Childhood and Early Childhood Education

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:

  1. 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)

  2. 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)

  3. Childhood, Early Childhood and TESOL (CEC-TESOL)
    • Eligibility for NYS certification in Early Childhood (B-2), Childhood (1-6), and TESOL (PK-12)

Program requirements

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.

Required Courses

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:

For the Literacy Education track only:

Students enrolled in teacher preparation programs must earn at least a B- in all courses to progress to subsequent semesters.


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