Early Childhood Education MA Non-Cert

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

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 Programs Handbook

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Admissions Information

Master of Arts

  • Points/Credits: 32
  • Entry Terms: Spring/Summer/Fall


  • Non-Certification Track

Application Deadlines

  • Spring: November 1
  • Summer/Fall (Priority): January 15
  • Summer/Fall (Final): April 15

* Summer/Fall 2020 deadline extended to June 1.

Supplemental Application Requirements/Comments

  • Program does not lead toward certification. Applicants should already be certified or not seeking certification.

Course Requirements

Master of Arts

The M.A. non-certification program can be completed in one academic year through full-time study. The GRE is not required for admission.

Language and Literacy Methods (3 points; choose one of the following):

  • C&T 4131 Language and literacy in the early childhood curriculum
  • C&T 4132 Learning and teaching in the primary reading/writing classroom (or equivalent)

Child Development (3 points; choose one of the following):

  • C&T 4080 Risk and resilience in early development
  • C&T 4615 Young children, families, and social policy (or equivalent)

Equity in Early Childhood Education

  • C&T 4114 Multicultural approaches to teaching young children (or equivalent)

Additional courses:

  • A minimum of 12 points within the department
  • At least 6 points outside of the program
  • A minimum of 32 points total (for MA degree)

Breadth requirement:

  • 6 Teachers College points outside of the program

Culminating project:

  • Master's integrated project
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