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MA: Elementary Professional Certification Program
The MA program in elementary education (CUED) is a 32-point program which can lead to professional certification as a grades 1-6 teacher in New York State. The program supports three shared philosophical stances underlying our long-standing tradition of preparing teachers as education leaders. These stances include teaching as inquiry, teaching as curriculum making, and teaching for social justice. The overarching intention of the program is to assist educators who expect to exert leadership in their school settings and with their colleagues. With careful planning and advisement, the program can be completed in 12 months starting in the fall semester or the summer, or in 17 months if starting in January. The program may also be taken part-time.
Core Courses (7 points):
- C&T 4002 Curriculum theory and history (3)
- C&T 4005 Principles of teaching and learning (4) (includes practicum in a classroom setting)
Content/Pedagogy Courses (12 points):
Students are required to take one course in each of the following areas:
- Science or Technology
- Social Studies (C&T 4052, Designing curriculum and instruction (3)—Social Studies Section)
Social Context Required Courses (4 points—Only offered in the fall semester and must be taken concurrently):
- C&T 4130 Critical perspectives in elementary education (3)
- C&T 4502 Master’s project (1)
Social Context Selective Courses—Diversity (2-3 points) Students choose one Selective from the following:
- C&T 4000 Disability in contexts (3)
- C&T 4001 Differentiating instruction in inclusive classrooms (3)
- C&T 4010 Immigration and Curriculum (2-3)
- C&T 4078 Curriculum and teaching in urban areas (2-3)
- C&T 4114 Multicultural approaches to teaching young children (2-3)
- C&T 5037 Literacy, culture, and the teaching of reading (2-3)
NOTE: New York State now requires that CUED students, first enrolled at TC after February 1, 2011, must have a 3-credit stand-alone special education course which develops “the skills necessary to provide instruction that will promote the participation and progress of students with disabilities in the general education curriculum.” If you have had such a stand alone 3-credit course in your undergraduate or other graduate studies, you have met this requirement. If you don’t, you should take C&T 4001 for 3 credits. You can use this course to meet your diversity selective requirement or take it as one of your electives.
Social Context Selective Courses—General (2-3 points) Students choose one Selective from the following:
- C&T 4004 School change (2-3)
- C&T 4023 Differentiated curriculum for gifted students (2-3)
- C&T 4032 Gender, difference, and curriculum (2-3)
- C&T 4161 The teacher: Sociohistorical, cultural contexts of teaching (2-3)
- C&T 4615 Young children and social policy: Issues and problems (2-3)
- C&T 4121 Early childhood teaching strategies within a social context (2-3)
Elective Courses (3-5 points)
Students have to take at least one elective course (minimum 2 points) outside the Department of Curriculum and Teaching.
New York State Education Department (NYSED) has teacher certificaiton requirements that are needed for program completion and graduation which are listed in the Office of Teacher Education section of the catalog.