Graduate Catalog 2021-2022

Childhood Education (MSEd)

Program Administrator: 

Diane Brescia

Building (3S), Room 211A

Telephone: 718.982.3877

Email: diane.brescia@csi.cuny.edu

The program will foster and enhance students' competence in teaching, understanding of current educational research and theory, and knowledge in selected areas of the liberal arts and sciences. It appreciates and recognizes that education occurs across the lifespan in a variety of settings, and its courses reflect these understandings, work to foster these dispositions in students, and actualize these perspectives in practice. It is designed to serve dual functions through three distinct instructional sequences:

Sequence 1: This sequence is designed for those who have completed the course requirements for initial certification in childhood education from the New York State Department of Education. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, students will have met the academic requirements for professional certification in childhood education.

Sequence 2: This sequence is designed for college graduates who have not completed programs leading to initial certification in childhood education and wish to become elementary school teachers. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, students will have met the academic requirements for initial certification in childhood education.

Sequence 3: This sequence is a 15-month teacher residency program designed for college graduates who have not completed programs leading to initial certification in childhood education and wish to become elementary school teachers. Participants will receive a stipend for spending an entire academic year apprenticing in a host school.  Upon satisfactory completion of the program, students will have met the academic requirements for initial certification in childhood education. 

Admission Requirements

For Sequence 1, candidates must have completed the coursework leading to a New York State initial certificate in childhood education or early childhood education. A copy of the certificate must be submitted to the program when it is granted by the

New York State Education Department. Candidates must also possess a baccalaureate degree in a liberal arts and sciences major, or 36 credits in a liberal arts and sciences concentration, at least six credits each in English, history, mathematics, and science, and an overall grade point average (GPA) at or above 3.0. The candidate must also take the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or an approved equivalent examination and request the submission of official scores to the College. The CSI Code is 2778. Applicants should apply directly to the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to take the examination.

For Sequence 2, candidates must possess a baccalaureate degree in a liberal arts and sciences major, or 36 approved credits in a liberal arts and sciences concentration, at least six approved credits each in English, history, mathematics, and science, and an overall grade point average (GPA) at or above 3.0. The candidate must also take the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or an approved equivalent examination and request the submission of official scores to the College. The CSI Code is 2778. Applicants should apply directly to the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to take the examination.

For Sequence 3, candidates must possess a baccalaureate degree in a liberal arts and sciences major, or 36 approved credits in a liberal arts and sciences concentration, at least six approved credits each in English, history, mathematics, and science, and an overall grade point average (GPA) at or above 3.3. The candidate must also take the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or an approved equivalent examination and request the submission of official scores to the College. The CSI Code is 2778. Applicants should apply directly to the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to take the examination.

For all three sequences, applicants whose GPAs fall below the required minimums may submit a letter of appeal to the admissions committee; however, such appeals will be granted only under extraordinary circumstances. Applicants appealing for admission must present documentation demonstrating their ability to succeed in the program and may be required to take up to 24 credits in undergraduate liberal arts and science courses, as prescribed by the program coordinator, in which they must earn grades no lower than 3.0(B).

Applications for Sequences 1 and 2 are accepted for fall and spring semesters. Applications for Sequence 3 are accepted only for the summer semester.  All applications must include two academic or professional letters of recommendation and a one- or two-page personal statement that discusses the academic, teaching, and/or work experiences that have led and prepared the applicant to pursue graduate study in education.  Applicants to Sequence 3 will also participate in an interview with program faculty.

Degree Requirements

Sequence 1 consists of ten courses and a minimum of 32-38 graduate credits in five required areas of study. Students may select a concentration from the following areas: learning and development, literacy education, mathematics education, music education, science education, social foundations of education, and social studies education or pursue a multidisciplinary program. Students interested in a concentration should contact the program coordinator.

Sequence 2 consists of a minimum of 45-51 graduate credits. Students complete six required core courses before selecting from an array of advanced graduate courses.

Sequence 3 consists of 36 graduate credits.  Students move through the program as a cohort and complete many courses on site at the host school.

In all three sequences, students are required to complete an acceptable educational research project, which is carried out under faculty supervision in EDD 630 and EDD 631.

 

Sequence 1

Area 1: Psychological Foundations of Education (3-4 credits)

EDD 611Advanced Educational Psychology

3

EDD 612Sociocultural Development

3

EDD 613Developmental Psychology: Childhood

3

EDD 614Different Minds: Exploring Cognitive Diversity

4

EDD 617Topics in Moral Development and Education

4

EDD 623The Cultural Context of Thinking and Learning

4

EDD 625Activities Approach to Development and Learning

4

EDD 629Factors and Components of Educability

4

EDD 691Perspectives on Managing Diverse Learning Settings

4

Area 2: Social Foundations of Education (3-4 credits)

EDD 606History of Urban Education in the United States

3

EDD 616Comparative and International Education

3

EDD 624Multiethnic Approaches to Teaching

3

EDD 632Social Foundations Introductory Seminar

4

EDD 634Teaching in America: The Lives of Teachers

4

EDD 635Experimental Philosophy of Education

4

EDD 636The Good Teacher

4

EDD 637The MicroSociology of Classroom Life

4

EDD 638The History of Fads and Frills in Schools

4

EDD 643Sociology of Schools

4

Area 3: Literacy (3-4 credits)

EDE 605Language, Culture, and Literacy Development

4

EDE 612Literacy Assessment : Understanding Struggling Readers and Writers for Teachers

4

EDE 611Effective Literacy Instruction at the Elementary School Level

4

EDE 614Literacy Coaching and Staff Development

4

EDE 615Special Topics In Literacy

4

EDE 650Advanced Study in Reading

3

EDE 651Integrated Strategies for Underachieving Readers

3

EDE 652Children's Literature

3

Area 4: Mathematics (3-4 credits)

EDD 627Historical Perspectives on Mathematics Topics

3

EDE 640Advanced Mathematics Education for Elementary School Teachers, Grades 3-6

3

EDE 642Advanced Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers, Grades 1-2

3

EDE 643Mathematics Curriculum In The Elementary School

4

EDE 644Mathematics Pedagogy In The Elementary School

4

EDE 645Patterns in Mathematics

4

EDE 646Issues in Mathematics Education

4

Area 5: Science (3-4 credits)

ESC 602Environmental Science for Elementary School Teachers

3

EDE 630Advanced Science Education for Elementary School Teachers, Grades 3-6

3

EDE 631Advanced Science Education for Elementary Teachers, Grades 1-2

3

EDE 680Science Curriculum in the Elementary School

4

EDE 681Science Experiment Design For The Elementary School

4

EDE 682Children's Naive Theories and Misconceptions in Science

4

EDE 683Modern Physics for Elementary School Teachers

4

EDE 684Big Ideas of Science

4

Area 6: Social Studies Education (3-4 credits)

EDD 620The Teacher and Curriculum Improvement

3

EDD 628Philosophy and Children

3

EDD 626Historical Themes and Interpretations

3

EDE 620Advanced Social Studies Education for Elementary School Teachers

3

EDE 671Thematic Content Knowledge In The Elementary Social Studies

4

EDE 672Social Studies Issues Through Literature And Music

4

EDE 673Enrichment Of The Social Studies Curriculum And Pedagogy Through Technology

4

EDE 674Problem-Based Learning Strategies For The Elementary Social Studies

4

Area 7: Elective (6-8 credits)

In consultation with the Graduate Coordinator students will choose two courses to satisfy this area.

Area 8: Education Project (6 credits)

EDD 630Educational Seminar I

3

EDD 631Educational Seminar II

3

Total Credit Hours: 33-38

Sequence 2

1. Core Courses (18 credits)

EDD 602Studies in Urban and Metropolitan Education

3

EDD 609Child Cognitive Development and Learning

3

EDE 601Teaching and Learning Social Studies in Elementary Education

3

EDE 602Teaching and Learning Reading in Elementary Education

3

EDE 603Teaching and Learning Mathematics in Elementary Education

3

EDE 604Teaching and Learning Science in Elementary Education

3

2. Advanced Courses (18-19 credits)

Education of Students with Special Needs

EDP 660Teaching Students with Special Needs

3

Foundations of Education: One course from the following:

EDD 606History of Urban Education in the United States

3

EDD 611Advanced Educational Psychology

3

EDD 612Sociocultural Development

3

EDD 613Developmental Psychology: Childhood

3

EDD 614Different Minds: Exploring Cognitive Diversity

4

EDD 616Comparative and International Education

3

EDD 617Topics in Moral Development and Education

4

EDD 623The Cultural Context of Thinking and Learning

4

EDD 629Factors and Components of Educability

4

EDD 632Social Foundations Introductory Seminar

4

EDD 634Teaching in America: The Lives of Teachers

4

EDD 635Experimental Philosophy of Education

4

EDD 636The Good Teacher

4

EDD 637The MicroSociology of Classroom Life

4

EDD 638The History of Fads and Frills in Schools

4

EDD 643Sociology of Schools

4

EDD 691Perspectives on Managing Diverse Learning Settings

4

Methods in Reading: One course from the following:

EDE 650Advanced Study in Reading

3

EDE 651Integrated Strategies for Underachieving Readers

3

Methods in Mathematics: One course from the following:

EDE 640Advanced Mathematics Education for Elementary School Teachers, Grades 3-6

3

EDE 642Advanced Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers, Grades 1-2

3

The Disciplines and Pedagogy: Two courses

Students must take one course from Group A and one from Group B:

Group A:
DRA 601Drama in the Schools

4

EDD 618The Idea of the Contemporary University

3

EDD 626Historical Themes and Interpretations

3

EDD 627Historical Perspectives on Mathematics Topics

3

EDD 628Philosophy and Children

3

EDE 682Children's Naive Theories and Misconceptions in Science

4

EDE 683Modern Physics for Elementary School Teachers

4

EDE 684Big Ideas of Science

4

EDE 652Children's Literature

3

ESC 602Environmental Science for Elementary School Teachers

3

GEG 601Geography of Ordinary Landscapes

4

POL 636The Judicial Process

3

POL 737United States Constitution

4

Group B:
EDC 600Contemporary Curriculum in Early Childhood Education

3

EDD 620The Teacher and Curriculum Improvement

3

EDD 626Historical Themes and Interpretations

3

EDD 628Philosophy and Children

3

EDD 642New Media of Instruction

3

EDE 620Advanced Social Studies Education for Elementary School Teachers

3

EDE 630Advanced Science Education for Elementary School Teachers, Grades 3-6

3

EDE 631Advanced Science Education for Elementary Teachers, Grades 1-2

3

EDE 661Music and Movement in Childhood Education

3

EDE 662Advanced Art

3

EDE 671Thematic Content Knowledge In The Elementary Social Studies

4

EDE 672Social Studies Issues Through Literature And Music

4

EDE 673Enrichment Of The Social Studies Curriculum And Pedagogy Through Technology

4

EDE 674Problem-Based Learning Strategies For The Elementary Social Studies

4

EDE 680Science Curriculum in the Elementary School

4

EDE 681Science Experiment Design For The Elementary School

4

3. Field-based Courses: One of the following alternatives: (4-6 credits)

EDE 608Teaching Practicum I in Elementary Education

2-3

AND

EDE 609Teaching Practicum II in Elementary Education

1-3

OR

EDE 610Student Teaching in Elementary Education

6

4. Capstone Sequence: Inquiry in Education (6 credits)

EDD 630Educational Seminar I

3

EDD 631Educational Seminar II

3

Total Credit Hours: 45-51

Sequence 3

1. First Summer (9 credits)

EDD 609Child Cognitive Development and Learning

3

EDD 622The School and Its Community Relationships

3

EDE 602Teaching and Learning Reading in Elementary Education

3

2. Fall Semester (9 credits)

EDE 601Teaching and Learning Social Studies in Elementary Education

3

EDE 604Teaching and Learning Science in Elementary Education

3

EDE 608Teaching Practicum I in Elementary Education

2-3

3. Winter Semester (3 credits)

EDP 660Teaching Students with Special Needs

3

4. Spring Semester (12 credits)

EDD 630Educational Seminar I

3

EDE 603Teaching and Learning Mathematics in Elementary Education

3

EDE 609Teaching Practicum II in Elementary Education

1-3

EDE 650Advanced Study in Reading

3

5. Second Summer (3 credits)

EDD 631Educational Seminar II

3

Total Credit Hours: 36