We are committed to the well-being and education of children from Birth-Grade 2 within a broad social and cultural spectrum. Our degree programs focus on urban settings and we concentrate on issues of curriculum, development, social justice, teaching, and learning. Our graduate students are prepared for the real world through pedagogical, political, psychological, and sociological perspectives.
Through a curriculum that integrates general and special early childhood education content, we aim to enable our initial certification students to become outstanding early childhood teachers, decision makers, and intellectual and ethical leaders. Honoring the importance of understanding children’s development and learning in context, the Master of Arts program emphasizes collaboration with families and other professionals and considers policies that affect families’ access to desirable services, especially in urban settings. Our students participate in several field experiences, which serve as the foundation from which theories about development, learning, and curriculum come to life and through which teachers begin to construct their professional practice.
* This degree/certification option is no longer accepting applications.
Course requirements for M.A. students seeking initial certification as teachers of students with disabilities in early childhood (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 Education section of the catalog.