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Cross Age Program: Early Childhood &
Childhood General Education

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  • Master of Science in Education: 46 credits

Dual Certification: Early Childhood & Childhood General Education

  • 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.
  • Dual Certification: Early Childhood & Childhood General Education Coursework » [PDF]

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.

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 MoralesStan Chu
Program Director for
Early Childhood & Childhood General Education
Pathway for Assistant Teachers

Michelle MoralesMichele Ryan
Program Director for
Early Childhood & Childhood General Education
Pathway for Student Teachers 

The Cross-Age Program: Early Childhood and Childhood General Education 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.

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 coursework, 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.
  • See the Admissions Criteria.

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.