Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Teaching Programs

Early Childhood Education


Application Deadlines
Fall: July 1
Spring: November 15
Summer: April 15


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Degree: Master of Science in Teaching (M.S.T.)
Credits: 36
Career Path: Classroom teacher for birth to grade 2

Start Semester: Fall, Spring, or Summer
Campus: Lincoln Center & Westchester
Full-time/Part-time: Both

Early Childhood, from birth through grade two, is a critical period for children’s learning and development. The Early Childhood program develops skills in teachers who can work effectively with all children in early childhood education settings. The program combines rigorous academic work with field experiences and student teaching to develop the knowledge and skills needed for success as teachers begin their professional careers.

Program Pre-Requisites

Applicants must have LAS prerequisites in 7 areas of study, including English Literature, math, foreign language and writing or communications, artistic expression, and social sciences.

Admissions Information

Visit the Admissions section for applications and general application requirements.

Application Deadline
  • Fall: July 1
  • Spring: November 15
  • Summer (both sessions): April 15

Dual Certification and Extension Program Options

Fieldwork Requirements

Generally, student teaching requires one full academic year, with placements in two different grade levels. In the fall semester, students complete 3 full days per week, and in the spring semester, 5 full days per week. Students are mentored by a field specialist and placed in our high needs “partnership schools” in New York City.

Program Curriculum

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Certification Information

The program leads to a Master of Science in Teaching degree (M.S.T.) and New York State initial teacher certification in Early Childhood birth to grade 2.

Teacher candidates who meet all program requirements, complete state-mandated workshops and exams, complete the course of study and established field experience are eligible for Fordham University’s endorsement for New York state initial certification in their program area. Read more about certification procedures.

Pass rates for Fordham’s initial teacher education graduates on the NYSTCE Teacher exams have been over 95% each year.


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