Enhance your passion for teaching upcoming generations of young learners. Immerse yourself in key instructional specialty areas — social studies, mathematics, science and technology — that also help augment your professional knowledge. Build on the solid foundation of your bachelor’s degree in elementary or childhood education when you study for the M.S.Ed. in childhood education at SUNY Cortland.
With the guidance of our expert childhood education faculty, you’ll gain a solid foundation in mathematics, science and social studies education. In addition, you’ll master techniques for educational research and curriculum analysis and explore e-learning as well as reading and writing across the curriculum.
You’ll also choose one of three specialty strands, taking courses in that strand in addition to one arts and sciences elective at the 500-600 level approved by the strand coordinator.
Social Studies Strand
You’ll learn methods of teaching social issues to diverse populations of elementary school students and how to be an informed consumer of social studies resources on the Internet.
Mathematics and Science Strand
You’ll investigate advanced topics in mathematics education and participate in a seminar in elementary science education. An emphasis is placed on integrating mathematics and science with language arts, environmental education, technology and real-life experiences.
Technology Specialist Strand
You’ll focus on new media in the classroom — how to develop new electronic tools for the creation of learning materials and environments — and digital mapping.
In addition to fulfilling the specific requirements for New York state certification, including examinations, each strand requires you to complete either a master’s project or a master’s thesis.
With the well-regarded M.S.Ed. in childhood education, grades 1-6, from SUNY Cortland, you’re prepared to take on the responsibilities of an elementary school teacher, a curriculum specialist or a community college/college instructor.
In addition to meeting the requirements for admission to a degree program as stated in this catalog, you should present the following for enrollment in the program leading to a Master of Science in Education in Childhood Education (1-6):
- Official transcripts documenting a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
- Documentation of an initial/provisional certificate, or a certificate of qualification for initial or provisional certification, in childhood education/elementary education issued by the New York State Education Department
- An overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.8
- Recommendation forms completed by two individuals. Forms are available as part of the online application.
- A typewritten statement demonstrating commitment to and interest in childhood education as well as ability to write clearly and well. The statement must answer the questions below.
- What are your reasons for committing to work with students in elementary school?
- What are your reasons for selecting SUNY Cortland for graduate studies, and specifically for M.S.Ed. in Childhood Education?
- What are your long-term goals and how do you see this program supporting you in achieving those goals?
- What other information do you deem relevant for reviewers to know?
You should matriculate before beginning course work and must establish candidacy for the degree between their sixth and 15th hour of course work.
According to College policy, no more than six graduate credit hours may be transferred from another college; only course work completed in the five years prior to completion of the graduate program may be included in the degree program.
Apply for the Master of Science in Education in Childhood Education.
You must meet any additional undergraduate or graduate requirements for the award of the degree established by the Childhood/Early Childhood Education Department. Such additional requirements must be ascertained by you in consultation with a Childhood/Early Childhood Education Department advisor.
Specific information regarding requirements (state examinations, identification and reporting of child abuse and maltreatment, alcohol and drug abuse education, school violence prevention training, and foreign language requirements) for New York state teaching certification can be found in the Teacher Certification information section of this catalog.
More detailed information is found in the Graduate Advisement Manual, available at the Childhood/Early Childhood Education Department or at the department website.