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Online Master’s Degree in Early Childhood and Childhood Education

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2 years to complete
No GRE required

Learn to Teach

Saint Rose prepares extraordinary teachers, here’s how.

The Saint Rose Masters in Early Childhood and Childhood Education program is designed for individuals who want to bring their passion for teaching to their own classroom, even if their degree is in a field other than education.

Small classes, caring and dedicated professors, and rigorous preparation for classroom teaching are hallmarks of the Master of Science in Early Childhood and Childhood Education program at The College of Saint Rose.

For example, psychology majors will apply what they have learned about cognition and the science of the brain to develop engaging lessons. Fine arts and music majors will learn how to foster student engagement by infusing their own creativity into the classroom. Even if you think your undergraduate coursework does not directly apply to education, let our experienced faculty show you how it will make you an extraordinary educator.

Students complete classroom and field experiences that will lead to initial and professional certification for both Birth – 2nd grade and 1st – 6th grade in New York State.

How the Online Master’s Program Works

The Saint Rose curriculum development master’s degree is an online-only program, with both asynchronous and synchronous learning options. As with other online graduate programs, all coursework is completed online, but that doesn’t mean students must sacrifice personalized attention and mentoring. With a range of online course offerings, instructors at Saint Rose have various options for supporting online learners both technologically and personally.

  • complete MSED Curriculum and Instruction by livestreaming class in real timeLivestreamCourses that livestream allow students to complete coursework alongside classmates via Zoom at a scheduled time in the evening.
  • complete MSED Curriculum and Instruction on-demand on your timeOn-DemandOn-demand course delivery allows students to log on at times that are convenient for them to view lectures and complete coursework.

Earn $22,000 per year while you learn co-teaching alongside an accomplished teacher

Teacher reading her pupils a story at the elementary school

Teacher Residency Program

Earn $22,000
per year while you learn co-teaching alongside an accomplished teacher

Future teachers get a strong start

Saint Rose has partnered with Classroom Academy to offer a teacher residency program for selected applicants in the MSEd Early Childhood/Childhood program.

  • Co-teach alongside an accomplished educator.
  • Apply coursework with students every day.
  • Apply coursework with students every day.

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Program Highlights

Piece together your certification puzzle at your own pace.

  • Start the program as a full time or part time student in the fall, spring or summer, then complete your last semester through a full time student teaching placement.
  • Complete your master’s degree in as little as two years of full time study.
  • Attend evening courses (4:30pm or 7:15pm start times) that meet once a week to accommodate life’s busy schedules.
  • Learn from passionate and highly credentialed faculty with decades of experience as classroom teachers and school administrators.
  • Connect your learning at Saint Rose to your future classroom by integrating pre-service student teaching hours with curriculum based on theory and practice.
  • Be expertly prepared for the New York State Teacher Certification Exams (NYSTCE) and certification process through additional campus based workshops, seminars, and one on one meetings with faculty.
  • Join our renowned alumni network which is deeply connected with many schools districts.

Saint Rose has many funding options that can make your education affordable:

Grants for graduate students

To inspire career-changers

Dreaming that the next chapter in your career is teaching? As part of our Build the Teacher Pipeline Initiative to address the nationwide teacher shortage, we’re offering career-changer grants of $1,500 per semester for up to five semesters for master’s degree programs leading to initial certification.

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Tay Fisher G’16

Tay Fisher, known worldwide as Firefly, the masterful ‘four-point’ shooter for the Harlem Globetrotters, quietly pursued a Saint Rose graduate degree in education. It wasn’t easy, but he is now a Globetrotter and a Saint Rose alumnus.

Tay Fisher G'16

I’m just like other teachers who do it because they love it,” he said. “Maybe I’m not wearing the suit and tie to work, but I’m out there and I’m teaching.”

Exceptional Faculty

Emphasis on inventive hands-on learning

Expert practitioners as well as respected researchers knowledgeable in trends throughout the global marketplace, our faculty hold you to the highest standards of ethics and transparency as well as academic excellence, and encourage you and your classmates to be effective in all aspects of business.

Dr. Andrea (Drey) Martone, Saint Rose Associate Professor of Teacher Education

Dr. Andrea (Drey) Martone, Saint Rose Associate Professor of Teacher Education

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I enjoy teaching, and I enjoy research very much,” she explained. “But my goal is to get my Saint Rose students and myself as close as possible to where the actual learning happens. I want to infuse my teaching with what I learn from elementary students.”

Taking the classroom on the road.

The STEAM Bus (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math)

The NY STEAM bus, a mobile classroom developed by Niskayuna High School students and teachers, visited Martone’s math/science methods class.Martone’s class interacted with the different resources available on the bus and then helped Niskayuna students develop different lesson plans and design challenges for local K-5 students who will utilize the bus.

Read About How Dr. Martone Keeps the Teacher in Teaching


Study the content needed for modern day classrooms.

Courses include:

  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Foundations and Practices for Including Students with Disabilities
  • Early Literacy Development in the Classroom
  • Methods in Teaching in Math & Science or ELA, Fine Arts & Social Studies
  • Infant, Toddler, and Preschool Education and Guidance
  • Literacy in the Intermediate Grades
  • Language and Literacy in a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Society

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7th – 9th Grade Extensions
Want to expand the range of students you can teach or deep dive into a subject area? Add on to your current certification with a 12-credit 7th through 9th Grade Extension. Extensions are available in: biology, chemistry, earth science, English, mathematics, physics, social studies or Spanish.

Certificate of Advanced Study in Special Education
Are you a New York State certified teacher and you hold master’s degree in education or are in the process of earning that degree? Expand your skills even more – and make yourself a versatile job candidate – with a Certificate of Advanced Study in Special Education.

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Career Outlook

Impact the future of your students.

Rest assured, no matter where your future classroom is, you will leave Saint Rose knowing that what you do in your own classroom positively impacts students’ futures.

Listen to our alumni share their “#WhyITeach” stories, and start your path to becoming an extraordinary educator.

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Schools Where Saint Rose Graduates Teach:

  • Albany Charter School Network
  • Ballston Area Community Center
  • Bethlehem Central School District
  • Brighter Choice Charter Schools
  • Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School District
  • CA Henry County Schools
  • Capital Region BOCES
  • Castle Island Bilingual Montessori School
  • Charles County Public Schools
  • City School District of Albany
  • Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District
  • Cohoes City School District
  • Cooperstown Central School District
  • Elmont Union Free School District, Garden City, NY
  • Georgia Longwood Central School District, Long Island, NY
  • Guilderland Central School District
  • Maryland Houston Public Schools
  • Middleburgh Central School District
  • New York City Public Schools
  • Schenectady City School District
  • Shenendehowa United Methodist Preschool
  • South Colonie Central School District
  • Texas San Diego Public Schools
  • Troy City School District

– (self-reported job outcome location from program completer surveys.)

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