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Childhood Education (Grades 1-6), M.S.

The M.S. program in Childhood/Elementary Education (Grades 1-6) prepares graduates to work with diverse groups of students in elementary school settings.

FULL tuition scholarships + living expenses for diverse future teachers in this and other select master’s programs through the Baldanza Fellows Program.
NOTE: the Childhood Education program will only accept Baldanza Fellows for Summer 2022 admission. It will be available for general admission applications beginning in Summer 2023.

This program in the Department of Teaching and Leadership provides students with the latest research and tools on teaching children in grades 1-6 in inclusive settings. You’ll learn how to design inclusive, culturally relevant pedagogy for all students in 21st century classrooms. This program meets the academic requirements for initial and professional New York State teacher certification in Childhood Education (grades 1-6).

Why Childhood Education at Syracuse University?

  • Complete your degree in 16 months of full-time study – no existing teacher certification required!
  • Learn from faculty that define inclusion broadly, developing teachers ready to work with the full range of learners in schools, including students with disabilities, students who are not native English speakers, LGBTQ youth, and students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Be prepared to teach in K-6 and K-8 school settings, providing both general education and specific content knowledge instruction for all students.
  • Participate in EDU Sims, which are standardized simulations of common interactions in classroom and school environments to help you identify your strengths and develop your professional skills.
  • Have at least 4 field placements in a diverse range of settings, including full-time teaching placements in our urban and suburban partner schools.
  • Engage in rigorous professional preparation courses with a student cohort that progresses through the program together, providing opportunities to create lifelong colleagues.
  • Take part in School of Education short-term study abroad programs around the world. Through the Himan Brown Fellowship, School of Education students are also eligible for exclusive funding to support study abroad experiences.

Our graduates are in K-12 schools and other youth contexts including:

Program Contacts

George Theoharis, Professor
gtheohar@syr.edu|315.443.9080
George Theoharis
Christine Ashby, Professor; Director, Center on Disability and Inclusion
ceashby@syr.edu|315.443.8689
Christine Ashby
Holley Musak, Office Coordinator
hamusak@syr.edu|315.443.9659
Speranza Migliore, Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment
smiglior@syr.edu|315.443.2505