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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.

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Designed with working professionals in mind, all classes are conveniently held in the late afternoon and evening.

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Career Opportunities

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
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Program options

The MST in Childhood Education and Special Education will provide the foundations to effectively teach children in grades 1-6 with diverse learning needs and abilities.

The MST in Adolescence Education prepares students to earn their certification in English, mathematics, social studies, Spanish, earth science, biology, chemistry, or physics. Students have the option of pursuing a degree in Adolescence and Special Education and earn a second certification in Students with Disabilities.

The MST in Art Education prepares students to become certified in Art Education or Art Education and Special Education. In New York State, the Art certification encompasses all grades, K-12, while the Special Education Certification is for grades 1-6 or 7-12. Students combining Art with Special Education may choose Art, grades K-12, and Special Education, grades 1-6, or Art, grades K-12, and Special Education, grades 7-12.

Graduates of the MST programs are invited to return to St. Thomas Aquinas College to pursue post-master’s certificates in literacy or special education at alumni discounted rates to qualify for additional certifications and salary increases.