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  • M.S. in Educational Studies

    Earn your M.S. in Educational Studies
    Become an education expert, learn the skills you will need to tackle our complex education questions.
    Degree:
    M.S.
    School:
    School of Education
    Location:
    Dobbs Ferry, Bronx, Manhattan, Yorktown Heights & Online
    Credits:
    30

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Educational Studies M.S. Curriculum

Coursework includes a 9-credit foundation core. Students may then choose an 18-credit concentration in: Early Education, Secondary Education, or Literacy. A 3-credit capstone thesis course is required at the end of the program. The program includes elective choices allowing substantial focus on the individual's area of interest, and builds up to a creative yet practical, individualized research project.

Please note that this degree does not lead to New York State teaching certification.

Required Courses 9 Credits
Courses in 1 of 3 Tracks 18 Credits
Additional Electives 9 Credits
Final Course 3 Credits
Total 30 Credits

Required Courses

  • EDUC 500 Edu Fnd Diverse Perspectives
  • EDUC 502 Fndtns Educ Sdnts w/Dsblts
  • EDUC 506 Ed Evl/Assmt ECldhd-Adol&Dsabl

6 Courses in One of Three Tracks

Early Education Track

  • EDUC 513 Intr Erl Chld Ed:Fndtn/Meth/Mt
  • EDUC 514 Wrk w/Prnts/Famls Erl Chld-Chl
  • EDUC 551 Lang Arts Cldhd/ ECldhd Educ
  • EDUC 552 Soc Studies Cldhd/ECldhd Edu
  • EDUC 553 Math Cldhd/ECldhd Educ
  • EDUC 554 Science Cldhd/ECldhd Educ
  • EDUC 642 Ad Mth Tch Lang/SS Chld/EChld
  • EDUC 646 Ad Mth Tch Math/Sci Chld/EChld

Secondary Education Track

  • EDUC 511A, B, C or D - Methods and Materials in Adolescence Education
  • EDUC 517 Educ Psych & Adlscnt Dvlpmnt
  • EDUC 518 Mthds & Mtrls in Mid Chldhd Ed
  • EDUC 590 Teach Writing/Writing Process
  • EDUC 607 Education Law
  • EDUC 643 Read/Write Cntnt Area Grd 5-12

Literacy Track

  • EDUC 505 Tchng English as 2nd Lang
  • EDUC 507 Aprchs Lit: EChldhd-Adolescenc
  • EDUC 522 Lang Develop & Lit Acquisition
  • EDUC 591 Child & Adolescent Literature
  • EDUC 617 Literacy Instruct Brth-Grade 6
  • EDUC 648 Dmsns of Lrng & Ltrcy
  • EDUC 721 Thesis Course
Will this degree allow me to teach in a public school setting in New York?
Because the degree does not lead to certification, it will not qualify you to teach in a public school setting in New York.
What can I do with this degree?
You may be able to teach in some locations such as charter schools or private schools if they do not require certification. You may also wish to add a degree for the purposes of salary increase. Check with your local district to verify whether adding this degree will help you do so.
Will I be able to self-certify after finish?
No, it is not likely that you will be able to self-certify with this degree.
Howard Miller Professor, Secondary Education
Mi-Hyun Chung Associate Professor, Literacy and Multilingual Studies
Elena Nitecki Associate Professor, Childhood Education

Educational Studies Overview

For students who are interested in earning their master's degree in education, but who do not need New York teaching certification, the M.S. in Education offers three tracks:

  • Early Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Literacy

Many charter or private schools require a master's degree only - check with your local administrator to determine if your school requires certification.Β 

In this program, students complete a thesis course, not student teaching and are also exempt from the New York State certification tests.

Educational Studies FAQS

Will this degree allow me to teach in a public school setting in New York?
Because the degree does not lead to certification, it will not qualify you to teach in a public school setting in New York.
Will I be able to self-certify after finish?
No, it is not likely that you will be able to self-certify with this degree.

Career Opportunities

This program is appropriate for individuals who do not teach in a setting which requires certification (e.g. institutions of informal education: some charter schools). It is also appropriate for individuals who wish to obtain a Master's degree only.

School of Education

Purpose

The program meets the needs of Distance Learning students outside of New York State and students interested in careers in education, but not in teaching public school. Examples of such careers include early childhood administration, children's museum directors, summer camps and youth sports leaders, not-for-profit organizations, and charter school management or professional development services.

Admission Requirements

Individuals with at least a baccalaureate degree may seek this master's degree if they are interested in career advancement or employment in education-related fields.

Educational Studies Objectives

The program seeks to prepare professional education experts who are reflective, knowledgeable, empowered to serve diverse populations and communities, and are equipped with technological and research skills. The goal of the program is to provide the necessary flexibility and range of options to develop professional educators with the understanding, strategies, and commitment to work in a variety of settings.Β