Early Childhood Education

Why Choose Saint Rose for a degree in Early Childhood Education?

The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York, is the only institution of higher education in the Capital Region that offers a master’s degree in early childhood education.

Earning this degree helps early childhood educators gain flexibility in their current positions and expand their job opportunities. Graduates of the Saint Rose master’s program in early childhood education are qualified for leadership roles in early childhood education. This program is designed for students who do not hold initial certification in Early Childhood Education, and it provides the education course work required for initial and professional certification for teaching in birth through grade 2 in New York State and reciprocal states.

Program Highlights

Consistent with the Conceptual Framework of the School of Education of The College of Saint Rose, graduates of the Early Childhood Education programs demonstrate:

  • A functional understanding of learning theory and child growth and development
  • Knowledge of developmentally appropriate curriculum for early childhood education
  • Ability to structure a humanistic, child-centered, inclusive classroom environment
  • Planning, instruction, and evaluation consistent with the diagnosed strengths and needs of children
  • Appropriate attention to needs of exceptional children
  • Responsiveness to the characteristics of children that reflect their cultural, socio-economic, and personal histories
  • Ability to work collaboratively with parents, other school personnel and community resources
  • Professionalism, accountability, effective interpersonal skills and knowledge of the roles of teachers in the schools and schools in society
  • Ability to integrate a variety of technological methods and programs to enhance student learning and practitioner effectiveness

Requirements and Course Descriptions

Early Childhood Education

Learning Objectives

Candidates in professional education programs at The College of Saint Rose will:

  • Acquire and apply the knowledge, skills and dispositions of disciplines relevant to candidates’ projected educational or clinical roles.
  • Apply principles and theories of lifespan human development and learning in all of its diversity to education, service learning and clinical practice, and demonstrate a capacity and disposition to continuously update that knowledge and, therefore, practice according to the best emerging research in the field.
  • Plan and implement practice that is rigorous, comprehensive, inclusive, creative and motivating, inviting students’ analytical skills and promoting their dispositions to be lifelong learners.
  • Ensure that evaluation and decision-making are data-driven, multi-faceted, collaborative and recursive, and align instructional/clinical goals, practice, assessments, and standards.
  • Develop and demonstrate personal and professional values that foster the highest ethical standards of the profession; intellectual curiosity and open-mindedness; understanding and responsiveness to multiple social and global perspectives; and collegiality and collaboration among partners in the educational or clinical process that involve children, families, community members, and other professionals.
  • Promote optimal learning opportunities and environments for all individuals in the context of their experiential, cultural, and/or racial/ethnic backgrounds, including, but not limited to learners who are speakers of non-English languages, or who are gifted, have disabilities, are educationally challenged or who have different interests, ambitions or sexual orientations.
  • Demonstrate in their practice that oral and written language is a functional, as well as social and artistic tool, for communication and thought, and as such reflect the multiple literacies of local, national and global cultures.
  • Integrate a variety of technological methods and programs to enhance pupil learning and practitioner effectiveness, facilitate candidates’ acquisition of technological skills, and their dispositions to use them.