Graduate Education

Childhood Education

The college offers the master of science in education in programs that qualify graduates for New York State Teacher certification in childhood education (grades 1–6); childhood education and special education (grades 1–6); and childhood education and literacy (birth – grade 6).

Childhood Education: Qualifying for Initial certification

This program is designed for college graduates holding appropriate baccalaureate degrees in liberal arts who have not had formal training in professional education and who wish to prepare for a career in childhood education. The program requires a minimum of 39 semester hours which includes a supervised student teaching experience in area cooperating schools. Upon successful completion of the program, candidates will be recommended to the New York State Education Department for initial certification.

The candidate shall submit evidence of having achieved a satisfactory level of performance on the New York State Teacher Certification Examination liberal arts and sciences test, written assessment of teaching skills, and content specialty test(s) in the area of the certificate, which shall be taken within one year prior to the candidate’s applying to the department for the initial certificate. The initial certificate shall be valid for five years from its effective date. For the professional certificate, the candidate shall successfully complete three school years of teaching experience, or its equivalent.

A minimum of 39 credits is required for the master's degree in childhood education.

Childhood Education and Special Education (grades 1-6): Qualifying for Initial Certification

This program is designed for college graduates with an appropriate liberal arts baccalaureate degree who have not had formal training in professional education and who wish to prepare for a career in childhood and/or special education. The program requires a minimum of 48 credits which includes a supervised student teaching experience in area cooperating schools.

Upon successful completion of the program, candidates will be recommended for New York State Initial certification in childhood education and special education (grades 1-6). The candidate shall submit evidence of having achieved a satisfactory level of performance on the New York State Teacher Certification Examination liberal arts and sciences test, written assessment of teaching skills, and content specialty test(s) in the area of the certificate, which shall be taken within one year prior to the candidate’s applying to the department for the initial certificate.

The initial certificate shall be valid for three years from its effective date. For the professional certificate, the candidate shall successfully complete three school years of teaching experience, or its equivalent. A minimum of 48 credits are required for the master of science in education degree in childhood and special education.

Childhood Education (grades 1-6) and Literacy (birth-grade 6): Qualifying for Initial Certification

This program is designed for college graduates with a liberal arts baccalaureate degree who have not had formal training in professional education and who wish to prepare for a career in childhood and/or literacy education. The program requires a minimum of 52 credits which includes a supervised student teaching experience in area cooperating schools.

Upon successful completion of the program, candidates will be recommended for New York State Initial certification in childhood education (grades 1-6) and literacy education (birth-6). The candidate shall submit evidence of having achieved a satisfactory level of performance on the New York State Teacher Certification Examination liberal arts and sciences test, written assessment of teaching skills, and content specialty test(s) in the area of the certificate, which shall be taken within one year prior to the candidate’s applying to the department for the initial certificate.

The initial certificate shall be valid for three years from its effective date. For the professional certificate, the candidate shall successfully complete three school years of teaching experience, or its equivalent. A minimum of 52 credits are required for the master of science in education degree in childhood education and literacy.

For more information about the master of science in education program, including admission requirements, application requirements, and courses, please go to the MSMC Graduate Catalog.

You can reach the office of the graduate program coordinator for teacher education at 845-569-3525.

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