Prepare to teach children in diverse and inclusive environments—from schools to community settings to homes—through the Early Childhood Education program at Teachers College, Columbia University. We prepare educators to work in preschools, schools, home and community settings. Our program is child-centered (from Birth-Grade 2) and dedicated to culturally relevant practices. We focus on preparing early educators to support the development and learning of all young learners through a graduate curriculum that integrates early childhood education, early childhood special education, and bilingual education content. Our certification students become outstanding early childhood teachers, decision makers, and leaders. Our non-certification students inquire into issues critical to the education and development of young children across settings. Our graduates have taken positions as early interventionists, preschool teachers, primary grades teachers, early childhood education center directors, professional developers, government officials, authors (of books for children and adults alike), and more.
We offer M.A. degrees in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education (with and without certification), as well as an Ed.D. degrees in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Policy.
*A bilingual extension certification in Korean, French, Mandarin, and Spanish is available and can be pursued in conjuncation with the M.A. in Early Childhood Education with Initial Certification (40-credit) and with the M.A. in Early Childhood Education/ Special Education with Dual Certification (48-credit).
Master's-level credits may be transferred into Ed.D. program, upon approval from advisor.
Listen to our students as they discuss their experiences in the Early Childhood Education programs at Teachers College, Columbia University.