Master of Science in Childhood and Early Childhood Education

Master of Science in Childhood and Early Childhood Education 

39-51 credits total
(HEGIS 0802 and HEGIS 0823)

Each student selects his or her own program of study with the assistance of a graduate education advisor. Students can choose a program which leads to initial or professional certifications. Students are strongly advised to examine the programs of study and select a program to meet their professional goals. The programs offered by the Department of Human Development and Learning are performance based, and mandatory attendance is required for all courses. Programs of study include:

  • Childhood Education – Mathematics, Science, and Technology. This is an M.S. degree program leading to an initial certificate in childhood education. (39 credits);
  • Childhood Education: Professional Studies. This is an M.S. degree program. After the first 27 credits in this program students qualify for an initial certificate in childhood education. Students must complete the 51 credits to earn the M.S. degree. The special studies are in Mathematics Specialization, Science Specialization, and Language Arts Specialization. (51 credits);
  • Childhood Education/Gifted Education. This is an M.S. degree program. After the first 27 credits in this program students qualify for an initial certificate in childhood education. Students must complete the 51 credits to earn the M.S. degree. After completing the 51 credits students qualify for certification in gifted education. (51 credits);
  • Childhood Education/Early Childhood Education. This is an M.S. degree program. After the first 27 credits in this program students qualify for an initial certificate in childhood education. Students must complete the 51 credits to earn the M.S. degree. After completing the 51 credits students qualify for certification in early childhood. (51 credits);
  • Early Childhood Education. This is an M.S. degree leading to a professional certificate in Early Childhood Education. Students in this program must already be certified to teach (39 credits);
  • Childhood Education. This is an M.S. degree leading to a professional certificate in Childhood Education. Students in this program must already be certified to teach. (39 credits)

All programs are designed as integrated studies emphasizing science, mathematics, and technology.

Students majoring in Early Childhood and Childhood Education can expect to complete many of their courses either in the day or the evening. It is important for all students to realize that the field experiences can only be completed in the daytime, when schools are in session.

Childhood Education – Mathematics, Science, and Technology Master of Science
(HEGIS 0802) 39 credits
(NYSED Certification: Childhood Education 1-6 Initial)

The program in Childhood Education (MST) prepares students to work in grades 1 to 6. Students learn to work cooperatively in elementary and inclusive classroom settings. All students seeking initial certification must complete EDH 6390: Student Teaching: Childhood.

Classrooms provide a venue where children are engaged in exploring the world around them. Graduate students will learn to create developmentally appropriate curricula that encourage children to explore the full range of subject areas (reading, mathematics, science, social studies, and the arts) and follow their own curiosity. The integration of coursework and field experiences provides students the opportunity to observe, engage, and educate children. Through a variety of guided fieldwork experiences, students will participate in hands-on meaningful interaction with children of various ages and learning abilities. Topics of instruction include child development, foundations of education, classroom management, assessment, and integrated content areas. Attention is given to working collaboratively in high needs settings.

Field Placement and Student Teaching Students are required to complete a minimum of 100 hours of fieldwork, which must be taken in conjunction with EDH 6378 and EDH 6511, as required by the selected program. Students must successfully complete the fieldwork component associated with EDH 6378 and EDH 6511 to receive passing grades in those courses and to progress in the program. In addition, students will complete student teaching with placements in both grades 1 to 3 and grades 4 to 6.

Integrated Master’s Project
Candidates in the program will be required to complete an independent research project. The project will focus on the educational research methodology in which candidates use appropriate models, research designs, and evaluation techniques to study educational problems.

Core

EDH 5351 Early Childhood Physical & Art Education 3
EDH 5370 Introduction to Teaching and Learning 3
EDH 5385 Cognition in Learning Science and Mathematics 3
EDL 5500 Literacy Acquisition 3

Required Courses

EDH 6373 Community-Based Learning Environments 3
EDH 6381 Advanced Study in Mathematics Curriculum (K-6) 3
EDH 6387 Seminar in the Cyberspace Science & Mathematics Classroom 3
EDH 6505 Mainstreaming: Meeting the Needs of Readers with Special Needs (1st -6th grade) 3
EDH 6378 *Integrating Science, Mathematics & Technology 3
EDH 6511 *Language Arts/Social Studies 3

* EDH 6378 and EDH 6511 are co-requisites and will require field placement for three (3) half days per week for one (1) semester.

Research Project

EDH 7374 Action Research for Educational Change, Improvement and Reform I and
EDH 7375 Action Research for Educational Change, Improvement and Reform II

or

EDH 7395 Educational Research Methodology in Science, Mathematics and Technology and
EDH 7396 Educational Research Project in Science, Mathematics, and Technology 3

Total: 36 credits

Student Teaching

EDH 6390 Student Teaching: Childhood 3

Total Number of credits for the Master of Science Degree: 39 credits

Students pursuing this degree must complete at least three core courses (one must include EDL 5500) prior to starting other courses in the program. They must also complete 33 degree credits prior to student teaching.

Requirements for the Master of Science Degree include successful completion of: (1) Research Project (2) and any other Departmental Requirements.

Note: Please review this catalog and check with a Department Advisor to review program requirements for graduation.

* EDH 6378 and EDH 6511 are co-requisites and will require field placement for three (3) half days per week for one (1) semester.

Initial Certificate Eligibility Pending: To be eligible for Initial Certification, students must enroll in seminars for the following (1) Reporting Child Abuse; (2) Drug Abuse, Health, Fitness, and Nutrition; (3) School Violence Prevention; and (4) Fingerprinting. Students must also (5) take and receive passing scores on the Assessment of Teaching Skills-Written (ATS-W), Liberal Arts and Science Test (LAST), the Multi-Subject Content Specialty Test (CST), and any other New York State mandated examination; (6) maintain good academic standing in the program; and (7) display the appropriate dispositions as a member of the educational profession.

Childhood Education: Professional Studies
Master of Science (HEGIS 0802) 51 credits
(NYSED Certification: Childhood Education 1-6 Initial)
The program in Childhood Education: Professional Studies prepares students to work in grades 1 to 6 with specialization in mathematics, science, or language arts. Students learn to work cooperatively in elementary and inclusive classroom settings. All students seeking initial certification must complete EDH 6390: Student Teaching: Childhood.

Classrooms provide a venue where children are engaged in exploring the world around them. Graduate students will learn to create developmentally appropriate curricula that encourage children to explore the full range of subject areas (reading, mathematics, science, social studies, and the arts) and follow their own curiosity.

The integration of coursework and field experiences provides students the opportunity to observe, engage, and educate children. Through a variety of guided fieldwork experiences, students will participate in hands-on meaningful interaction with children of various ages and learning abilities. Topics of instruction include child development, foundations of education, classroom management, assessment, and integrated content areas. Attention is given to working collaboratively in high needs settings.

Field Placement and Student Teaching
Students are required to complete a minimum of 100 hours of fieldwork, which must be taken in conjunction with EDH 6378 and EDH 6511, as required by the selected program. Students must successfully complete the fieldwork component associated with EDH 6378 and EDH 6511 to receive passing grades in those courses and to progress in the program. In addition, students will complete student teaching with placements in both grades 1 to 3 and grades 4 to 6.

Integrated Master’s Project
Candidates in the program will be required to complete an independent research project. The project will focus on the educational research methodology in which candidates use appropriate models, research designs, and evaluation techniques to study educational problems.

Childhood Education (1-6): Professional Studies Options

General Core for Initial Certification

Core

EDH 5351 Early Childhood Physical & Art Education 3
EDH 5370 Introduction to Teaching and Learning 3
EDH 5385 Cognition in Learning Science and Mathematics 3
EDL 5500 Literacy Acquisition 3

Required Courses

EDH 6381 Advanced Study in Mathematics Curriculum (K-6) 3
EDH 6505 Mainstreaming: Meeting the Needs of Readers with Special Needs (1st-6th grade) 3
EDH 6378 * Science/Mathematics/Technology 3
EDH 6511 * Language Arts/Social Studies 3

Total: 24 credits

Student Teaching

EDH 6390 Student Teaching: Childhood 3

Total: 27 credits

* EDH 6378 and EDH 6511 are co-requisites and will require field placement for three (3) half days per week for one (1) semester

Initial Certificate Eligibility Pending: To be eligible for Initial Certification, students must enroll in seminars for the following (1) Reporting Child Abuse; (2) Drug Abuse, Health, Fitness, and Nutrition; (3) School Violence Prevention; and (4) Fingerprinting. Students must also (5) take and receive passing scores on the Assessment of Teaching Skills-Written (ATS-W), Liberal Arts and Science Test (LAST), the Multi-Subject Content Specialty Test (CST), and any other New York State mandated examination; (6) maintain good academic standing in the program; and (7) display the appropriate dispositions as a member of the educational profession.

Students are required to complete initial certification requirements prior to taking courses in the area of Professional Studies.

Mathematics Specialization

EDH 6343 Assessing Mathematical Behavior 3
EDH 6373 Community-Based Learning Environments 3
EDH 6382 The Development of Mathematical and Scientific Thinking and Learning 3
EDH 6384 Cognition in Mathematics and Music 3
EDH 6387 Seminar in the Cyberspace Science and Mathematics Classroom 3
EDL 6508 Research Project 3
Elective 3

Research Project

EDH 7374/7375 Action Research for Educational Change, Improvement and Reform, Part I/Part II

or

EDH 7395/7396 Educational Research in Science, Mathematics and Technology Methodology/Project 6

Science Specialization

EDH 6373 Community-Based Learning Environments 3
EDH 6379 Advanced Study in Physical Science 3
EDH 6380 Advanced Study in Life Science 3
EDH 6382 The Development of Mathematical and Scientific Thinking and Learning 3
EDH 6387 Seminar in the Cyberspace Science and Mathematics Classroom 3
Elective 3

Research Project

EDH 7374/7375 Action Research for Educational Change, Improvement and Reform, Part I/Part II

or

EDH 7395/7396 Educational Research in Science, Mathematics and Technology Methodology/Project 6

Language Arts Specialization

EDL 5501 Children’s and Adolescents’ Literature 3
EDL 5303 Teaching Reading in Content Areas 3
EDH 6354 Curriculum and Instruction for Gifted Learners 3
EDH 6506 Learners with Special Needs: Practicum 3
EDH 7525 Developing Reasoning Through Language Arts 3
Elective 3

Research Project

EDH 7374/7375 Action Research for Educational Change, Improvement and Reform, Part I/Part II

or

EDH 7395/7396 Educational Research in Science, Mathematics and Technology Methodology/Project 6

Total Number of credits for the Master of Science Degree: 51 credits

Students pursuing this degree must complete at least three core courses (one must include EDL 5500) prior to starting other courses in the program. Requirements for the Master of Science Degree include successful completion of: (1) Research Project (2) and any other Departmental Requirements.

Note: Please review this catalog and check with a Department Advisor to review program requirements for graduation.

* EDH 6378 and EDH 6511 are co-requisites and will require field placement for three (3) half days per week for one (1) semester.

Initial Certificate Eligibility Pending: To be eligible for Initial Certification, students must enroll in seminars for the following (1) Reporting Child Abuse; (2) Drug Abuse, Health, Fitness, and Nutrition; (3) School Violence Prevention; and (4) Fingerprinting. Students must also (5) take and receive passing scores on the Assessment of Teaching Skills-Written (ATS-W), Liberal Arts and Science Test (LAST), the Multi- Subject Content Specialty Test (CST), and any other New York State mandated examination; (6) maintain good academic standing in the program; and (7) display the appropriate dispositions as a member of the educational profession.

* All electives to be approved by the Department of Human Development and Learning.