Program Details

M.S. in Education degree program: early childhood education teacher (birth through grade 2)
HEGIS code 0823
NYS SED program code 26736

The program in early childhood education prepares reflective teachers of children from birth through grade 2. Our unique approach considers child development (typical and atypical) within the contexts of families, communities, and early learning settings in urban environments. Our graduates are keen observers of children who deeply understand and can document and articulate how children grow and develop. They successfully teach and guide young children in partnership with families from culturally, linguistically and socially diverse backgrounds using developmentally effective and culturally sensitive practices based on a family-centered and relationship-based philosophy.
Fundamental to the program's philosophy is a commitment to providing and advocating for linguistic and cultural developmentally effective practices, the arts and children's play as central to quality education for all young children, and the inclusion of children with special needs and English language learners. Based on the continual expansion of knowledge, our curriculum is vibrant and addresses emerging issues in the field. This includes bridging students' fieldwork and clinical experiences with current theories and research in child development, infant mental health, and early childhood education. Our coursework integrates the latest research in infancy, neuropsychology, social and emotional development, parenting and families, curriculum design, authentic assessment, emergent bilingual language development, number development, science inquiry, and technology.
Students are encouraged to push the boundaries of what is known about child development and early childhood education, as witnessed in our partnership with Lincoln Center Education, in which Brooklyn College students explore the relationship between imaginative learning and early childhood educational practices. We also prepare our students to teach in high-need communities through strong relationships with neighborhood early childhood programs and schools and our partnership with JumpStart, a non-profit organization that recruits and trains college students' to provide a rich literacy-based curriculum to preschool children and their parents in low-income neighborhoods. Faculty and students are currently involved in international partnerships and research in Sweden and China.
Our Undergraduate and Graduate Early Childhood Education Programs are nationally recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children as part of the School of Education's national accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
Students will enroll in the appropriate course of studies listed below (Option A or B or C) based upon teaching experience, previous course work, and the teaching certificates they hold.

Program Heads

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Phone
Email
Office Hours
Shannon, Jacqueline Program Head 718-951-5205 2311 James Hall shannon @ brooklyn.cuny.edu call/email for appointment

 

Admission Requirements

Department Education, Early Childhood And Art Education
Fall Application Deadline March 1st - rolling admission
Spring Application Deadline November 1st - rolling admission
Supporting Documents for Matriculation:
Submit to the Office of Admissions official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, two letters of recommendation, resume, photocopy of New York State or other state teaching certificate, a brief biographical statement of 500 to 1,000 words describing your reasons for pursuing the specific graduate program to which you are applying and your future professional goals. The same requirements apply to non-degree applicants.
TOEFL (paper, computer, internet) 550, 213, 79
Examinations

 

These requirements will become effective as of Fall 2014 semester.
Click here to view the current requirements

Students will enroll in the appropriate course of studies listed below (Option A or B or C) based upon teaching experience, previous course work, and the teaching certificates they hold.

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Option (A): 30 credits
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The following program applies to students who hold a New York State Initial Certificate in Early Childhood Education (birth through grade 2) or its equivalent. This program leads to a New York State Professional Certificate in Early Childhood Education (birth through grade 2).
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Matriculation requirements
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Applicants must hold a New York State Initial Certificate in Early Childhood Education (birth through grade 2) or its equivalent.

Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.00. A minimum grade point average of 3.00 in graduate education courses is required to maintain matriculation.

International applicants for whom English is a second language are required to pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 213 on the computer-based test or 79 on the internet-based test, to be considered for admission. Applicants are interviewed and may be required to demonstrate written proficiency in English.

Although not mandatory as a requirement for admission, applicants are encouraged to submit GRE scores as additional evidence to support the application.

Students should note additional requirements found at the beginning of this section as well as in the sections "Admission" and "Academic Regulations and Procedures" of the Brooklyn College Bulletin of Graduate Programs.
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Degree requirements
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Students must complete 30 credits in the following courses.
Early Childhood and Art Education 7101T; 7102T; 7107T; 7678T; 7103T; 7110T; and four courses from the following: Early Childhood and Art Education 7013T or 7100T or 7104T or 7113T or 7111T or 7115T or 7116T or 7108T or 7105T or 7106T or 7114T or 7109T or 7359T or 7360T or 7361T or 7530T or 7652T or 7663T or 7667T or 7668T or 7669T or 7670T or 7675 or 7683T or 7820T or 7885T or 7886T or 6002T or Puerto Rican and Latino Studies 7145X.

During the first semester, students must file a program of study approved by the Graduate Early Childhood Education program coordinator. All courses in the early childhood degree sequence require departmental permission for registration.

Early Childhood and Art Education 7103T and 7110T are taken consecutively the last two semesters of the student's program of study.


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Option (B): 33 credits
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The following program applies to students who hold a New York State Initial Certificate in Childhood Education (grades 1-6) or its equivalent or a New York State Initial Certificate in Special Subjects (all grades) or its equivalent. This program leads to a New York State Professional Certificate in Early Childhood Education (birth through grade 2).
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Matriculation requirements
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Applicants must hold a New York State Initial Certificate in Childhood Education (grades 1-6) or its equivalent or a New York State Initial Certificate in Special Subjects (all grades) or its equivalent.

Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.00. A minimum grade point average of 3.00 in graduate education courses is required to maintain matriculation.

International applicants for whom English is a second language are required to pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 213 on the computer-based test or 79 on the internet-based test, before being considered for admission.

Applicants are interviewed and may be required to demonstrate written proficiency in English.

Although not mandatory as a requirement for admission, applicants are encouraged to submit GRE scores as additional evidence to support the application.

Students should note additional requirements found at the beginning of this section as well as in the sections "Admission" and "Academic Regulations and Procedures" of the Brooklyn College Bulletin of Graduate Programs.
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Degree requirements
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Students must complete 33 credits in the following courses.
Early Childhood and Art Education 7101T; 7102T; 7100T; 7104T; 7111T or 7115T; 7116T or 7108T or 7105T or 7106T or 7107T or 7652T; 7109T; 7120T; 7103T; 7110T.

During the first semester, students must file a program of study approved by the program adviser. All courses in the early childhood degree sequence require departmental permission for registration.


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Option C: 45 credits
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The following program applies to students who do not hold a New York State Initial Certificate in Early Childhood Education or Childhood Education or Special Subjects or equivalent course work and teaching experience, or who are teaching but do not hold initial certification. This program leads to both New York State Initial and Professional Certificates in Early Childhood Education.
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Matriculation requirements
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Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.00. A minimum grade point average of 3.00 in graduate education courses is required to maintain matriculation.

International applicants for whom English is a second language are required to pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 213 on the computer-based test or 79 on the internet-based test, before being considered for admission.

Applicants are interviewed and may be required to demonstrate written proficiency in English. Also, although not mandatory as a requirement for admission, applicants are encouraged to submit scores on the New York State teacher certification Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST) as evidence to support the application.

Although not mandatory as a requirement for admission, applicants are encouraged to submit CST-multi-subject scores ((which is required to receive a NYS certificate in Early Childhood Education) as additional evidence to support the application.

Students should note additional requirements found at the beginning of this section as well as in the sections "Admission" and "Academic Regulations and Procedures" of the Brooklyn College Bulletin of Graduate Programs.

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Degree requirements
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Students must complete 45 credits in the following courses.

Early Childhood and Art Education 7675T; 7101T; 7102T; 7103T; 7104T; 7105T or 7106T or 7652T; 7107T; 7108T; 7109T; 7110T; 7111T; 7115T; 7116T; 7120T.

Note: To be recommended to New York State for certification, students must pass the required NYS teacher certification exams: CST-multi-subject exam, the Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST), the Educating All Students test (EAS) and the Teacher Performance Assessment (EdTPA), a teaching performance exam completed during student teaching. A student must complete student teaching with a B or higher, students who receive a grade lower than a B must apply to the ECAE chairperson for permission to reregister to repeat student teaching. Students will be allowed to repeat an ECAE course (including student-teaching) only once.
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Requirements for the Extension in Bilingual Early Childhood Education
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The New York State Education Department Extension in Bilingual Education may be added to base of an early childhood teaching certificate by meeting New York State Education Department criteria for the Bilingual Extension. New York State requirements for the Early Childhood Bilingual Extension includes the following coursework: Early Childhood and Art Education 7100T, 7116T, 7359T, and 7361T; and 7360T or Puerto Rican and Latino Studies 7145X. Permission from the Graduate Early Childhood Education program coordinator is required.
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Nonmatriculated students
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Students with a New York State Initial Certificate in Early Childhood Education and/or a New York State Professional Certificate in Early Childhood Education or their equivalents who wish to complete an Extension in Bilingual without completing a master's degree in Early Childhood Education, may do so as a nonmatriculated student. The Bilingual Extension in Early Childhood Education consists of 15 credits. The required courses, which may be taken in any order include: ECAE 7100T, 7116T, 7359T, and 7361T; and 7360T or Puerto Rican and Latino Studies 7145X. Permission from the Graduate Early Childhood Education program coordinator is required.
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Requirements for the Extension in Gifted Education Early Childhood Education
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The New York State Education Department Extension in Gifted Education may be added to the base of an early childhood teaching certificate by meeting New York State Education Department criteria that includes the following 12 credits of coursework: Early Childhood and Art Education 7667T, 7668T, 7669T, and 7670T. Permission from the Graduate Early Childhood Education program coordinator is required.
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Requirements for the Extension in Students with Disabilities (SWD) in Early Childhood Education

The New York State Education Department Extension in Students with Disabilities may be added to the base of an early childhood teaching certificate by meeting New York State Education Department requirements that include 15 credits of coursework:
Early Childhood and Art Education 7101T, 7102T, 7104T, 7113T, and 7678T.
Permission from the Graduate Early Childhood Education program coordinator is required.
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During the first semester, students must file a program of study approved by the Early Childhood Education program coordinator. All courses in the early childhood degree sequence, the early childhood bilingual extension, the early childhood gifted extension, and the early childhood students with disabilities extension require departmental permission for registration.

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