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Elementary and Early Childhood Education

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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 Certificates.  New: Beginning Spring 2017, we offer two new Spring-semester only, 4-course Additional Certification programs in Early Childhood Education (Birth-2nd Grade) and Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) for applicants holding a masters degree and initial certification. See link in right hand column for more information.

The EECE 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.

The 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 

masters degree.  

The summary of three different bilingual programs is available here.


How to apply: Applicants to a graduate program should consult the Graduate Admissions website.

Important note:

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.



 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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 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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