Early Childhood Education
: Master of Science in Teaching (M.S.T.)
: Classroom teacher for birth to grade 2
: Fall, Spring, or Summer
: Lincoln Center & Westchester
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.
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.
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for applications and general application requirements
- Fall: July 1
- Spring: November 15
- Summer (both sessions): April 15
Dual Certification and Extension Program Options
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.
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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.
- Dr. Chun Zhang
- Marilyn Bisberg, M.S. Early Childhood Special Education