Early Childhood Education MA Non-Cert

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

The Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education - Non-Certification is no longer accepting applications. Please consider applying to the Master of Arts program in Curriculum and Teaching with a focus in early childhood.

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.

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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): N/A
  • Summer/Fall (Final): N/A

* Program is no longer accepting applications.

Supplemental Application Requirements/Comments

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 Teachers College 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 5308 (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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