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Master of Science 

Early 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
  • Language Acquisition, B-2
  • Strategic Intervention to Prevent Literacy Difficulties
  • Literacy in Society
  • Teaching Social Studies, B-6
  • Early Literacy Development, B-2
  • Data-Based Decision Making in Literacy Assessment, Policy, and Practice
  • Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School
  • Science for Children

Elective (choose one)

  • Children's Literature
  • Teaching Writing, B-6
  • Integrated Literacy Instruction, B-6
  • Media Literacy
  • Literacy for English Language Learners
  • Assessment in Education

    Final Project

    Teachers complete the NYSED and university required culminating project during their final course.

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


    See the Graduate Bulletin for details.

    For more information contact Reisha Rieder at [email protected] or 518-442-5100.

    This program is approved for licensure or certification in New York State and the institution has not made a determination regarding the educational requirements for any other state.

    Content

    Median Annual Salaries: Albany, NY
    • Preschool/Kindergarten Teacher: $40,838
    • Kindergarten Teacher: $55,729
    • Elementary Teacher: $63,277
    • Preschool Director: $64,397


    Source: salaryexpert.com

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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

    Deadlines
    • Fall: July 15
    • Spring: November 30
    • Summer: April 15

    There is no departmental assistantship consideration for this program.

    Required Application Materials
    • Transcripts from all schools attended (with at least a 3.0 GPA)
    • Three letters of recommendation (see Special Notes below)
    • Program-specific application questions
    • Official GRE scores*

    *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. In light of the current situation, applications will be considered for review without GRE (or approved alternative) scores. Official admission will be contingent on the receipt of exams scores; however, we encourage all interested individuals still apply.


    Supplemental Documents

    A teacher certification in early childhood/kindergarten level from any state, or professional certification in any area.

    Special Notes

    The Early 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.

    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.

    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.

    Accreditation

    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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    See 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 at the University at Albany


    Advanced Graduate Certificate Programs

    • Adolescent Special Education for Childhood Special Educators
    • Adolescent Special Education for Content Teachers
    • School Building Leadership
    • School District Leadership
    • School District Business Leadership


    Master of Science Programs

    • Childhood Education (Online)
    • Early Childhood Education (Online)
    • Informatic Science (Online)
    • Literacy
    • Special Education: Inclusion
    • Special Education: Inclusion and Special Education
    • Special Education: Internship Certificate
    • Special Education and Literacy I
    • Special Education and Literacy II
    • Special Education and Literacy (BS/MS Option)
    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.
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    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