Available on both our NYC and Westchester campuses, the Master of Science for Teachers (MST) in Childhood Education provides a strong foundation for candidates who want to teach in elementary schools but do not have a degree in education. The MST in Childhood Education is a 36-credit program which prepares candidates to teach children in grades 1–6. This program is designed to accommodate the working adult and all courses are offered in the evening. MST candidates may choose to pursue the program on a full- or part-time basis. Upon completion of the program, candidates are eligible for the Initial Teaching Certificate in Childhood Education in New York State for grades 1–6.
Every MST candidate enrolled in our program is challenged to reflect on his or her prior notions about schools, classrooms, teaching, and learning. Differentiated instruction is emphasized and technology is incorporated into all aspects of the program. Candidates exit the program with the pedagogical knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to become a successful classroom teacher.
This program is recognized by the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI)
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 concentration 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
After completing the program and passing the New York State Teacher Certification Exams, candidates are eligible for initial teaching certification in Childhood or Adolescent 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 dean, graduate faculty admissions committee, or 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. The GRE is also required.