Early Childhood &
Childhood General Education Programs

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  • Master of Science in Education: 45 or 46 credits

Learn from core graduate faculty mentors who are master teachers

Develop age-appropriate curricula that encourage children to explore the full range of subject areas, follow their own curiosity, and forge their own paths of learning.

Discover creative ways to help young children learn and grow

Ground your work in the Developmental Interaction Approach and learn to carefully observe children and use that knowledge to guide and inform your teaching.



Michelle MoralesMichele Morales
Pathway Director for
Student Teachers

Michelle MoralesStan Chu
Pathway Director for Assistant Teachers

The Early Childhood and Childhood General Education programs prepare you to work with children in early childhood (birth-grade 2), childhood (grades 1-6) and across the broad age range of pre-school through 6th grade in the dual certification program. 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.

You will discover that classrooms are exciting places where children learn best when they are engaged in exploring the wonder of the world around them. 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. Most importantly, you will learn about the wonderful mix of excitement and security that a sensitive and imaginative educator brings to the classroom and how it can launch children on a lifetime of learning.

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.
  • Applicants to the Early Childhood General Education program with Purchase College, SUNY must have a GPA of 3.0 overall and in the early childhood courses taken at Purchase College, SUNY.
  • See the Admissions Criteria.

Early Childhood and Childhood Programs

  • Single Certification: Early Childhood General Education, 45 credits
    • Ages: birth through grade 2
    • When you graduate, you will be eligible for New York State initial certification at the early childhood (birth through grade 2) level. After teaching for three years, you will be eligible for professional certification.
    • No prior certification required
    • Supervised Fieldwork/Advisement: Work in an early childhood classroom as a full-time assistant or head teacher, or in three early childhood classroom settings (up through age 8) as a student teacher (3 full days each week).
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  • Single Certification: Childhood General Education, 45 credits
    • Ages: 1st through 6th grade
    • 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.
    • No prior certification required
    • Supervised Fieldwork/Advisement: Work in an elementary classroom (grades 1-6) as a full-time assistant or head teacher, or in three classroom settings as a student teacher (3 full days each week).
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  • Dual Certification: Early Childhood and Childhood General Education, 46 credits
    • Ages: birth through grade 6
    • 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.
    • No prior certification required
    • Supervised Fieldwork/Advisement: 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.
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  • Single Certification: Early Childhood General Education with The State University of New York at Purchase, 35 credits

    This program is designed for students enrolled at The State University of New York at Purchase (Purchase College, SUNY). Eligible students are those who have taken specified courses as undergraduates (see below). The 20 credits earned for the courses taken at Purchase College, SUNY count towards the completion of 10 Master’s degree credits in Early Childhood General Education.

    • Ages: birth through grade 2
    • When you graduate, you will be eligible for New York State initial certification at the early childhood (birth through grade 2) level. After teaching for three years, you will be eligible for professional certification.
    • No prior certification required
    • Supervised Fieldwork/Advisement: Work in an early childhood classroom as a full-time assistant or head teacher, or in three early childhood classroom settings (up through age 8) as a student teacher (3 full days each week).
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    SUNY Purchase Course Titles and Credits

    PSY 2650.20 Child Development - 4
    and one of the following:
        PSY 3330.20 Social Development - 4, OR
        PSY 3845.20 Gender Development - 4, OR
        PSY 3725.20 Development Psychopathology - 4, OR
        PSY 3345.20 Cognitive Development - 4
    (Note: The above requirement stands in for EDUC 500 Child Development 3 credits)
    PSY 3490.20 Development of Language - 4
    SOC 3500.20 Sociology of Education  - 4
    PSY 3850.20 Practicum/Internship in Early Childhood Development - 4
    TOTAL CREDITS - 20

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.

  • 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 General Education certification obtain jobs in the birth through second grade range, in either public, charter or independent schools.
  • Graduates with Childhood General Education certification obtain jobs in the first through sixth grade range, in either public, charter or independent schools.
  • 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.