Childhood Education 1-6 (020C)

Nataly Chesky, Coordinator, (845) 257-2872

The School of Education offers students holding a baccalaureate degree an opportunity to earn a Master of Science in Teaching (MST) degree leading to NYS initial/professional certification in Childhood Education (1-6). The typical candidate for the MST degree will hold a baccalaureate degree in one of the liberal arts or sciences1 from an accredited college and will have a background in history, a foreign language, mathematics, English and science.

The program includes instruction in educational studies, developmentally appropriate practices, content pedagogy, research, and one semester of full-time student teaching. It can be completed in four semesters. Professional certification requires three years of successful teaching experience at the 1-6 grade level.

Apply to a SUNY New Paltz graduate programAdmission Requirements

Candidates for admission to program need to:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree in an approved liberal arts or science area from a regionally accredited institution;1
  • Have earned an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher;
  • Have completed:
  • six college credits of history including American History
  • six college credits or the equivalent in a foreign language
  • six credits of mathematics at the College Algebra level with a grade of “B” or better
  • six credits of English Composition with a grade of “B” or better
  • one laboratory science course, or two 3 credit science courses
  • Complete an admission application available from and provide one official transcript of all college/university course work;
  • Submit two appropriate letters of recommendation on professional letterhead, no older than one year, from individuals who can attest to the candidate’s ability to do graduate work and/or to work with children;
  • Earn a satisfactory score on the Miller Analogies Test or the Graduate Record Examination.

Curriculum Requirements

Educational Studies Core (6 Credits)
SPE565Teaching in Inclusive Classrooms 3
Select one of the following:3
Issues in Multicultural Education
Foundations of Bilingual/Bicultural Education
Education Across Borders:International Ideas and Experience
Elementary Content Core (6 Credits)
EED523Reading in the Primary Grades 3
EED536Research in Child, Family, School in Grades 3-63
Literacy and Diversity (3 Credits)
Select one of the following:3
Literacy and Language Learners
Issues in Literacy for Diverse Learners
Tchg. Learners of Culturally/Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds
Foundations of Bilingual/Bicultural Education
Education Pedagogy (12 Credits)
EED580Connecting Mathematics, Science, and Technology in Elementary School 6
EED579Integrating Reading, Language Arts and Social Studies in Grades 1-6 6
Fieldwork (3 Credits)
EED501Fieldwork in Early Childhood1
EED502Fieldwork in Math, Science, and Technology1
EED503Fieldwork in Grades 3-61
Student Teaching (7 Credits)
EED604Student Teaching Grades B-33
EED605Student Teaching Grades 4-63
EED606Student Teaching Seminar1
Total Credits37

Requirements for Completion of the Degree

Candidates are required to:

  • Develop a plan of study with an advisor upon matriculation;
  • Complete prescribed course work and other requirements within five years of matriculation;
  • Maintain a cumulative average of 3.0 or better, with no more than two grades below B-.

Certification Requirements 

  • Teacher Performance Assessment portfolio (edTPA)
  • Content Specialty Test (CST) Multi-Subjects
  • EAS (Educating All Students) test
  • Completion of Child Abuse (mandated reporting) Seminar
  • Completion of SAVE workshop
  • Completion of DASA workshop
  • Training in Health & Safety Education (EDI 095)
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