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

Program Requirements

The Childhood/Elementary Education (grades 1-6) master’s program requires 40 graduate credits. This program is typically completed in an intensive 16-months of full-time study (May-August of the following year). Placements will take place during the day in every semester.

In this program, you’ll take courses in elementary education methods, special education, literacy, and education theories and practice. This coursework will be supplemented by multiple full- and part-time field experiences in a variety of settings, allowing you to use your newly acquired skills directly in a classroom environment. Coursework areas may include:

  • Understanding Teaching and Learning
  • Curriculum in Childhood Education
  • Elementary Subject-area Methods and Curriculum
  • Early Intervention for Children’s Reading Problems
  • Perspectives on Disability and Inclusion
  • Adapting Instruction for Diverse Student Needs

Students with no previous teacher certification may be required to take a series of liberal arts distribution courses to fulfill prerequisite requirements for certification, as well as a 30-credit liberal arts major or concentration. Many of these are usually fulfilled by previous undergraduate and graduate study, or can be completed after you start your master’s program (but before graduation). These requirements are determined by reviewing your transcripts during the admissions process; contact the department for more information.

Students will also complete a capstone project and presentation as their culminating degree experience, including a portfolio of their work throughout the master’s program, including evidence of planning, supporting students’ learning, and assessment, as well as their teaching philosophy and beliefs in inclusive education, working with families, and culturally responsive education. More information on academic requirements available in the Syracuse University Course Catalog.