Binghamton University’s initial preparation (pre-service) program in Childhood and Early Childhood Education (CEC) leads to a Master of Science in Education (MSEd) and eligibility for multiple New York state teaching certifications, while allowing students to work with children from birth through grade six in a number of different roles.
Two pathways toward a master’s degree are offered:
- Childhood, Early Childhood and Literacy Education (CEC-LTRC)
Eligibility for NYS certification in Early Childhood (B-2), Childhood (1-6) and Literacy Education (B-6)
- Childhood, Early Childhood and Special Education (CEC-SPED)
Eligibility for NYS certification in Early Childhood (B-2), Childhood (1-6), Special Education (B-2) and Special Education (1-6)
- Childhood, Early Childhood and TESOL (CEC-TESOL)
- Eligibility for NYS certification in Early Childhood (B-2), Childhood (1-6), and TESOL (PK-12)
Both pathways of the two-year, full-time program include a minimum of 54 credits of intensive coursework during the fall, spring, winter and summer sessions, with integrated field experiences and internship placements among a small cohort of graduate students.
Eligibility for application to this program includes a bachelor’s degree in the liberal arts with a GPA of 3.0 or higher with a distribution of arts and sciences coursework.
Culminating paper/project requirement
Students completing the CEC-LTRC program complete a position paper that includes a survey of the literature and an action research component during their literacy education internship placement.
Students completing the CEC-SPED program complete an action research project (Capstone Intervention Project) during their special education internship placement.
Plan of study
The plan of study for MSEd CEC pathways provides students and advisors with a form to guide students through the requirements.
- ELED 502 - Child Growth & Development
- ELED 503 - Curriculm/Teaching Elem Grades
- ELED 507 - Elem Sci Methods
- ELED 510 - Elem Soc St Methods
- ELED 540 - Elem Schl Math:Content/Methods
- ELED 590 - Internship in Childhood Educ
- ELED 591 - Childhood Intern Seminar
- ERED 501 - Dev. Programs for Young Child
- ERED 590 - Intern in Early Childhood
- LTRC 506 - Early Lang & Emerg Ltrc
- LTRC 516 - Inst Methods Tchg RNDG & WRTNG
- SPED 501 - Intro to Special Ed
- SPED 529 - Inst Strat for Diverse Learn
In addition to the required courses taken by students across CEC programs, the following courses are required for each particular track. Please see the plans of study for further information.
For the Special Education track only:
- SPED 509 - Teaching Stud. w/Dev. Disab.
- SPED 521 - Pro Approach Behavior Manage
- SPED 522 - Collab with Families & Staff
- SPED 523 - Assess in Special Ed
- SPED 590 - Intern & Sem in Ch Sped
For the Literacy Education track only:
- LTRC 513 - Lang Acq & Lit Instr for ELL
- LTRC 517 - Texts, Tools, and Culture
- LTRC 518 - Literacy Assessment & Teaching
- LTRC 519 - Disciplinary Literacy
- LTRC 592 - Internship EC and Elem Ltrc
Students enrolled in teacher preparation programs must earn at least a B- in all courses to progress to subsequent semesters.
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