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The School of Education offers graduate programs leading to professional certification in:
Early Childhood Education Due to the necessity of a cohort, if you are interested in matriculating in this program please send an e-mail indicating your interest to Dr. Susan Salmon at email@example.com
Childhood Multicultural Education (1-6)
Reading & Literacy B-12
Adolescence Eduation in English, Mathematics, Social Studies, French, and Spanish
The program is open to applicants who have their initial certification in Early Childhood Education, Childhood Education, Childhood Education with Special Education, or Special Subjects (Birth - Grade 12), i.e., art or music.
The Early Childhood Education Graduate Program is designed to allow students with initial certification in Early Childhood Education to obtain professional certification and to allow students with other areas of initial certification to add Early Childhood Education as a certification area in the process of obtaining professional certification. The Early Childhood Education Graduate Program provides a comprehensive program of courses and field-based experiences that align with the NYS Standards for a Professional Teaching Certificate and National Accreditation Standards (i.e., NAEYC/NCATE) for Professional Preparation.
The Early Childhood Master’s degree program focuses on preparing teachers as accomplished educators with a strong background in child development and classroom research, and knowledge of the community and cultural contexts of education, family communication, curriculum inquiry, and policy development. Graduates of the program will be distinguished by their ability to apply theory and research to address issues of educational practice and policy. Special consideration is given to developing collaborative relationships for professional development and learning.
This program adds to teachers’ knowledge of teaching and learning in grades 1-6 by focusing on the multicultural dimensions of education in a diverse society. The program begins with a core component that addresses the philosophical, psychological, and social dimensions of multicultural education, focusing on critical pedagogy, multicultural materials, and methods that are social constructivist, antiracist, and global in perspective. The program includes a research component, in which candidates take a research course, and design and complete a project or thesis.
The MSED in Childhood Multicultural Education adds a vital element of multiculturalism to the School of Education’s graduate education curriculum ensuring that our candidates can assist all children in learning to their full potential. The Multicultural Education program is ideal for many teachers of grades 1-6 who wish to refine their general teaching skills rather than specialize in a particular area at the masters’ level. Graduates will have special expertise in multicultural teaching methods, content, and theory to be prepared to meet the changing needs of education in our diverse society and the world. They will be able to teach children multiculturally with engaging, culturally sensitive, and developmentally appropriate materials.
The Reading & Literacy B-12 graduate program is clinically based and requires candidates to work directly with students on developing reading proficiencies. As part of the capstone experience, candidates take two semesters of an intensive practicum in reading. The practicum experience involves work in the Reading Clinic, which is either held on campus or in the Rochester area. This experience allows candidates to interact with reading teachers and support staff, as well as provide one-on-one tutoring for struggling readers after school. The program also has coursework in Literacy theory and methods, childrens' and young adult literature, action research, and research methods.
Applicants to the Reading & Literacy B-12 program must hold initial classroom teaching certification. Successful completion of the program will yield initial certification in Reading & Literacy B-12 and eligibility for New York State professional certification as a literacy teacher when all other professional requirements have been met.
Graduate programs in Adolescence Education are designed to allow students with initial certification in Adolescence Education to obtain professional certification in English, Mathematics, Social Studies, French, or Spanish. All programs include core courses in educational theory, as well as coursework in the area of academic specialization and courses that link pedagogical methods and content in the subject of the certificate.
Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree and hold initial certification in the subject area for which they are seeking professional certification.