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Master of Science 

Childhood Education

Program of Study


This curriculum is regularly updated to include current best practices of professionals working in the field. Coursework can be completed part-time online or part-time or full-time on campus.


Core Courses

  • Classroom Literacy Instruction
  • Children's Literature
  • Strategic Intervention to Prevent Literacy Difficulties
  • Literacy in Society
  • Teaching Writing, B-6
  • Teaching Social Studies, B-6
  • Data-Based Decision Making in Literacy Assessment, Policy, and Practice
  • Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School
  • Science for Children

Elective Courses (choose one)

  • Language Acquisition
  • Integrated Literacy Instruction, B-6
  • Media Literacy
  • Early Literacy Development, B-2
  • Literacy for English Language Learners
  • Assessment in Education
  • OR Approved University course as advised

To pursue professional certification once you complete the program, you must request the University recommend you to the New York State Department of Education.

Additional Information

See the Graduate Bulletin for details.

For more information, contact Reisha Rieder at [email protected].

This program is approved for licensure or certification in New York State. 
For more information on Professional Licensure Disclosure, please see the Graduate Bulletin.

Median Annual Salaries: Albany, NY
  • Elementary Teacher: $63,277
  • Middle School Teacher: $60,327

Source: salaryexpert.com

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"Education courses at the University at Albany enabled me to improve my teaching practice to the point that I received the prestigious New York State Excellence in Teaching Award."

– Alyssa Stoller, MS in Childhood Education, 2019

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The School of Education has been delivering exemplary online courses for more than 20 years. In 2019, UAlbany online graduate programs in education were ranked 8th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

You can earn your master’s degree part-time or full-time through online courses and/or campus-based evening and summer classes that work with your schedule.

In this designated OpenSUNY+ program, you also have access to comprehensive support services including a 24/7 help desk, online tutoring, and personal advising.

Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: August 1
  • Spring: December 15
  • Summer: May 1

There is no departmental assistantship consideration for this program.

Required Application Materials
  • A teacher certification in childhood/elementary level from any state, or NYS professional certification in any area
  • Transcripts from all schools attended (with at least a 3.0 GPA)
  • Three letters of recommendation (see Special Notes below)
  • Program-specific application questions

Special Notes

This program is available fully online. This program leads to NYS professional certification if you hold a NYS initial. This program does not lead to certification as a Literacy Specialist. This program is not available to international applicants.

The Childhood Education program requires three letters of recommendation. At least one letter should be from a college/university professor/instructor.  The other two letters can come from individuals who have observed you in a professional context. All the recommendations should come from people who would be able to evaluate your capability for academic success.

Complete all questions on the application and take your time with the written questions. We read your responses carefully, not only for what you say but also to learn how you express your thoughts in writing. Be candid about your goals, experiences, and your own literacy abilities.

This program requires an internship, field experience, study abroad component, or clinical experience requirement. Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and/or to meet licensure requirements for certain professions.  If applicants have concerns about this matter, please contact the Dean’s Office of the intended academic program.


Available information for applicants.


The University at Albany is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP), a national accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.


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Accreditation Details

The programs listed below have been awarded full accreditation by AAQEP through June 30, 2028. Full accreditation acknowledges that a program prepares effective educators who continue to grow as professionals and has demonstrated the commitment and capacity to maintain quality.

AAQEP-Accredited Programs and Annual Reports at the University at Albany

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Note: Students admitted to this program must complete the degree requirements and be awarded their degree by Summer 2026 (no later than August 31, 2026) in order to comply with the New York State Education Department (NYSED). Additional details regarding this NYSED requirement. The department is currently in the process of creating a new program that meets the new NYSED certification requirements. Please check the Graduate Bulletin and the School of Education webpage for updates.

Student Learning Objectives

Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.

Master of Science
  • Our students demonstrate an understanding of the literacy knowledge and instruction appropriate for educational and/or community settings.
  • Students apply their understanding of diversity, equity, and technology to educational and/or community settings.
  • Students apply their content knowledge and understanding of literacy practices to the education and/or community setting of their choice through a reflective essay or inquiry project.

Careers and Advisement

The Pathways Into Education (PIE) Center is the central office on campus serving undergraduate, graduate, and prospective students interested in pursuing careers in education and programs leading to teacher certification.

Please call or email to schedule an appointment.

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