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Master of Science in Education (MSED) 

in Early Childhood Education (Birth - 2nd Grade)

​for degree candidates who hold Initial Certification in another licensing area


This 39-credit degree program serves those seeking to teach or work with young children from birth through age 8 and their families. This includes, but is not limited to, infant and toddler settings, pre-schools, public and private pre-kindergartens through 2nd grades, as well as community agencies.Bi-lingual and Special Education Extension certificates are available through additional coursework.

Program Faculty and Director

Dr. Patricia M. Cooper:

Program Faculty

Dr. Sara Michael-Luna:

Professor Karen Steuerwalt:​

 Entrance requirements

  • Childhood (Grades 1-6) certification
  • 3.0 GPA
  • Essay
  • Two recommendations

Field requirement All courses carry a field experience requirement, totaling 50 hours minimum prior to taking EECE 730/Practicum. The Practicum is equal to 6 weeks or 30 full days in the field.

Degree candidates who have received B-2 certification through New York State’s Individual Evaluation Pathway may apply to substitute an elective for EECE/730Practicum. See advisor for details.

​​​ Class Schedule Courses are taught in pairs during the week. The first course begins at 4:35. The second begins at 7:15. Some courses are offered in the hybrid format, meaning a percentage of face to face class meetings are replaced with online activities or virtual meetings. 

Entry Degree candidates enter in the fall semester only.

B-2 Certification Degree candidates are recommended for certification upon completion of the program.

MSED Early Childhood Education (Birth – grade 2) Course Schedule


 Office Information


Chair: Daisuke Akiba
Powdermaker Hall, Room 057C

65-30 Kissena Blvd.

Flushing, NY 11367

Telephone: 718-997-5302

Fax: 718-997-5325 

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 Program Coordinator

MAT B-2 Program Coordinator
Dr. Patsy Cooper
Powdermaker Hall 054
Telephone: (718) 997-5302

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