Childhood Education MS

The MS in Early Childhood or Childhood Education is intended for teachers who already have initial certification in either of these areas.    In either an online or campus-based format, the program focuses on responsive teaching and empowerment for students and teachers.  Newly revised in 2013, the coursework brings together current research and policy to prepare teachers to teach children from Birth to Grade 6.  Coursework addresses the key components of literacy and content areas instruction, including literacy development, children’s literature, science, mathematics, social studies, writing instruction, literacy engagement, strategic literacy instruction, assessment, data-based decision making, critical literacy, family partnerships, and the Common Core Standards.   Initial teaching certification in Early Childhood or Childhood is required for admission into this program.  The program provides the MS degree needed for professional certification in New York State in the area of your original initial certificate (i.e., Childhood or Early Childhood).  If you are interested in obtaining your literacy certification, please consider the MS in Literacy degree.

Degree Level: MS

Department: Reading

School or College: School of Education

Required Credentials: Transcripts, 3 Letters of recommendation (including academic and teaching recs on the UA recommendation form), Dept. Questionnaire and a valid/pending NY initial Childhood Ed teaching certificate or an equivalent first certificate from another state

Application Deadline for Fall Admission and Assistantship Consideration: N/A
Application Deadline for Fall Admission without Assistantship Consideration: May 31

Application Deadline for Spring Admission and Assistantship Consideration: N/A
Application Deadline for Spring Admission without Assistantship Consideration: October 19

Application Deadline for Summer Admission and Assistantship Consideration: N/A
Application Deadline for Summer Admission without Assistantship Consideration: March 30

Special Notes:

This program does not lead to certification as a Literacy Specialist.  Please click here for the Literacy/Early Childhood Education/Childhood Education Departmental Questionnaire.

Grad Bulletin URL:

http://www.albany.edu/graduatebulletin/early_childhood_education_literacy_ms_degree.htm

Departmental Website:

http://www.albany.edu/reading/prospective_ms_students.php