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Early Childhood Education

In the Department of Curriculum & Teaching

Program Information > Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements

Initial Certification Programs in Early Childhood Education — Master of Arts

Early Childhood Education - Initial Certification (ECED-INIT)

See the Program Planning Worksheet for an Excel file with the courses listed below:

Course requirements for M.A. students seeking initial certification as early childhood teachers (birth–8 years):

Core Courses
  • C&T 4112z Integrated Curriculum in Early Childhood--2 semesters in sequence, students admitted in Fall only (6)                  
  • C&T 4080 Risk and Resilience in Early Development (3)
  • C&T 4708a Student Teaching Practicum in Early Childhood (3)
  • C&T 4708b Student Teaching Practicum in Early Childhood (3) 
  • C&T 5118 Infant Development and Practice (3)
Methods Courses
  • C&T 4131 Language and Literacy in the Early Childhood Curriculum (3)
  • C&T 4132 Reading and Writing in the Primary Classroom (3)
  • HUDK 4027 Development of Mathematical Thinking (3)
  • A&HM 4022 Artistic Lives of Children (2)
  • HBSS 4116 Health Education for Teachers (1)
Broad and Basic Courses
  • HBSE 4001 Teaching Students with Disabilities (2)
  • C&T 4114 Multicultural Approaches to Early Childhood Ed. (3)
  • Out of Dept. Elective (2) OR
  • C&T 4308 Working with Families of Children with Disabilities
  • C&T 4119 Issues and Interdisciplinary Methods for Working with Parents of Young Children OR
  • C&T 4083 Working with Families of Young Child OR
  • C&T 4615 Young Children, Families, and Social Policy (3)
Culminating Project:

Students complete an integrated portfolio over the course of the program reflecting their growth as an early childhood teacher.

Early Childhood Education/Special Education - Initial Certification (ECSE-INIT)

See Special Education Planning Worksheet for an Excel file with the courses required for this degree program.

M.A. students seeking initial certification as teachers of students with disabilities in early childhood (birth–8 years) must complete all of the coursework above, except for C&T 4114 Multicultural Approaches to Early Childhood Education

These students must also take the core course, C&T 4302 Assessing Young Children with Special Needs and a Special Education Course Elective. 

Early Childhood Education/Special Education - Dual Initial Certification (ECSE-DUAL)

See DUAL Degree Planning Worksheet for an Excel file with the courses listed below.

Course requirements for M.A. students seeking initial dual certification as both early childhood teachers and teachers of students with disabilities in early childhood (birth–8 years):
Core Courses
  • C&T 4112z Integrated Curriculum in Early Childhood--2 semesters in sequence, students admitted in Fall only (6)                  
  • C&T 4080 Risk and Resilience in Early Development (3)
  • C&T 4302 Assessing Young Children with Special Needs (3)
  • C&T 4708a Student Teaching Practicum in Early Childhood (3)
  • C&T 4708b Student Teaching Practicum in Early Childhood (3) 
  • C&T 5308 Advanced Practicum in Early Childhood Education (3)
  • C&T 5118 Infant Development and Practice (3)
Methods Courses
  • C&T 4131 Language and Literacy in the Early Childhood Curriculum (3)
  • C&T 4132 Reading and Writing in the Primary Classroom (3)
  • HUDK 4027 Development of Mathematical Thinking (3)
  • A&HM 4022 Artistic Lives of Children (2)
  • HBSS 4116 Health Education for Teachers (1)
Broad and Basic Courses
  • HBSE 4001 Teaching Students with Disabilities (2)
  • C&T 4114 Multicultural Approaches to Early Childhood Ed. (3)
  • C&T 4119 Issues and Interdisciplinary Methods for Working with Parents of Young Children OR
  • C&T 4083 Working with Families of Young Child OR
  • C&T 4615 Young Children, Families, and Social Policy (3) OR
  • C&T 4308 Working with Families of Children with Disabilities
  • Out of Dept. Elective (2) 
  • Out of Dept. Special Ed. Course Elective (2)
Culminating Project

Students complete an integrated portfolio over the course of the program reflecting their growth as an early childhood teacher.


Bilingual Extension

The Bilingual Extension enables graduates to teach in classrooms designated as bilingual in languages that the student knows.

To earn the extension at Teachers College, students must successfully complete 5 courses:

C&T 4114 Multicultural Approaches to Teaching Young Children
C&T 4131 Language and Literacy in the Early Childhood Curriculum
C&T 4132 Language and Teaching in the Primary Reading/Writing Classroom
C&T 4708 a or b Student Teaching in ECE or A&HB 4720 Student Teaching in Bilingual/Bicultural Education
A&HB 4021 Foundations of Bilingual/Bicultural Education Foundations
(Professor Martinez Alvarez) Review of the linguistic, socio-cultural, philosophical, political, and historical foundations that have shaped bilingual education policies, program models, and teaching and assessment practices. Analysis of how diverse bilingual education program models throughout the world respond to different linguistic, social, and educational goals.


Early Childhood Education Policy — Master of Education, Doctor of Education

Master of Education (Early Childhood Education Policy Concentration)

The basic curriculum for the Early Childhood Education Policy Concentration consists of three course categories which include:

A total of 45 points that must be taken at Teachers College. First, a set of courses in Curriculum and Teaching will provide the foundation for early childhood pedagogy and practice (15 points). Second, courses in Human Development will provide analytic policy training and focus (15 points). A third set of course options (15 points) is selected in consultation with an advisor.

Departmental Requirements
  • C&T 4005 Principles of Teaching and Learning (3)
  • C&T 4113 Early Childhood Methods and Programs (3)
  • C&T 4121 Early Childhood Teaching Strategies within a Social Context (3)
  • C&T 5513 Seminar in Early Childhood Education (3)
  • C&T 5514 Seminar in Early Childhood Education (3) or
  • C&T 6502 Studies in Curriculum and Teaching (3)
Policy Concentration Requirements
  • EDPS 4000 Education and Public Policy (3)
  • EDPS 5645 Policy Seminar I (3)
  • EDPS 5646 Policy Seminar II (3)
  • HUDM 4122 Probability and Statistical Inference (3) or
  • C&T 5502 Introduction to Qualitative Research in Curriculum and Teaching (3)
  • C&T 6408 Advanced Internship: Infancy and Early Childhood (3)
Electives

Beyond the core courses, students’ programs are individually planned with their advisors, based on their professional goals and interests.

Doctor of Education (Early Childhood Education Specialization and Early Childhood Special Education Concentration)

The basic curriculum for Ed.D. students includes:

Core Courses
  • C&T 5000 Theory and Inquiry in Curriculum and Teaching (6 points fall and 3 points spring, of the first year)
  • C&T 5513 Seminar in Early Childhood Education I (3)
  • C&T 5514 Seminar in Early Childhood Education II, or one additional 6000-level research seminar (3)
  • C&T 6502 Studies in Curriculum and Teaching (3)
  • EDPS 4000 Education and Public Policy (3)
  • EDPS 5430 Internship (3)
Research Requirements
  • C&T 5502 Introduction to Qualitative Research in Curriculum and Teaching (3) or
  • EDPS 5645 Policy Seminar I (3)
  • C&T 7500 Dissertation Seminar in Curriculum and Teaching (3)
  • HUDM 4122 Probability and Statistical Inference (3)
  • HUDM 5122 Applied Regression Analysis (3)
  • Two (2) research methodology courses relevant to the students’ research interests.

Students must complete at least two of the required research core courses prior to enrolling in dissertation seminar. The third course may be taken concurrently with Dissertation Seminar.

Other courses are selected in consultation with an advisor.