12 months
855 USD/credit 30780 USD/year
855 USD/credit 30780 USD/year
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The Department of Early Childhood Education offers a graduate program at The City University of New York leading to New York State certification in early childhood education, birth–grade 2 (B–2). 


This Early Childhood Education program at The City University of New York prepare teachers to support learning and development within the family, culture, and community contexts of students and schools. EECE programs share a commitment to educational practices that honor linguistic and cultural diversity, and integrate technology and instruction to enhance learning.

Learning outcomes

The 36-credit program leads to the Master of Science in Education degree (MSEd) for students who have completed a teacher certification program in elementary/early childhood and currently hold a provisional or initial teaching certificate. The MSEd in Early Childhood Education, B–2, is also designed for students with initial certificates in Childhood Education, Grades 1–6, who are interested in adding a second certificate area. The program presents an integrated approach to curriculum and environmental design. 

Part-time students normally register for 6 credits each semester. A typical full-time program would be 12 credits each semester and 6 credits in the summer.To conform to changing NYS regulations, EECE graduate programs have been substantially restructured. Each semester, the department holds informational sessions about NYS certification and program requirements. Students considering graduate study in elementary and early childhood are encouraged to attend. Contact the department (718-997-5302) for the schedule.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Language Development and Emergent Literacy
  • Ecological Perspectives on Development: The Early Years
  • Curriculum and Environmental Design for Early Childhood: Part I 
  • Curriculum and Environmental Design for Early Childhood: Part II 
  • Infants and Toddlers: Curriculum and Teaching
  • Modern Learning Technology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 SCH


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Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Students are required to hold a bachelor’s degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. 
  • NYS initial certificate in Childhood Education, Grades 1–6, or provisional certificate in Pre-K–6. 
  • Applicants are required to provide writing samples on site.
  • Results of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test are required.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    30780 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 855 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    30780 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 855 USD per credit during 12 months.


  • Full-time - $5,545/semester
  • Part-time - $470/credit

Living costs for New York City

1819 - 3968 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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