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  • Master of Arts in Teaching

    About the Program

    The Early Childhood or Childhood Urban Education/Special Education graduate program leading to a Master of Arts in Teaching program is designed for students who have a bachelor’s degree, have completed 60 credits in liberal arts and are interested in pursuing a career in education. This program is also applicable to certified teachers looking for initial/professional certification in a different certificate area. 

    This program offers an integrated combination of rigorous academic study and clinically rich fieldwork focusing on the needs of all learners. 
    The early childhood program culminates in a dual degree in regular and special education for students from birth to grade 2, particularly those in an urban environment. The childhood program culminates in a dual degree in regular and special education for students from grades 1-6, particularly those in an urban environment.

    Each program offers a 12-month, full-time and part-time course of study, combining in person and online courses. The MAT prepares candidates to be successful in obtaining New York State teacher certification as both an Early Childhood Teacher (birth-grade 2) and a Teacher of Students with Disabilities (birth-grade 2) or as a Childhood Teacher (grades 1-6) and a Teacher of Students with Disabilities (grades 1-6). Graduates will be well-positioned for employment in high needs schools within the New York City Department of Education, as well as charter and private schools, or early childhood centers.

    Master of Arts in Teaching

    The Early Childhood or Childhood Urban/Special Education MAT program is designed to accommodate the working professional and all courses are offered in the evening and through modules during the summer months. MAT candidates may choose to pursue the degree on a full time or part time basis. To provide additional flexibility, the program offers 9 credits of non-fieldwork classes online. Candidates enrolled in this program should plan at least 5 semesters to complete. The MAT prepares candidates to be successful in obtaining New York State teacher certification, including passing the edTPA.  

    Core Courses

    The Master of Arts in Teaching is a 42 credit dual degree program consisting of 10 core courses (30 credits),  2 student teaching courses (12 credits), and submission of the edTPA for Students with Disabilities (SWD),  as required for NY State certification.  

    Master of Arts in Teaching: Early Childhood Urban Education/Special Education

    Professional Core

    • ED 605 Foundations and Contemporary Issues in Education         
    • ED 610 Foundations and Contemporary Issues in Urban and Special Education    
    • ED 612 Early Development and Practice: Risk, Resilience and Early Intervention (Birth-Age 8)       
    • ED 615 Foundations of Literacy: Research and Practice   
    • ED 620 Observation and Assessment of Children with Exceptionalities     
    • ED 625 Curriculum in General and Special Education: Instruction and Planning in Inclusive Learning Environments to Support Whole Child Development       
    • ED 630 Language and Literacy Development in Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Early Childhood Classrooms
    • ED 640 The Development of Mathematical Thinking in Diverse Early Childhood Classrooms
    • ED 650 Collaborative Partnerships and Inclusive Practices in Special Education    
    • ED 660 Classroom Management through Positive Behavior Supports

    Student Teaching

    • ED 710 Student Teaching and Mentored Internship in a General Education Setting/Early Childhood or Childhood General Education     
    • ED 712 Student Teaching and Mentored Internship in a Special Education Setting/Early Childhood or Childhood Special Education       

    Master of Arts in Teaching: Childhood Urban Education/Special Education

    Professional Core

    • ED 605 Foundations and Contemporary Issues in Education         
    • ED 610 Foundations and Contemporary Issues in Urban and Special Education    
    • ED 614 Child Development and Practice: Risk, Resilience and Early Intervention (Ages 6-11)
    • ED 615 Foundations of Literacy: Research and Practice   
    • ED 620 Observation and Assessment of Children with Exceptionalities     
    • ED 625 Curriculum in General and Special Education: Instruction and Planning in Inclusive Learning Environments to Support Whole Child Development       
    • ED 642 Mathematics and Science in Childhood Classrooms
    • ED 650 Collaborative Partnerships and Inclusive Practices in Special Education    
    • ED 660 Classroom Management through Positive Behavior Supports
    • ED 680 Language and Literacy Development in Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Childhood Classrooms

    Student Teaching

    • ED 710 Student Teaching and Mentored Internship in a General Education Setting/Early Childhood or Childhood General Education     
    • ED 712 Student Teaching and Mentored Internship in a Special Education Setting/Early Childhood or Childhood Special Education       

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