What will I learn?

Students enrolled in the Master of Science in Education Childhood Education 1-6 program may choose to specialize in Early Childhood Education. The planned outcome of the Early Childhood Education track is the increased understanding and use of the major concepts, principles, theories, and research related to the development of young children, infancy to second grade. Principles and standards of the NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) serve as a guide for course development and completion. This specialization will enhance the student’s understanding of how young children experience and process learning. This specialization will NOT lead to certification as an Early Childhood Education teacher.

A typical four-semester program for a full-time student would consist of two summer sessions, one fall semester, and one spring semester. There is some flexibility in planning sequences of courses, depending on course availability.

Which department am I in?

School of Education

Study options

Full Time (4 semesters)

Tuition fees
US$18,374.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

31 July 2022

Start date

29 August 2022


School of Education

SUNY New Paltz,

1 Hawk Drive,


New York,

12561, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have a 3.0 overall cumulative undergraduate grade point average. (Applicants whose undergraduate grade point average in English is less than 3.0 may be admitted on the basis of GRE scores.)

For international students

Candidates for admission to the program need to:

  • Hold a current elementary or childhood teaching certificate from New York State;
  • Have earned an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Students must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.

English Language Proficiency: TOEFL ibt: 80; IELTS: 6.5; PTE Academic: 53.

Application Deadline:

Summer Admission - Applications must be complete by May 1
Fall Admission - Applications must be complete by July 31

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About State University of New York at New Paltz

The State University of New York at New Paltz is an affordable yet high-quality university offering a diverse range of programs.

  • Affordable, high-quality university
  • Small class sizes with a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • Builds future professionals with lasting skills
  • Academic English pathway program available

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