Engage Children in Meaningful Learning
Build on your expertise in teaching preschoolers and children (Birth – Second Grade) to help them develop age-appropriate language, literacy, and content area knowledge and skills.
The program includes courses in literacy instruction, language acquisition, and pre-school/elementary teaching of science, mathematics, and social studies. Additional courses cover assessment methods, family engagement, intervention strategies, data-based decision making, and Next Generation Learning Standards.
If you hold initial New York State (NYS) teacher certification in early childhood education, or if you already hold permanent NYS teacher certification in another content area, the master's in early childhood education enables you to pursue professional certification to teach grades B-2.
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.
- 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
Teachers complete the NYSED and university required culminating project during their final course.
For more information contact Reisha Rieder at firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-442-5100.
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.
- Preschool/Kindergarten Teacher: $40,838
- Kindergarten Teacher: $55,729
- Elementary Teacher: $63,277
- Preschool Director: $64,397
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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