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M.S. in Education: Curriculum and Instruction
Early Childhood/Childhood Education Track

* This site offers basic guidelines for Degree completion. The department may have additional restrictions in addition to the information below. Please see the Graduate Course Catalog for more information.

Initial certification to teach early childhood, childhood, middle childhood, or adolescence (secondary) education in the public schools of New York State or equivalent early childhood, childhood (elementary), middle or adolescence (secondary) preparation is required for admission to the program.

Please note additional program requirements. For general admission requirements, please see the Application Procedures.

Program Requirements:

1. General Requirements Hours
A. Research
A minimum of 6 hours, not counting the Capstone requirement (see Section H below). NOTE: At least one course that meets this requirement is offered each semester during the academic year.
(6)
EDU 570  Using Educational Research to Improve Instruction
 
It is recommended that this course be completed within the first 9 credit hours of graduate study.
3
EDU 660  Conducting Educational Research 3
B. Psychological Foundations: A minimum of 3 hours, to be selected from the following, additional courses that may become available, and/or other courses as approved by the candidate's advisor:
 
NOTE: At least one course that meets this requirement is offered each semester during the academic year.
(3)
EDU 501 Advanced Study: Child Psychology 3
EDU 502 Psychology of Adolescence 3
EDU 503 Evaluation in the Schools 3
EDU 507 Group Processes in Education 3
EDU 509 Teaching of Thinking 3
EDU 529 Proactive Approaches to Classroom Management for Students with Disabilities 3
EDU 530 Learning Theories and Teaching 3
EDU 546 Models of Classroom Management 3
EDU 562 Infant Development and Education 3
EDU 582 Classroom Expectancy and Effects 3
C. Exceptional Education: A minimum of 3 hours, to be selected from the following, additional courses that may become available, and/or courses that are approved by the candidate's advisor:
 
NOTE: At least one course that meets this requirement is offered each semester during the academic year.
(3)
EDU 504 The Exceptional Learner 3
EDU 508 Teaching Exceptional Learners 3
EDU 543 Education for the Gifted and Talented 3
D. Social, Historical, Legal Foundations of Education: A minimum of 3 hours, to be selected from the following, additional courses that may become available, and/or courses that are approved by the candidate's advisor.
 
NOTE: At least one course that meets this requirement is offered each semester during the academic year. Candidates are advised NOT to rely exclusively on summer offerings to meet graduation goals.
(3)
EDU 514 Assessment of Exceptional Learners 3
EDU 531 Philosophy of Education 3
EDU 535 School and Society 3
EDU 539 Current Issues and Problems in Education 3
EDU 545 History of American Education 3
EDU 549 Comparative Education 3
E. Cultural/Linguistic Diversity: A minimum of 3 hours, to be selected from the following, additional courses that may become available, and/or courses that are approved by the candidate's advisor.
 
NOTE: At least one course that meets this requirement is offered each semester during the academic year. Candidates are advised NOT to rely exclusively on summer offerings to meet graduation goals.
3
EDU 516 Working with Children and Families from Poverty 3
EDU 519 Curriculum Theory for the Second Language Classroom-ESL I 3
EDU 534 Curriculum Development for the Second Language Classroom-ESL II 3
EDU 537 Children's Literature 3
EDU 538 Cultural Literature 3
EDU 540 Content Area ESL 3
EDU 563 Cultural Perspectives 3
EDU 565 Language and Learning-Psycholinguistics/Language Acquisition 3
EDU 566 Sociolinguistic Considerations for Educators of ELL Students 3
F. Content and Pedagogy: At least one course in each of the core content areas of the elementary school curriculum, to address the link between content and pedagogy.
 
NOTE: At least two courses that meet this requirement are offered each semester during the academic year. Graduate students should not rely on summer offerings to meet graduation goals.
(12)
EDU 520 Curriculum Framework Theory/Development 3
EDU 525 Curriculum Framework Integration/Innovation 3
EDU 603 Issues, Trends, and Research in Elementary (Childhood) Science 3
EDU 605 Issues, Trends, and Research in Elementary (Childhood) Language Arts 3
EDU 625 Early Childhood Curriculum 3
EDU 629 Issues, Trends, and Research in Early Childhood Education 3
EDU 636 Issues, Trends, and Research in Elementary School Social Studies 3
EDU 640 Issues, Trends, and Research in Elementary (Childhood) Mathematics 3
EDU 642 Activity-Oriented Elementary Mathematics 3
G. Electives
 
Candidates select one to two elective courses (depending on whether the Master'sThesis, Project, or the Comprehensive Examination is selected to meet program Capstone requirements).
 
Electives may be any course in the following areas, provided that the course is not used to satisfy other requirements of this program: Psychological Foundations; Exceptional Children; Social, Historical, Legal Foundations; Cultural and Linguistic Diversity; and Content/Pedagogy
(3-6)
H. Capstone:
 
NOTE: These courses are offered each semester during the academic year. Candidates are advised not to rely exclusively on summer offerings to meet graduation goals:
 
Either
 
EDU 690 Master's Thesis/Project (3)
 OR
EDU 680 Master's Comprehensive Examination (0)
 
NOTE: If EDU 680 is selected, the total is 0 credit hours; if EDU 690 is selected, the credit total is 3 hours.
(0-3)
TOTAL HOURS FOR DEGREE 36

Program Requirements for Master of Science in Education: Curriculum and Instruction - Middle and Adolescence Science Education Focus

Students Should Be Advised: Revisions for the programs in Curriculum and Instruction Science Education Focus have been drafted and will be submitted to the New York State Education Department during Fall 2005. With approvals forthcoming, these programs leading to 5-9 or 7-12 professional teaching certification in specific science disciplines (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, and Physics) may be available for admission in Fall 2006. Prospective students interested in any of these programs should contact Dr. Holly Lawson, Director of Science Education Partnership and Associate Professor of Chemistry, or Dr. Michael Jabot, Assistant Professor of Education. Updated admission requirements and program descriptions may be available during Spring 2006.

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