The 36-credit Master of Science in Childhood Education, Grades 1-6, leads to either initial or professional certification.

Placement in the initial or Advanced Teacher program is determined by a candidate's undergraduate preparation and teaching experience. The Advanced Teacher program is open to teacher education candidates who are currently working as teachers of record in private, parochial or charter schools and are seeking both a graduate degree and initial certification or those who were certified at the undergraduate level. A minimum of one year's teaching experience as the teacher of record is required.

Candidates who do not yet have appropriate experience at both the lower and upper-grade levels covered by their prospective certification areas will fulfill this requirement by completing 20 days of supervised student teaching in each area of certification they are seeking. To qualify, professional candidates must also have completed three years of teaching in the area of the certificate.

Qualified applicants in either the initial or the Advanced teacher program may earn two or three certifications while pursuing the degree: Childhood Education, Grades 1-6 and Students with disabilities.

Degree-seeking candidates in all Childhood Education programs must successfully complete the education capstone requirement specific to the Childhood Education program prior to degree conferral.

Degree candidates seeking initial certification will complete an e-portfolio project in the clinical practice course.

Childhood Education, Grade 1-6 M.S. Curriculum

  • Requirements for Initial Certification Candidates 36 Credits
  • Requirements for Advanced Program Candidates 36 Credits

Requirements for Initial Certification Candidates

  • EDUC 500 Educational Foundations from Diverse Perspectives
  • EDUC 502 Fndtns Educ Sdnts w/Dsblts
  • EDUC 505 Tchng English as 2nd Lang
  • EDUC 506 Ed Evl/Assmt ECldhd-Adol&Dsabl
  • EDUC 507 Aprchs Lit: EChldhd-Adolescenc
  • EDUC 514 Wrk w/Prnts/Famls Erl Chld-Chl
  • EDUC 551 Lang Arts Cldhd/ ECldhd Educ
  • EDUC 552 Soc Studies Cldhd/ECldhd Edu
  • EDUC 553 Math Cldhd/ECldhd Educ
  • EDUC 554 Science Cldhd/ECldhd Educ
  • EDUC 605 Assess/Crct Lit Prb EChld/Chl
  • EDUC 709 Student Teaching Experience

This degree leads to single certification.

*Required in lieu of student teaching course for eligible candidates.

Childhood Education, Grade 1-6 Fast Facts

Childhood Education candidates can pursue multiple certificates:

  1. Childhood Education, Grades 1-6
  2. Childhood Education, Grades 1-6 and Early Childhood Education, Birth to Grade 2, Dual Certification
  3. Childhood Education, Grades 1-6 with Students with Disabilities, Dual Certification
  4. Childhood Education, Grades 1-6, and Early Childhood Education, Birth to Grade 2, with Students with Disabilities, Triple Certification

Requirements for admission and matriculation include:

  1. Minimum GPA of 3.0
  2. Resume
  3. An Assessment Interview is recommended
  4. Pre-Requisites: B.S. Degree
  5. Other Admissions Requirements:
    1. College Transcript with evidence of the following credits and a 3.0 average in these courses:
      1. Mathematical processes (6 credits)
      2. Scientific processes (6 credits)
      3. Historical and social sciences (6 credits)
      4. Language other than English (3 credits)
      5. Information Retrieval (3 credits)
      6. Communications/ Humanities/ Written analysis and expression (3 credits)
      7. Artistic expression (3 credits)
  6. Official GRE General Test scores reported from ETS on Quantitative Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning and Writing* or Praxis Core Academic Skills Test

*Please note that all students must take the GRE General Test unless applying for the non-certification (Educational Studies) option.

Program Outcomes

By the end of this program, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a solid content knowledge base that enables them to deliver effective educational and professional services based on current research, theory, and practice
  • Employ multiple pedagogical and professional strategies and tools to enable them to be effective practitioners in educational settings and deliver services that promote students’ intellectual, social, and emotional development
  • Understand the diverse cultural, linguistic, learning, and social strengths and needs of all populations, and incorporate and demonstrate sensitivity to the richness of diverse cultures when providing educational and other school services
  • Employ technology to deliver information, instruction, and professional services to all members of the school community
  • Reflect on professional practice to make educational decisions and enhance student learning
  • Demonstrate positive dispositions that enable them to work as effective educators, citizens, and practitioners within the school and the broader community

Purpose

The programs of study in the School of Education are designed to provide professional preparation for candidates planning to teach and serve as educational leaders.

Mission Statement of the School of Education

The Mercy College educational unit is dedicated to preparing effective educators, including teachers and other school professionals, who are reflective practitioners, equipped with the knowledge base, technological skills, research tools, and professional strategies and insights to empower them to help diverse populations of students succeed in their learning and community environments.

The values of competency, diversity, and ethical practice support the proficient development of candidates enabling them to become skilled professionals and lifelong learners. The unit is committed to creating innovative, flexible, and accessible programs of study for its candidates, and to develop partnerships and opportunities for collaboration and clinical experiences within Mercy College and with external communities.

Childhood Education, Grade 1-6 Objectives

Childhood Education Program Goals

  • Candidates will understand, explain, analyze, and apply major theories and philosophies that address physical, effective, and cognitive development during the childhood years.
  • Candidates will create high-quality, meaningful learning opportunities that are based on competencies and content knowledge, utilize developmental knowledge, employ formal and informal assessment strategies, and incorporate collaboration with all aspects of the broad school community to facilitate academic achievement to a child’s maximum potential.
  • Candidates will become reflective practitioners who continually reflect on their practice and actively pursue opportunities for professional growth.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Childhood Education, Grades 1-6 program may obtain teaching positions in Grades 1 through 6.

Program taught in:
  • English

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