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The Master of Science in Childhood Education, Grades 1-6 offered at Mercy College prepares students for New York State certification. The program offers student teaching, field experiences and clinical practice to supplement coursework done at the university. Students also have the opportunity to gain certification in multiple areas of teaching; however, additional course work and field experience may be required. Students must pass the School of Education comprehensive exam upon graduation
All courses are offered online and at the Dobbs Ferry, Bronx, Manhattan, and Yorktown, NY Mercy College locations. The online educational experience encourages interaction with the students and faculty. Mercy College boasts many online orientations that allow all students to become familiar and comfortable with the online learning experience.
The main goals of the Childhood Education program are to explain and analyze major theories and philosophies that address cognitive development for children in grades 1-6, implement learning opportunities that encourage individual and collaborative work, and finally, to condition and train teachers who strive for professional growth.
Students are required to complete 36 credit hours of course work along with required certification exams in order to graduate. Program courses offered include: Educational Foundations from Diverse Perspectives, Foundations in Education for Students with Disabilities from Birth through Adolescence, Teaching English as a Second Language, Educational Evaluation and Assessment from Early Childhood Through Adolescence, and more. Additional courses are listed in Mercy College's course catalog.
Teaching certificate is specifically for the New York state public school system.
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