. No additional internships are needed to also pursue NYS certification in Early Childhood Education -- you will need only additional coursework for 6 credits.

4. One of the methods courses can count for the first specialization course for the Advanced Certificate in Digitally-Rich Teaching in K-12 Schools.

5. Students interested in adding the UT1 certificate need to take Introduction to Urban Education in Summer A prior to student teaching, and the two 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.

  • B.A. or B.S. Degree w/ Major in One or More Liberal Arts or Sciences
  • Teacher Candidates Comprehensive Portfolio
  • NYS-approved Workshop on Recognizing the Signs of Child Abuse
  • Dignity for All Students (DASA) Training in Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying, & Discrimination Prevention and Intervention
  • NYS-approved Workshop on School Violence Prevention and Intervention
  • Finger-print Supported Background Check (to be completed and submitted directly to NYS at the beginning of the program)
  • NYS Exam - Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST) (as of 3/13/17 no longer required for initial teaching certification.)
  • NYS Exam - Educating all Students (EAS)
  • NYS Exam - Education Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA)
  • 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 Urban Teaching Experience with the First One Conducted in a Mentored Situation (NOT a graduation requirement but needed before applying for professional certification)
  • Language Prerequisite (a minumum of 1 college-level course in a language other than English, or equivalent)