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Early Childhood & Childhood Education

Program Overview

Areas of Specialization
Admission Requirements
Requirements for Completion of the Degree (36 credits)
Curriculum Requirements

Childhood Education (Grades 1-6)

Coordinator: Dr. Aaron D. Isabelle
For information, email isabella@newpaltz.edu or call 845-257-2837

The School of Education at the State University of New York at New Paltz offers students holding an elementary or childhood certification an opportunity to earn a master's degree in education (grades 1-6). The typical candidate for the Master of Science in Education (MS-Ed) will hold current teacher certification in elementary or childhood education from New York State. The program includes coursework in liberal arts, education content, pedagogy, and research. A feature of the M.S.Ed. Childhood program is a selection of specialization tracks in Reading/Literacy; Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM); and Early Childhood Education.

The program can be completed on a part-time or full-time basis. Upon graduation, students will receive the Master of Science in Education degree and will have completed all academic requirements for professional teacher certification from New York State.

Areas of Specialization

  • Reading/Literacy (13RL)
    --Designed for those students who wish to enroll in more reading courses than other programs would provide   
    --Does not lead to certification as a Literacy Specialist who works with struggling readers and writers
  • Early Childhood (13EC)
    Enhances the student's understanding of how young children, birth through second grade, experience and
      process learning
  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) (13ST)
    Designed for students with an interest in mathematics, physical and biological sciences and computer science  
      --No background in math or science is necessary to successfully complete this specialization track

Admission Requirements
Candidates for admission to the program need to:

  • Hold a current elementary or childhood teaching certificate from New York State. A copy of this certificate must be submitted as part of the application process.  (Note:  As student may be accepted into the program "pending"receipt of his/her teaching certificate if the teaching certificate is being processed by NYSED or if the student is nearing completion of an approved teacher education program.)
  • Have earned an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Complete an admission application available from The Graduate School and provide official transcripts of all college/university coursework
  • Submit three appropriate letters of recommendation on professional letterhead dated within the past year addressing the competency of the candidate for graduate study
  • Earn a satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination (all applicants who apply after Aug. 20, 2015 will be required to take the GRE; prior to this date, the GRE is optional)

Requirements for Completion of the Degree (36 credits)
Candidates are required to:

  • Develop a plan of study with an advisor upon matriculation
  • Complete prescribed coursework and other requirements within three years of matriculation
  • Maintain a cumulative average of 3.0 or better
  • Complete "Dignity for All Students Act" (DASA) training

A typical four-semester program for a full-time student would consist of two summer sessions, one fall semester, and one spring semester.  There is some flexibility in planning sequences of courses, depending on course availability.

Curriculum Requirements

Liberal Arts & Sciences 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.)

An Approved Diversity course (3 cr.)--Choose one of the followin
     EDS581 Issues of Racism and Sexism in Education
     EDS537 Issues in Multicultural Education
     SPE572 Teaching Learners of Culturally/Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds
     SED566 Education Across Borders: International Ideas and Experience

SED701 Inquiry into Teaching, Learning, and School, Part I (3 cr.)

SED702 Inquiry into Teaching, Learning, and School, Part II (3 cr.)

SPE565 Teaching in Inclusive Classrooms (3 cr.)
(* Required only for those 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 a specialization track and in consultation with an assigned advisor,  The following courses are normally taken in each of the specialization tracks:

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) (13ST)
EED735 Workshop in Outdoor/Environmental Education and Mathematics
EED709 Workshop in Teaching Science and Literacy in the Elementary School
EED716 Science, Mathematics, and Engineering for Young children
EED707 Workshop in Teaching Mathematics and Technology in the Elementary School
SED560 Technology in the Classroom OR other approved technology course

Early Childhood Education (13EC)
SPE798 Young Children with Disabilities
EED520 Literacy and Reading Development B-K
EED522 Play: The Foundations of Literacy for Young Children
EED716 Science, Mathematics and Engineering for Young Children
EED512 Children's Literature

Reading/Literacy (13RL)
EED520 Literacy and Reading Development B-K
CMD523 Language and Literacy Development
EED700 Workshop in Teaching Science and Literacy in the Elementary School
EED512 Children's Literature
EED550 Content Area Literacy B-6