Childhood Education, MST

Campus: NYC, Westchester


Career changers and college graduates who want to teach, but do not have an undergraduate degree in education. 

What You Learn 

The pedagogical knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to become a successful classroom teacher in general childhood (grades 1–6) classrooms. 

How You Learn 

This 36-credit program provides a focused exploration into the organization of schools, the different ways that students learn, and the adaptation of teaching methods to meet the needs of individual students. 

There is a common 15-credit core and a 15-credit specialty track. Students conclude with a 6-credit capstone experience that includes: 

  • A one-semester, full-time student-teaching experience
  • A research course
  • A capstone project

Career Outcomes

After completing the program and passing the New York State Teacher Certification Exams, candidates are eligible for initial teaching certification in Childhood Education in New York State. 


Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institution, with a minimum GPA of 3.0. (Upon the recommendation of the director of Student Support Services, candidates whose GPA is less than 3.0 may be admitted on a conditional basis, provided that it is determined that the candidate has the necessary knowledge and skills to complete the program successfully.) Childhood-level candidates must have majored in the liberal arts and sciences or its equivalent. All candidates must meet additional liberal arts and sciences course requirements mandated by New York State.

We require the GRE-Graduate Record Examination—General Test.  Performance on the GRE will not outweigh the other required criteria in your application.

Core Courses
TCH 211AChild Abuse and Violence Prevention0
TCH 211DDASA- Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying and Discrimination in Schools, Prevention & Intervention0
EDG 601Social Foundations1.5
EDG 602CChild Development1.5
EDG 605General Assessment3
EDG 606Learning Environments3
EDG 609Language, Literacy, and Global Perspectives3
EDG 610Curriculum and Methods in Inclusive Settings3
Childhood Track
EDG 623Health, Wellness, and Movement in Elementary Education1
EDG 624Applied Arts in the classroom1
EDG 626Literacy Methods for Diverse Populations (K-6)3
EDG 627Literacy Methods in Social Studies and Content Area Learning4
EDG 636Childhood Science Teaching Methods3
EDG 637Childhood Math Teaching Methods3
Capstone Experience
Select six credits of the following:6
Student Teaching and Seminar in the Childhood Classroom
Educational Research for Teaching
Total Credits36