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Education: Master of Science in Education (MSEd) in ​Early Childhood Education (B-2)

The Department of Elementary & Early Childhood Education (EECE) offers a graduate program leading to New York State certification in early childhood education, birth–grade 2 (B–2). This program 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 36-credit program leads 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. The MSEd in Early Childhood Education, B–2, is also designed for students with initial certificates in Childhood Education, Grades 1–6, who are interested in adding a second certificate area. The program presents an integrated approach to curriculum and environmental design. The program acknowledges the unique needs and learning patterns of very young children as the foundation for shaping the content of courses for professionals in early childhood education.

For students who did not complete an elementary education certification program as undergraduates, EECE offers a 45-credit program leading to the Master of Arts in Teaching degree (MAT).

Courses are generally offered in the late afternoon and evening. Part-time students normally register for 6 credits each semester. A typical full-time program would be 12 credits each semester and 6 credits in the summer.

To conform to changing NYS regulations, EECE graduate programs have been substantially restructured. Each semester, the department holds informational sessions about NYS certification and program requirements. Students considering graduate study in elementary and early childhood are encouraged to attend. Contact the department (718-997-5302) for the schedule.

Requirements for Matriculation

These requirements are in addition to the general requirements for matriculation.​​
Students are required to hold a bachelor’s degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. 
 NYS initial certificate in Childhood Education, Grades 1–6, or provisional certificate in Pre-K–6. 
Applicants are required to provide writing samples on site.
4. Results of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test are required. Click here for more details.

Once students are accepted, they will be invited to an orientation meeting. Students can schedule a meeting with an advisor to review the student’s background and interests and assist with course selection and program planning.



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Fall Deadline May 15
Fall Extended DeadlineN/A
Spring DeadlineFall only 
Spring Extended DeadlineN/A

Letters of Reference2
Essay  500 Words
GRE  Yes

Accepts Non-MatricNo

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