Childhood General Education (first through sixth grade)

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  • Master of Science in Education: 45 credits

Develop creative ways to help children become active, engaged learners

Earn certification in Childhood General Education for grades 1 through 6

Michelle MoralesMichele Morales
Pathway Director for Student Teachers

Michelle MoralesStan Chu
Pathway Director for Assistant Teachers

The Childhood General Education program prepares you to work with children in 1st through 6th grade. You will become a teacher who deeply understands children, can create exciting responsive curricula, and 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 can launch children on a lifetime of learning. Both fieldwork and coursework will support you to become an educator who integrates theory and practice by providing you with 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 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 New York State initial certification in Childhood General Education to teach children in grades 1 through 6.
  • After teaching for three years, you will be eligible for professional certification. 


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 Childhood General Education master's program courses.

Supervised Fieldwork/Advisement

The integration of coursework and field experiences is central to a Bank Street education. You will:

  • Work in an elementary classroom (1-6) as a full-time assistant or head teacher, or in three classroom settings as a student teacher (3 full days each week)
  • Participate in a weekly collaborative conference group with your Bank Street 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 three-way meetings with your Bank Street advisor and with the cooperating teacher.

Career Opportunities

  • Graduates with Childhood General Education certification obtain jobs in the first 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.
  • Breadth and depth in courses in liberal arts and sciences as required by New York State Department of Education
  • See the Admissions Criteria.