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Master of Science 

Early 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
  • 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.


See graduate bulletin for details.

Early Childhood Program Planning Worksheet

For more information contact Reisha Rieder at or 518-442-5100.


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
  • Preschool/Kindergarten Teacher: $40,838
  • Kindergarten Teacher: $55,729
  • Elementary Teacher: $63,277
  • Preschool Director: $64,397



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