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Childhood Education, Master of Science in Education

Curriculum and Instruction


The Master of Science program in Childhood Education (Career Change) advances the knowledge and experience of graduates in teaching elementary education. The program includes a range of relevant pedagogical methods for teaching and learning and strategies for devising, implementing and assessing learning experiences for all learners.

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Please view the School of Education Graduate Admission Application Requirements for detailed admission information. 

Graduate Admission Information

Queens campus
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Staten Island Campus
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Required Foundations Courses

  • EDU 7000 Psychological Foundations of Learning OR EDU 7222 Philosophical, Historical & Sociological Foundations of Education
  • EDU 7290 Human Relations in Multicultural and Inclusive Settings (Recommended in conjunction with Required Methods Courses a,b,or c) OR EDU 7135 Current Trends, Research & Assessment in Social Studies (a)

Required Special Education Courses

  • EDU 9711 Education of Individuals with Exceptionalities

Required Methods Courses

  • EDU 3200 Language Acquisition & Literacy Dev for General Ed/English Lang. Learners (ELL)
  • EDU 7195 Teaching and Learning
  • EDU 3220 Approaches, materials & Performance Evaluation in Literacy Development (K-12)
  • EDU 7136 Current Trends, Research & Assessment in Science 
  • EDU 7137 Current Trends, Research & Assessment in Mathematics
  • EDU 7266 Tech. for Teaching Literacy in regular & Sp. Ed. Settings OR EDU 7666 Developing Curriculum material for the Web

Required Research Methodology (Taken in last 6 credits of the program)

  • EDU 7585 Assessment and Evaluation in the Teaching/Learning Process

Student Teaching (Taken in last 6 credits of program)

  • EDU 7115/7115i Childhood Associate Teaching (Student Teaching/Internship)
    Prerequisite: Must pass EAS,ALST and CST and complete required workshops

Career Outcomes

The program will prepare graduates to:

Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental principles of  childhood education.

  • Understand the principles of sociological and psychological foundations of learning in childhood instruction.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the historical development and current trends in curriculum.
  • Identify and use theories of Childhood Education.
  • Identify theories and models for teaching students with exceptionalities, gifted and talented students, special needs, diverse learners, students who are bilingual and at-risk students
  • Conduct research in childhood education.
  • Use current technology to present content to children.

Demonstrate knowledge of a wide range of instructional  practices, approaches, methods and materials to support instruction in the classroom.

  • Demonstrate competencies for teaching and learning.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of language acquisition and literacy development.
  • Describe and utilize techniques for content area subject matter relevant to social studies, math and science, focusing on current trends and research methods.
  • Design instructional methods, including computer-based practices, for learners at different stages of development and various cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
  • Demonstrate the ability to utilize these instructional practices, approaches, methods and materials in the student teaching experience

Use a variety of assessment tools and practices to learn to teach effectively.

  • Apply methods of assessment and evaluation.
  • Use research methodologies in childhood education.
  • Assess skills in human relations and partnering with parents and use the information for improvement.
  • Identify ethical considerations as defined in the code of ethics of the education profession and how these apply to classroom instruction.

Interpret and apply standards of professional and state organizations.

  • Demonstrate how to incorporate the goals of the US Department of Education standards into classroom instruction.
  • Interpret and apply the principles of the Association of Childhood Education International, National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers.
  • Demonstrate how to use findings and best practices of professional organizations to strengthen and update professional practice.

Demonstrate commitment to community issues.

  • Participate in the Academic Service Learning course component.
  • Identify local, national and global current events and their impact on the community

Department Contact

Dr. Xiaojun (June) Chen

Chair and Professor

Sullivan Hall Room 420

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