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Master of Science 

Childhood Education (On Campus + Online)


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 
Program Highlights

TEAC Program Accreditation

This teacher preparation program is accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) for the ten-year period of April 30, 2011 to April 30, 2021.

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

Median Annual Salaries: Albany, NY

  • Elementary Teacher: $63,277
  • Middle School Teacher: $60,327

Source: salaryexpert.com

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


US News & World Report Best Online Programs Ranking

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.

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.

Graduate Advisement:
Email Graduate Advisement
(518) 442-3529