Admission Requirements: Early Childhood Education, M.S.

Thanks for your interest in the Early Childhood Education-Initial Certification, M.S. degree. There are two options in the M.S. degree.

  • Initial certification (45 credits): You have little or no teaching experience and are seeking certification at the early childhood level.
  • Professional certification (36 credits): You have initial certification and wish to qualify for professional certification in your first area and initial certification in early childhood education.

Admission Requirements

The admission requirements are the same for both the initial and professional certification options.

M.S. in Early Childhood Education Initial Certification Program (45 credits) or Professional Certification Program (36 credits)

  • B.S. degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university with a major or its equivalent (minimum of 30-credit concentration) in one of the following areas: biology, chemistry, economics, English, history, life science, math, physics, or psychology.
  • Completed required general education core in the liberal arts and sciences, including but not limited to: artistic expression; communication; information retrieval; concepts in history and social sciences; humanities; a language other than English; scientific and mathematical processes; and written analysis and expression.
  • In accordance with New York State’s regulation and accreditation agency’s requirements, applicants should submit official report of a national standardized exam with a competitive score. Please contact the admissions office or department for details.

  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0.

  • Students who have a GPA between 2.85 and 2.99 may be considered for conditional admission by the program chair. If students are admitted conditionally, they must achieve a 3.0 GPA in the first six graduate credits to continue in the M.S. in Early Childhood Education program.

Additional Requirements for the Professional Certification Program
Students in the professional certification program must hold initial certification in another area (students with prior initial certification in another area will, upon completion of this program, also be eligible for professional certification in their original certification area).

Students graduating from this program are eligible for teaching certification once they have passed all required portions of the New York State Teacher Certification Exam (NYSTE). Students may also apply for internship certification after completing the first 18 credits. Internship certification permits students to begin teaching while they complete their degrees.

Master of Science in Early Childhood Education, Birth to Grade 2 (45 credits initial certification/36 credits professional certification), Online or Blended

Upon completion of all NYS certification requirements, this program leads to a master’s degree and eligibility for NYS initial certification in Early Childhood Education, Birth to Grade 2. This program facilitates the development of an understanding of early childhood development, curriculum design; effective instruction practices to teach young children; and the integrating of technology in teaching and learning. It prepares candidates for teaching in a variety of educational settings within the birth to grade 2 levels.

Master of Science in Early Childhood Education, Birth to Grade 2 (45 credits initial certification/36 credits professional certification) With Bilingual Education Extension, Online or Blended

The Bilingual Extension program is offered to candidates who are already certified to teach in New York State and wish to teach English Language Learners (ELLs) in a bilingual setting. Upon successful completion of the Bilingual Education Assessment (BEA) and course requirements for this extension, teacher candidates will be certified to teach English Language Learners in a bilingual setting. As part of the required clinical experience, candidates must complete college supervised field experiences of 50 hours within a bilingual setting.

Application Materials

  • Completed application.
  • $50 nonrefundable application fee.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation.
  • Submit a personal statement of why you want to become a teacher.
  • Copies of undergraduate transcripts for all schools attended. All final, official transcripts must be received prior to the start of your first semester.
  • Copy of college diploma or proof of degree.
  • International student requirements: English proficiency, I-20, and transcript evaluation
  • Candidates meeting the above requirements will participate in an interview with the program chair prior to a final admission decision.

Special Note
New York education law now permits nonresident aliens to qualify for an initial license. Individuals with U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status may qualify for a permanent or professional New York State Teaching Certificate.

Read more at NYSED


Applications are reviewed on a rolling admission basis, as long as space is available.

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Once your application is completed, you will be contacted if you are selected for an interview.


  • If you have any questions about admissions or eligibility, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at or 516.686.7520.
  • If you have questions about the program, contact Dr. Hui-Yin Hsu at or call 516.686.1322.