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Elementary and Early Childhood Education

Department Programs

Undergraduate Programs

The Undergraduate Program for NYS Initial Certification in Childhood Education is designed to prepare professionals who honor student diversity by providing opportunities for multiple forms of learning and expression. Students study the contexts as well as the processes of learning. Field assignments are embedded in each course syllabus, and are incorporated into class discussions. Students complete the first three courses in the program (EECE 201, 310, and 340) prior to applying for admission to the intensive professional preparation/certification sequence. The professional preparation sequence begins in the upper junior semester as students are completing their liberal arts co-major. It is organized in a cohort model, in which students and faculty work together both on campus and in the field.

Students interested in becoming elementary school teachers should contact the Department as early as freshman year for information about program requirements and procedures. Queens College has a Jointly Registered Program for Elementary Education majors with Queensborough and LaGuardia Community Colleges. Upon transfer to Queens College, students should contact the Department during their first semester at Queens.

Graduate Programs

The Department of Elementary & Early Childhood Education (EECE) offers graduate programs leading to New York State certification in Childhood Education, Grades 1–6 and Early Childhood Education, B–2. The programs prepare teachers to support learning and development within the family, culture, and community contexts of students and schools. EECE programs share a commitment to educational practices that honor linguistic and cultural diversity, and integrate technology and instruction to enhance learning.

The Department offers a 39-credit program leading to the Master of Science in Education degree (MSED) for students who have completed a teacher certification program in elementary/early childhood and currently hold a provisional or initial teaching certificate.

For students who did not complete an elementary education certification program as undergraduates, EECE offers a 36-credit program leading to the Master of Arts in Teaching degree (MAT). Courses are generally offered in the late afternoon and evening. 


Childhood Education, Grades 1-6


Childhood Education, Grades 1-6 (MAT)

Elementary Education w/Bilingual Extension, Grades 1-6

Childhood Education & Special Education, Grades 1-6

Early Childhood Education, Birth -2nd Grade


Early Childhood Education, Birth - 2nd Grade

Childhood Education, Grades 1-6

Literacy Teacher, Birth - Grade 6


Bilingual Extension


18-credit Post-Masters B-6 Literacy


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 Events and Updates

Queens College, CUNY seeks to recruit 20 candidates whose tuition will be funded by the NYSED OBEWL for the completion of five courses leading to the Bilingual Extension. Click here for more information about the Online Bilingual Extension Program.​​

NEW FOR SPRING 2017 Spring-semester only, 4-course ADDITIONAL CERTIFICATION programs in Early Childhood Education (Birth-2nd Grade) and Childhood Education (Grades 1-6).
Click here for more information and faculty contact.


Sabbatical Program for New York City Teachers​

NEW FOR FALL 2016: MAT Early Childhood Education(Birth-2nd Grade) and MAT Childhood (Grades 1-6) PROGRAMS​

These 36-credit, three semester programs are designed for students with no prior educational training to prepare for either Birth-2nd Grade or Grades 1-6 New York State Initial Certificate. Students interested in preparing for a second certification in B-2, 1-6, or Bilingual education can take the necessary courses in the fourth semester.  Students interested in courses leading to a second certification in Special Education should contact the program coordinator of Special Education.

Early Childhood Education B-2
Dr. Patricia M. Cooper
Powdermaker Hall 054
Telephone: (718) 997-5302
Childhood Education 1-6
Graduate Students only

Dr. Mary Bushnell Greiner
Powdermaker Hall 054
Telephone:  (718) 997-5302
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