Childhood Education (Grades 1-6)

Long Island University (LIU)

M.Sc. On Campus
12 months
1274 USD/credit
1274 USD/credit
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The M.S. in Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) at Long Island University (LIU) prepares professional teachers and leaders to address the intellectual, social and emotional needs of children in the first through sixth grades.



The  M.S. in Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) at Long Island University (LIU) program is designed for individuals who have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university and college and who wish to begin a new career as a certified school teacher. Upon graduation, you will be eligible for Initial Teaching Certification from New York State. In addition, current teachers who have bachelor’s degrees in education and Initial Teaching Certification may use this program to expand their expertise to the first through sixth grade levels. This program meets the New York State master’s degree requirements for Professional Teaching Certification.

The M.S. degree curriculum comprises 11 education courses (33 credits) plus field experience, supervised student teaching (6 credits) in a public or private school, and a culminating experience. Courses range from “The Psychological Foundations of Education,” which covers a wide variety of factors that affect teaching, learning and development, to “Accommodating Learners with Special Needs in Inclusive Settings,” which includes instruction in assistive and teaching technologies to help integrate students with disabilities into the classroom. Specific courses are devoted to teaching social studies, mathematics and science in the elementary school grades, and to remedial and developmental reading. After completing 12 education credits, all students take a seminar in Health and Substance Abuse.

Option 1: 

Student Teaching Portfolio (39 credits), which consists of artifacts from your student-teaching experiences (i.e., lesson plans, journal of experiences, research, reports and projects).

Option 2: 

Comprehensive Exam (39 credits), which is a written essay exam that assesses your knowledge of teaching and the teaching process that was acquired throughout the program’s coursework. There is no thesis/research paper required for this option. This option is for students whose student-teaching requirements are waived.

Option 3: 

Education Thesis (42 credits), which consists of an original research paper. This option requires three additional credits. Students can pursue the thesis in lieu of the Comprehensive Exam or Student Teaching Portfolio. This is an option sought by students who plan deeper research at the post-master’s level.


The teacher-education programs in LIU Post’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction are nationally accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC), ensuring you receive the highest quality instruction.

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Literacy Teaching and Learning: Birth-Grade
  • Literacy Assessment for the Classroom Teacher: Birth-Grade 6
  • Accommodating Learners with Special Needs in Inclusive Settings (Includes Technology and Inclusion)
  • Pedagogical Core Requirements
  • Teaching Social Studies in Grades 1-6
  • Teaching Mathematics in Grades 1-6
  • Teaching Science in Grades 1-6
  • Adolescent Health-Risk Wrkshp
  • Pre-Student Teaching Seminar: Critical Issues in Education
  • Supervised Student Teaching and Seminar in the Elementary School

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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We have rolling admissions. As an international student it is important to apply as soon as possible so that you have plenty of time to get your visa.




39 alternative credits

39 to 42


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

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

  • Application for Admission.
  • Application fee (non-refundable). Official copies of your undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts from any college(s) or universities you have attended.
  • Applicants must have achieved at least a 2.5 overall and 2.75 in major grade point average or equivalent in a bachelor's program.
  • Personal Statement that addresses the reason you are interested in pursuing graduate work in this area of study.
  • Students for whom English is a second language must submit official score results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1274 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1274 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    1274 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1274 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Childhood Education (Grades 1-6)
Long Island University (LIU)