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Childhood Education Overview

Program Coordinator
Mr. Jason Riffaterre
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Hunter College’s program in childhood education has been nationally recognized by the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI). This program, which focuses on preparing teachers for New York City public schools, is designed for students who do not have New York State teacher certification in childhood education. Applicants who have initial certification in childhood education should apply to one of the other graduate teacher education programs at Hunter College such as Literacy; Childhood Special Education, Grades 1-6; TESOL (pre-K - 12); Early Childhood Education, Birth through Grade 2; or the Childhood Education Math/Science Specialist program. A master’s degree from any of these programs will meet the academic requirements for a professional certificate in that area as well as in childhood education.

The number of credits required to complete this master’s degree program is determined by the student’s educational background. Students who have not previously completed any pedagogical courses equivalent to those in the program must complete 48-49 credits. Students may be exempted from up to 12 credits based on prior equivalent course work.


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