Early Childhood and Childhood General Education

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  • Master of Science in Education

Learn to create classrooms that open children up to the wonder and excitement of discovery

Earn certification in both early childhood education (birth through grade 2) and in childhood education (grade 1 through grade 6)


The Early Childhood and Childhood General Education program prepares you to work with children across the broad age range of pre-school through 6th grade. You will become a teacher who deeply understands children, who can create exciting and responsive curricula, and who has strong skills in working with colleagues and families.

Classrooms are exciting places where children learn best when they are engaged in exploring the wonder of the world around them. The wonderful mix of excitement and security that a sensitive and imaginative educator brings to the classroom can launch children on a lifetime of learning. Through fieldwork and course work, you will integrate theory and practice, building a sound foundation in human development, subject matter pedagogy, and the historical, philosophical and cultural contexts of contemporary education.

Distinctive Features

  • Learn from core graduate faculty mentors, master teachers who have extensive backgrounds working with children in a range of ages and settings.
  • Ground your work in the Developmental Interaction Approach. You will learn to carefully observe children and use that knowledge to guide and inform your teaching.
  • Develop age-appropriate curricula that encourage children to explore the full range of subject areas (literacy, literature, math, science, social studies and the arts), follow their own curiosity, and forge their own paths of learning.    

Certification in Education

  • When you graduate, you will be eligible for initial New York State certification in Early Childhood General Education (birth - grade 2) and in Childhood General Education (grades 1 - 6)
  • After teaching for three years, you will be eligible for professional certification in both areas. 

Coursework

Courses at Bank Street provide students with the opportunity to engage in readings, discussions, direct experience, and reflection, encouraging a constant interplay between theory and practice. Explore the courses for the Early Childhood and Childhood General Education master's program.

Supervised Fieldwork/Advisement

The integration of coursework and field experiences is central to a Bank Street education. You will learn to observe, engage and educate children based on a solid grounding in what makes children tick.

  • Engage in intensive, supportive fieldwork: As a student teacher, you will be assigned to four placements matched to your learning interests and needs in excellent public, independent and charter school classrooms.Participate in a weekly collaborative conference group with your advisor and 5-7 other graduate students. You will have an opportunity to engage in ongoing in-depth conversations about teaching and learning.
  • Benefit from individual meetings with your advisor twice each month.
  • Attend periodic three-way meetings with your Bank Street advisor and with the cooperating teacher.

Career Opportunities

  • Graduates with Early Childhood and Childhood General Education dual certification obtain jobs in the pre-school through sixth grade range, in either public, charter or independent schools.
  • Those graduates who choose to teach outside of New York State can usually arrange for reciprocity for teaching certification in their new location.

Admission Requirements

  • Mature, self -aware and committed individuals who are excited about teaching and learning. There is an expectation of an ability and willingness to be reflective about one's own practices and work with children.
  • Excellent academic record (at least 3.0) and references
  • Breadth and depth in courses in liberal arts and sciences as required by New York State Department of Education
  • See the Admissions Criteria.