All programs in the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education (EECE) demonstrate a commitment to Ethics, Excellence, and Equity in education through preparing students to be teachers and community educators who respect all families, honor linguistic and cultural diversity, hold high expectations of all learners, and are proficient in the academic and technological standards of the profession.
Undergraduate major offered: Childhood Education, Grades 1–6
The EECE Department offers an undergraduate program in elementary education, which prepares students for the New York State Initial Certificate in Childhood Education (Grades 1–6). The program can only be taken as a co-major; students must also complete a co-major in one of the liberal arts and sciences programs.
Undergraduate students who are interested in becoming elementary school teachers must seek advice about program planning as early as their freshman year. The department holds informational sessions about New York State certification and program requirements several times each semester. First and second-year students considering careers in elementary education are encouraged to attend. Contact the Division of Education (718-997-5302) for the schedule.
How to apply: Applicants to the undergraduate program should consult with an advisor in the Academic Advising Center or speak with an undergraduate advisor in the EECE department.
Graduate programs in Early Childhood
Education (Birth-2nd Grades), Childhood Education (Grades 1-6),
Literacy Teacher (Birth-6 Grade), Dual Childhood and Special Education (Grades
1-6), Extensions in Early Childhood Education (Birth-2nd Grades),
Childhood Education (Grades 1-6), Bilingual Education, and Post-Masters
Department offers a variety of graduate programs. Courses are generally offered in the late
afternoon and evening. Part-time students typically register for 6 credits each
semester. A usual full-time program would be 12 credits each semester and 6
credits in the summer, pending course availability.
36-credit Master of Arts in Teaching degree (MAT) programs prepare students
with no prior educational training for the New York State Initial Certificate
in either Early Childhood
Education (Birth-Grade 2) or Childhood Education (Grades 1-6). 12 additional credits provides
the possibility of obtaining an extension certification in either B-2 or 1-6.
The Master of Arts in
Teaching (MAT) with Bilingual Extension is also available.
Several options leading to a Master of Science in Education (MSED) exist for applicants who already possess initial certification. These include a Master of Science in Education degree (MSED) in either Early Childhood Education (B-2) or Childhood Education (Grades 1-6). Students interested in pursuing a literacy certification can apply to the MS Literacy Teacher, B-6 program, leading to New York State professional certification in Literacy Education (Birth-6 Grade) and the degree of Master of Science in Education. A Master of Science in Elementary Education with Bilingual Extension and Dual Master of Science in Childhood and Special Education are also available.
For applicants who have completed their master's degree, EECE offers a 15-credit Post-Master’s Certificate Program, including an Advanced Certificate in Bilingual Education or child development and psychology, children’s literature, early childhood education (birth-2nd grade), language minority education, math education, science education, and social studies education. The MSED Literacy Teacher B-6 program offers an 18-credit certificate only for those teachers who already hold a
The summary of three different bilingual programs is available here.
How to apply: Applicants to a graduate program should consult the Graduate Admissions website.
Because requirements for certification in New York State may change and result in program modifications, it is essential that prospective EECE students keep informed by maintaining communication with the department.