Master of Science in Teaching, Childhood Education
Students can pursue the MST in Childhood Education or the MST in Childhood and Special Education.
The MST in Childhood Education is for those people who hold an undergraduate degree and are now considering teaching as a career. They could be recent graduates, teaching assistants or career changers. The program is a total of 39 credits, including a semester of student teaching. The program can be completed in 16 months, but candidates may take longer if they need to. Most classes are held in the evening so that candidates can continue to work full-time. The program includes Methods classes in all subject areas so that candidates are fully prepared to teach the curriculum. Upon completion of the program, candidates will be recommended for teaching certification in Childhood Education (1-6). Candidates will be able to teach Grades 1 through 6 in both public and private schools. Additional classes in Middle School Education can be taken to prepare candidates for certification in Grades 5-9.
The MST in Childhood Education and Special Education prepares candidates to teach all students, including students with disabilities in Grades 1-6. Upon completion of the program, candidates will be recommended for teaching certification in Childhood Education (1-6) and Students with Disabilities (1-6). The program is similar to the Childhood program but includes two additional classes which address the needs of students with exceptional learning needs. In addition to classroom teaching, graduates will be qualified to teach in self-contained classrooms and resource room.
At a glance
- Graduate Program
- MST: Childhood Education: 39 credits
- MST: Childhood Education and Special Education (Grades 1-6) :49 Credits
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St. Thomas Aquinas College was founded as a teacher’s college. We have a long legacy of preparing knowledgeable, caring educators who are passionate about learning, teaching, and making a difference in the world, one student at a time.
Join our close-knit academic community of experts who will support you personally in advancing to the next level of your career.
Earn Your Degree on Your Time
Designed with working professionals in mind, all classes are conveniently held in the late afternoon and evening.
How does learning happen? This course explores how the brain develops, functions, and changes over time. Learn research-based practices and models of instruction that bring together neuroscience, cognitive science, and educational psychology to teach students with diverse learning needs and abilities.
Every teaching and learning situation is distinct and individual. Step into the role of both teacher and student through this engaging course that emphasizes hands-on learning experiences in the instruction of science and technology.
Make the most of your student teaching experience in this concurrent seminar that will inspire you to reflect, self-evaluate, and evolve as a teacher. Embracing this process as a student will propel your professional development throughout your teaching career and make it possible to empower your students to achieve their potential.
Our childhood education students student teach and find full-time employment at many school districts and education systems throughout New York and New Jersey, including:
- Clarkstown Central School District
- Cornwall Central School District
- East Ramapo Central School District
- Goshen Central School District
- Livingston Township School District
- Mahwah Township School District
- Nanuet Union Free School District
- North Rockland Central School District
- Nyack School District
- Pearl River School District
- South Orangetown Central School District
- Suffern Central School District
- Tuckahoe Union Free School District