In the Early Childhood Education M.A. Program at Teachers College, Columbia University, we prepare early education professionals who are committed to the well-being of young children and knowledgeable about Birth-Grade 2 education. Our degree programs focus on urban settings and center issues pertaining to curriculum, teaching, and learning from a critical social justice perspective. Our students are prepared to engage in the real world, learning how to skillfully address critical issues in early education through pedagogical, political, psychological, and sociological perspectives.
Through a curriculum that integrates early childhood education, early childhood special education, and bilingual education content, the Early Childhood Education program at TC prepares initial certification students to become outstanding early childhood teachers, decision makers, and leaders. Honoring the contextualized and situated nature of teaching and learning, the Master of Arts program emphasizes collaboration with families and other professionals and considers how policies affect young children and their families.
Prioritizing theory in practice, students in the Early Childhood Education program at TC participate in several field experiences (student teaching, practicum), which serve as the foundation from which to theorize about development, learning, and curriculum. 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.
* Summer/Fall 2020 deadline extended to June 1.
Course requirements for M.A. students seeking initial certification as early childhood teachers (birth–8 years):
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 section of the catalog.