Master of Arts in Teaching Childhood Education (Grades 1-6)

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) prepares future teachers to enter the elementary school teaching profession. The program stresses reflective teaching and the proactive role of the teacher in enhancing educational quality. The program exposes students incrementally to include the study of pedagogy, curriculum and standards, and assessment, with principles of field practice integrated into the coursework at each level.
Who This Program Is For:
This program is for persons with undergraduate degrees in fields other than education who are looking to obtain their Initial Teaching Certificate in Childhood Education (Grades 1-6). To apply you must have a bachelor’s degree with a major or concentration in a liberal arts or sciences subject.
Program Requirements:
The MAT in Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) consists of twelve courses (36 credits) including one semester of student teaching. The course requirements for the MAT program covers educational foundations, development and learning processes, curriculum and pedagogy, and field applications To continue in the program, students must maintain a B average.
Required Courses:
EECE 520 Language Development and Emergent Literacy (3 cr.)
EECE 525 Language and Literacy Learning in the Elementary Years (3 cr.)
EECE 545 Social Studies in the Elementary School (3 cr.)
EECE 550 Mathematics in the Elementary School (3 cr.)
EECE 555 Science in the Elementary School (3 cr.)
EECE 702 Social Foundations of Education (3 cr.)
EECE 707 Classroom-Based Assessment and Research in the Elementary Years (3 cr.)
EECE 711 Ecological Perspectives on Development: The Childhood Years (3 cr.)
EECE 750 Modern Learning Technology (3 cr.)
EECE 762 Schooling in a Diverse Society (3 cr.)
ECPSE 550 Foundations of Special Education (3 cr.)
EECE 566 Student Teaching (3 cr.)
Completion of this program and all New York State requirements for certification leads to recommendation by the Division of Education for NYS Initial & Professional Certification in Childhood Education (Grades 1-6). Students should contact the Certification Office for up-to-date information on NYS certification requirements.
To Apply:
Applicants must meet the following admissions requirements:
  • Hold an earned bachelor’s degree with a 30 credit major or concentration in the liberal arts or sciences
  • Meet the required core course requirements (see Application Worksheet)
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Submit two letters of recommendation
  • Submit a 500 word essay
To demonstrate that applicants meet the requirements for a 30 credit major in the liberal arts or sciences and the required core course, applicants must complete the Application Worksheet Application Worksheet.
Applications are accepted for fall admission only.

Program Coordinators

Dr. Mary Bushnell GreinerOffice: Powdermaker Hall 054Phone: 718-997-5302Email:

GRE Information

Please note: Effective immediately, all EECE graduate programs will no longer require a standardized examination, such as the GRE, for admission.

Candidate Handbook
Master of Arts in Teaching, Grades 1-6

Program Brochure
Application Worksheet