The Masters of Arts Program in Early Childhood Education will be accepting applications for Fall 2023! We are excited to welcome a new cohort to our newly revised program.
In the Early Childhood Education with Initial Certification and Bilingual Extension M.A. Program at Teachers College, Columbia University, we prepare early education professionals who are committed to the well-being of young multilingual children, families and communities, and who are knowledgeable about bilingual education (Birth-Grade 2). This degree program focuses on urban settings and centers issues pertaining to multilingualism and multiculturalism in curriculum, teaching, and learning, espousing a critical social justice perspective. Our students (who must be bilingual and biliterate in Chinese, French, Korean, or Spanish in order to be admitted to the program) are prepared to engage in the real world issues pertaining to the education of young multilingual learners via pedagogical, political, psychological, and sociological perspectives.
Through a curriculum that integrates early childhood education and bilingual education content, we aim to enable our initial certification students to become outstanding bilingual early childhood teachers and leaders in the education of young multilingual learners. Honoring the importance of understanding children’s development and learning in light of their cultural practices and multilingual repertoires, our Master of Arts program emphasizes collaboration with families and other professionals, and considers how policies have historically and continue to contemporarily affect families’ access to social services.
Our students participate in several field experiences in bilingual and multilingual early education settings, which serve as the foundation from which theories about language development, learning, and curriculum come to life. By bringing together coursework and fieldwork, graduates are well-prepared to begin and continue to develop their professional identity and practice in research-informed ways.
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* Deadline for the 2023 application extended to May 1.
Course requirements for M.A. students seeking initial certification as early childhood teachers (birth–Grade 2): (with bilingual extension)
C&T 4308 Introduction to diverse early childhood classrooms (3)
C&T 4708 Student teaching in early childhood setting (4)
C&T 5118 Infant and toddler development and practice (3)
Foundations and Methods Courses
C&T 4003 Differentiation and inclusion in early childhood classrooms (3)
C&T 4080 Child development and intersectional identities (3)
C&T 4083 Home/schoolC/community partnerships (3)
C&T 4112 Integrated curriculum in early childhood education: curricular inquiry and design (3)
C&T 4114 Integrated curriculum in early childhood education: diversity, equity, and technologies (3)
C&T 4131 Play, language, and early childhood curriculum (3)
C&T 4132 Language and teaching in the primary reading/writing classroom (3) or selected alternative
A&HM 4022 The artistic Lives of young children (2) or selected alternative
A&HB 4021 Foundations of bilingual/bicultural education (3)
Out of Dept Elective (3)
Students complete an integrative portfolio over the course of the program reflecting their growth as an early childhood teacher.
New York State Education Department (NYSED) has teacher certification requirements that are needed for program completion and graduation which are listed in the Office of Teacher Education section of the catalog.