Early Childhood Education

The City University of New York

12 months
855 USD/credit
855 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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The Graduate Programs in Early Childhood Education at The City University of New York prepare teachers to meet national standards of excellence in teaching and to develop the necessary skills and knowledge to understand and nurture children’s learning.  


The Early Childhood Education programs at The City University of New York emphasize deep knowledge of human development, learning processes, instructional strategies, and subject matter.  All courses utilize technology and focus on how teaching, learning, and assessment connect.  Special attention is given to how issues of diversity – of culture, language, family, and learning styles – can best be used to positively impact schools and schooling in urban settings. 

Program faculty are scholars and practitioners, researchers and teachers who are dedicated to continually expanding their knowledge of teaching and learning.  They work closely with educators in the public schools of New York City to provide rich fieldwork and student teaching experiences that enable program participants to combine educational theory with practice. 

The programs lead to New York State certification as a teacher of 0 - 8 year olds.

Program Features: 

  • Child-Centered Curriculum

  • Field-Based Experiences

  • Reflective Practice

  • Respect for Diversity

  • Performance-based Assessments

  • Professional Accountability

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Family, Child and School
  •  Language and Literacy Development in Early Childhood
  • Developmental Issues in Early Childhood Education

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits


On Campus

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Three letters of reference
  • Official transcripts from the community college(s) (if applicable) and the college(s) where you earned your bachelor's degree.
  • An official transcript for any graduate courses you would like approval for transfer into the CCNY graduate program (up to 6 credits can be transferred).
  • A copy of your New York State initial certification if you wish to be admitted to the professional certification program.
  • GPA of 3.0
  • Submission of scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    855 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 855 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    855 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 855 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • Local students: $5,545 / semester


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