Our preservice program in Elementary Inclusive Education prepares teachers to teach all children, particularly in urban contexts. The course of study emphasizes curriculum development for heterogeneous classrooms, critical multiculturalism, teaching for equity and social justice, and an inquiry approach to teaching and learning. Our program reflects the pluralism at Teachers College; our students study a wide variety of approaches to education rather than a single approach. In keeping with this philosophy, the emphasis is on leadership, inquiry, and practice-based and moral decision making.

To learn more about our stance on education, read our white paper, co-written by Elementary Inclusive faculty members.

Our program is designed primarily for those who have no (or minimal) formal preparation or coursework in education and are beginning their study of teaching. The program leads to an M.A. degree and New York State teacher certification, grades 1-6. Upon completion of the program, graduates can also apply for teacher certification in states other than New York, and many secure teaching positions elsewhere in the U.S. as well as internationally.

For more information on our four certification tracks, please explore our Degrees and Requirements page.

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