Our graduate program in Elementary Education: Childhood (grades 1-6) program is designed for individuals who hold a baccalaureate degree in an area other than education. This program emphasizes critical thinking in the classroom and prepares participants to work with students from varying backgrounds. The program arms you with the tools and knowledge you need to be successful in the field of education.
This 12-15 month program has been offered to Ontario students for over 25 years and graduates of the program feel prepared to teach on day one.
Students completing this program will earn a master's degree in education as well as fulfill requirements for certification to teach in Ontario and New York State at the Elementary level, grades 1-6.
Students who complete the program earn a master of science in education degree and are eligible for certification to teach in Ontario and New York State. Elementary Education (Grades 1-6) corresponds to Primary/Junior (K-6) in Ontario.
Step 1: Liberal Arts and Sciences Requirements
Step 2: Education Coursework
Elementary Education Courses 36 credits
Step 3: Student Teaching (6 credits)
Approximately 14 weeks
Primary Placement -Grades 1-3 (7 weeks)
Junior Placement - Grades 4-6 (7 weeks)
Learn more about Student Teaching
Step 4: Certification Examinations
Before completing your Masters Degree in Education there are several New York State Teacher Certification Examinations that are required:
Content Specialty Test (CST):
Educating All Students (EAS):
Evaluates prospective teacher’s readiness to work with diverse student populations, English Language Learners, and students with special needs
Covers prospective teacher’s understanding of home-school relationships and teacher responsibilities
Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST):
Covers prospective teacher’s ability to read closely, reason logically, write clearly, and critique and form arguments
Education Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA):
An authentic assessment performed during the student teaching experience, the edTPA asks for evidence of a prospective teacher’s ability to plan lessons, instruct students, and use assessment data to inform instruction.
New York State Teacher Certification Exams (free outlines of what is covered for each test).
NYSTCE: Complete Prep for the LAST, ATS-W and CST (Kaplan Publishing Group)
How to Prepare for the LAST/ATS-W/CST (Barron's Publishing Group)
New York State Education Department