Elementary Inclusive Education MA Initial

M.A. in Elementary Inclusive Education with Initial Certification

Earn your degree and initial certification in Childhood Education for grades 1-6.

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The M.A. in Elementary Inclusive Education is a clinically rich program for graduate students seeking to challenge the ways in which children and families experience marginalization in the school system. Our students gain practical experiences as general educators in NYC public elementary schools and work with diverse populations and communities.

This track allows you to earn an M.A. degree in Elementary Inclusive Education and New York State initial teaching certification in Childhood Education.

Upon completion of the program, graduates can also apply for teacher certification in states other than New York. While many of our graduates go on to teach in New York City schools, many secure teaching positions elsewhere in the U.S. as well as internationally.

Program Length

Students typically either:

  1. Complete the program over 13-16 months, beginning in either spring or summer; this allows you to complete your student teaching prerequisites prior to the fall-spring student teaching sequence.
  2. Complete the program over 2 or more years; this allows you to complete most classes before beginning to student teach.
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Admissions Information

Master of Arts

  • Points/Credits: 40
  • Entry Terms: Spring/Summer/Fall


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  • NY State Initial: 1-6

Application Deadlines

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

* Program is no longer accepting applications.

Supplemental Application Requirements/Comments

Acceptance to the program requires strong academic credentials, robust and relevant professional or academic references, and a clear fit between program goals and the goals expressed by the applicant. At a minimum, applicants should have a GPA of 3.0 or above and evidence a commitment to educational equity and diversity. We look for prior experience working with children.

New York State requires students to submit GRE scores to be considered eligible for graduate-level teacher preparation. We, at Teachers College, are bound to comply with this law. For your information, this requirement does not align with the commitments and values of the Inclusive Education programs.

The State Education Department of New York requires that individuals seeking elementary certification must have successfully completed at least six semester hours (in semester-long courses) of college level credit in:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science (one of which must contain a lab component)
  • Social Science

The state also requires three semester hours of college-level study or its equivalent in a language other than English (or fluency), and coursework in or experience with the arts and technology.

When you apply, the Office of Teacher Education reviews the transcripts you send with your application to determine if you have met these requirements. You can be accepted to Elementary Inclusive Education without having completed these liberal arts courses; however, you CANNOT be recommended for certification in New York State until you have done so.

We recommend that you also review your transcripts to see whether you have completed these requirements. It is to your advantage to take some of these courses at an undergraduate institution. The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests can also be taken in lieu of completing undergraduate courses.

Degree Requirements

Please contact the program for more information on course requirements.

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