Degree Requirements

The M.S. in Childhood Education and Special Education (Dual Certification, Grades 1-6) requires the completion of 45 credits.

EDUC 502 Foundations in Urban and Multicultural Education
EDUC 506 Language, Cognitive Development, and Cultural Diversity
EDUC 513 Psychology of Teaching and Learning
EDUC 522 Teaching Mathematics in Inclusive Settings
EDUC 523 Practicum in Childhood Education
EDUC 524 Teaching Social Studies and Science in Inclusive Settings
EDUC 527 Classroom Management and Social Skills Development
EDUC 530 Student Teaching Childhood Education
EDUC 536 Teaching Literacy in the Inclusive Elementary Classroom
EDUC 602 Research for Classroom Teachers
EDUC 628 Assessment and Remediation of Literacy Disabilities
EDUC 712 Strategies for Inclusion
EDUC 714 Practicum in Assessment and Instruction of Special Learners
EDUC 716 Life Span Education: Transition from Birth to Adulthood
EDUC 760 Student Teaching in Special Education

Sample Program

M.S. in Childhood Education and Special Education (Dual Certification Grades 1-6)  

Session 1

  • EDUC 513  Psychology of Teaching and Learning (3 credits)
  • EDUC 506  Language, Cognitive Development, and Cultural Diversity (3 credits)

Total: 6 credits


Session 2

  • EDUC 502  Foundation of Urban and Multicultural Education
  • EDUC 712  Strategies for Inclusion of Special Learners
  • EDUC 716  Life Span Education:  Transition from Birth to Adult

Total: 9 credits


Session 3

  • EDUC 536  Teaching Literacy in Inclusive Elementary Classroom
  • EDUC 524  Teaching Social Studies and Science in Inclusive Settings
  • EDUC 522  Teaching Mathematics in Inclusive Settings
  • EDUC  527  Classroom Management and Social Skills Instruction

Total: 12 credits


Session 4

  • EDUC 523 Practicum in Childhood
  • EDUC 714  Practicum in Assessment and Instruction of Special  Learners
  • EDUC 628 Assessment and Remediation of Literacy Disabilities

Total: 9 credits


Session 5

  • EDUC 602 Research for Classroom Teachers (3 credits)
  • EDUC 760 Student Teaching in Special Education (3 credits)
  • EDUC 530 Student Teaching in General Education (3 credits)

Total: 9 credits

Total Credits for Graduation – 45


Grades
All courses in the education program are evaluated with letter grades. The pass/fail distinction is used only with the final comprehensive exam

Students enrolled in the graduate program must attain a B or higher in each class and maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout the course of study.

Exit Requirements
All students are required to pass a comprehensive examination. Students take this examination at the completion of the program.

Exit Criteria and Certification 
A student who successfully completes all academic and professional requirements will be recommended by the Teacher Education Department for initial/professional New York State certification in childhood education grades 1-6 and special education grades 1-6. Academic requirements include completion of all courses with the prescribed grades and grade point average. Professional requirements include demonstration of effective behaviors appropriate to the profession.

Workshop Requirements

In order to receive college endorsement for certification, students must complete the following state mandated workshops:

  • Child Abuse Identification
  • Violence Prevention
  • DASA

The required autism workshop is integrated into coursework as approved by New York State Department of Education.