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Master of Science 

Childhood Education

Content

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.

Admissions Requirements

Deadlines

Departmental Assistantship Consideration

Fall: Not Available
Spring: Not Available
Summer: Not Available
 

No Departmental Assistantship Consideration

Fall: July 15
Spring: November 15
Summer: April 23

Required Application Materials

Official Transcripts

All Schools Attended


Three Letters of Recommendation
At least one letter of academic recommendation from Professors.


Official GRE scores


Supplemental Documents

An equivalent first childhood/elementary teaching certificate from any state

Special Notes

The Childhood Education program requires three letters of recommendation. At least one letter should be from a past professor (or someone who has worked with you in an academic setting and can evaluate your academic capability). The other two 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; who can evaluate your substantial work (paid or unpaid) in education or your current field; who supervise your work in current employment and can speak to your capacity for collaborating, managing multiple projects simultaneously, as well as working independently; or who have observed your effectiveness in a professional or human-service context. At least two letters of recommendation should provide evidence that you can succeed in graduate education.

This program does not lead to certification as a Literacy Specialist.  This program is not available to international applicants. The test score requirement is for application Fall 2016 and forward. The department will also accept the following exams in lieu of GRE: edTPA, GMAT, Miller's Analogies, or Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators. Please contact the Pathways Into Education Center (518-442-3529) with questions regarding the entrance exam requirement. This program is available fully online.       

Please note: This program is licensure qualifying. 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.   

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