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Childhood Education, Master of Science in Education

Curriculum and Instruction

Overview

The Master of Science program in Childhood Education (Career Change, Field Change, and Continuing) 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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Department Faculty

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Admission

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

Graduate Admission Information

Queens campus
School of Education
Office of Graduate Admissions
Sullivan Hall, 5th Floor
718-990-2304
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Staten Island Campus
School of Education
Graduate Admission Information
718-390-4506
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Manhattan Campus
School of Education
Graduate Admission Information
212-277-5122

Courses

The Continuing program is intended for students who wish to pursue a master's degree in the same academic area as his/her initial teaching certification.

Download the program planning sheet (Word).

Required Foundations Courses

  • EDU 7297 Integrative Research Seminar in Education
  • EDU 7000 Psychological Foundations of Learning
  • 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)
  • EDU 7666 Developing Curriculum Material for the Web (Recommended in conjunction with Required Methods Courses a,b,or c)

Required Methods Courses (Four courses from the following)

  • *EDU 7135 Current Trends, Research & Assessment in Social Studies (a)
  • *EDU 7136 Current Trends, Research & Assessment in Science (b)
  • *EDU 7137 Current Trends, Research & Assessment in Mathematics (c)
  • EDU 7138 Current Trends & Research in Language Arts
  • EDU 7129 Mathematics & Science in early Childhood

Elective Courses (One course from the following or one other course with approval of advisor)

  • EDU 7410 Identification of the Gifted and Talented
  • EDU 7411 Introduction to Designing Programs for Gifted and Talented Students
  • EDU 7106 Socio-Emotional, Cultural & Cognitive Aspects of MS Learners in General & Inclusive Settings
  • EDU 7107 Methods & Strategies of Teaching MS Learners in General & Inclusive Settings

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

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

Field Change, 33-Credit Program

The Field Change program is intended for students who have received or have qualified for an initial certification in a field of education other than adolescent education.

Download the program planning sheet (Word).

Required Foundations Courses

  • EDU 7297 Integrative Research Seminar in Education
  • EDU 7000 Psychological Foundations of Learning
  • 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)

Required Methods Courses

  • *EDU 3200 Language Acquisition & Literacy Dev for General Ed/English lang. Learners (ELL)
  • *EDU 7195 Teaching and Learning
  • *EDU 7135 Current Trends, Research & Assessment in Social Studies (a)
  • *EDU 7136 Current Trends, Research & Assessment in Science (b)
  • *EDU 7137 Current Trends, Research & Assessment in Mathematics (c)
  • 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

Download the program planning sheet (Word).

Required Foundations Courses

  • EDU 7000 Psychological Foundations of Learning
  • 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)

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 7135 Current Trends, Research & Assessment in Social Studies (a)
  • *EDU 7136 Current Trends, Research & Assessment in Science (b)
  • *EDU 7137 Current Trends, Research & Assessment in Mathematics (c)
  • EDU 7266 Tech. for Teaching Literacy in regular & Sp. Ed. Settings
  • 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

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Dr. Daniel Ness

Professor and Chair, Department of Curriculum and Instruction

718-990-2717
[email protected]