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Childhood Education, Grades 1–6, Initial Certification, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #28 (BCR) New York City, NY, United States
Through course work, field experiences, and student teaching, with the Childhood Education, Grades 1–6, Initial Certification from New York University you’ll become eligible for New York State initial teaching certification for grades 1–6.


Prepare for an exciting career at the forefront of childhood education by learning pedagogical skills and strategies centered around understanding how children learn and the multiple contexts in which learning occurs.

Throughout your course of study, in the Childhood Education, Grades 1–6, Initial Certification from New York University you will learn a principle-based set of teaching practices reflective of the needs, lifestyles, languages, and cultural patterns of the communities we serve. 

Your course of study will center on children’s educational experiences, informed by the belief that children are competent persons actively engaged in meaning-making in the multiple contexts of home, school, and community. Throughout your curriculum, you will learn:

  • Theories of how children learn at different developmental stages and in different contexts, and strategies to support learning
  • How the relationships between schools, families, and community-based organizations influence children's learning 
  • Pedagogical methods and core content knowledge in elementary school subjects

Careers and Outcomes

Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared for a career as a: 

  • Teacher in public or private childcare centers, early childhood centers, and elementary schools
  • Teacher educator or researcher in colleges and universities
  • Curriculum or educational program developer in schools, colleges, and universities
  • Editor or publisher of children's books and educational materials
  • Children's television writer or producer

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Inquiries into Teaching and Learning
  • Individuals with Disabilities in School/Community 
  • Foundations of Curriculum for Diverse Learners 
  • Language and Literacy in the Early Grades 
  • Language and Literacy in the Upper Grades
  • Teaching Elementary School Mathematics: Foundations and Concepts
  • Science Experiences in the Elementary School
  • Education of Children with Special Needs in Childhood Settings
  • Integrating Arts in Childhood Settings
  • Fieldwork in Schools and Other Educational Settings
  • Student Teaching in Childhood 
  • Multicultural issues in Social Studying
  • Literacy Assessment
  • Bilingual Except.Child
  • Literacy of Spec Learn

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Duration description

      Students have up to six years to complete the program.

  • Credits
    43 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

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    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • Résumé/CV
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • GRE or MAT
  • Proficiency in English

Tuition Fee

  • International

    21540 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10770 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    21540 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10770 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
    Living Costs

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