Early Childhood Education MA Non-Cert

Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education (Non-Certification)

The Master of Arts programs in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Education: Special Education will not be accepting applications for 2021. Over the course of the next year, we will be making several exciting changes to our curriculum. Please check back in Fall 2021 for more information.

The Master of Arts Program in Early Childhood Education (non-certification) is concerned with the education and development of children from birth to eight years of age. It is designed to accomplish three major goals: (a) to relate research on the growth, development, and education of young children with practice in early childhood education programs; (b) to strengthen the knowledge of early educators and other educational personnel pertaining to the education and development of young children; and (c) to investigate issues central to early childhood education, specifically focusing on issues of equity and inclusion.

This program is ideal for those candidates who already have Early Childhood Education initial certification and are seeking a Master's degree as well as those who are not interested in initial teacher certification in New York State.

Early Childhood Studies - Program Handbook

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Admissions Information

Master of Arts

  • Points/Credits: 32
  • Entry Terms: Fall Only


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  • Non-Certification Track

Application Deadlines

  • Spring: N/A
  • Summer/Fall (Priority): January 15
  • Summer/Fall (Final): April 15

* Program is not currently accepting applications. The next available application term will be Fall 2022.

Supplemental Application Requirements/Comments

  • Program does not lead toward certification, applicants should already be certified or not seeking certification
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation, two (2) of which must be academic

Requirements from the TC Catalog

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Language and Literacy Methods 

C&T 4131     Language and Literacy in the Early Childhood Curriculum (3)  OR

C&T 4132     Reading and Writing in the Primary Classroom (3)

Child Development 

C&T 4080    Risk and Resilience in Early Development (3)  OR

C&T 4615    Young Children, Families, and Social Policy (3)

Equity in Early Childhood Education

C&T 4114  Multicultural Approaches to Early childhood Ed (3)

Additional Courses

  • a minimum of 12 additional points within the Department
  • at least 6 points outside of the Department
  • a minimum of 32 points total

Beyond the required courses (identified above), all other courses will be comprised of electives; that is, in consultation with and approval by the advisor.  Students will undertake courses that help them develop an area of expertise.

This degree requires a thesis.  C&T 5308N (for non-certification students) is highly recommended for students admitted in 2018-2019 and is required for students entering the program after spring 2019, as it supports the development of thesis components.

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