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Department of Elementary Education

Master of Science in Education

Environmental Education Specialization (1-6) (013E)

Chair, Department of Elementary Education
Department Office
OMB 223
(845) 257-2860 

This specialization track prepares candidates to teach, supervise, and develop curriculum and activities related to teaching environmental concepts outdoors.

Curriculum Requirements (36 graduate credits)

Liberal Art & Science Core (9 credits)
This is a continuation of undergraduate content and aligned with the specialization track. Courses will be selected with advisement from the respective departments and from one of the following content areas

  • Mathematics, Science, Technology
  • Social Studies
  • Languages other than English
  • English/Language Arts

Students may also choose to substitute graduate electives in Liberal Arts and Sciences and/ or Fine and Performing Arts (up to 6 credits) to continue their academic major.

Elementary Content Core (12-15 credits)
EED550 Advanced Child Development (3 cr.)
EED581 Issues in Racism and Sexism in Education (3 cr.) or
EDS537 Issues in Multicultural Education (3 cr.)
EDS701 Inquiry into Teaching, Learning and School, Part I (3 cr.)
EDS702 Inquiry into Teaching, Learning and School, Part II (3 cr.)
*SPE565 Teaching in Inclusive Classroom (3 cr.)

*Course required for students who have not had a previous course to prepare them to work with students with special needs.

Pedagogical Core (12-15 credits)
The pedagogical core is developed from the student's choice of specialization track in Environmental Education (9 credits) and additional graduate education elective(s).