Program in Early Childhood and Childhood Education Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development New York University

Program in Early Childhood and Childhood Education Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development New York University

New York, NY
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
December 1
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
3 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


Preparing Students to Thrive as Teachers in Today's Urban Classrooms

NYU Steinhardt's MA degree programs in "Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 2)" and "Childhood Education (Grades 1-6)" provide students with the skills, creativity, and confidence to work as teachers in urban schools. The Early Childhood program prepares students to work with infants, toddlers, and young children in pre-K programs and elementary schools, while the Childhood Education program leads to careers in elementary school classrooms, after-school programs, and educational organizations.

The curriculums address critical education issues such as educational equity and developmental, linguistic, cultural, and racial diversity; innovative teaching methods; and how children develop and learn. Each course is tied to either fieldwork or student teaching in New York City schools, offering opportunities to reflect upon both theory and practice. Students become part of a supportive learning community and may also undertake research with faculty members.

Programs fulfill academic requirements for either initial or professional teaching certification in New York State, depending on prior teaching experience. An option for dual certification in Special Education is also available.

The Curriculum

The curricula for the "Early Childhood Education" and "Childhood Education" programs involve the thorough study of how children learn at different developmental stages and in different contexts. Students gain an understanding of the relationships between and among schools, families, and community-based organizations as they interact to impact student learning. Programs of study combine core foundations classes; courses focusing on pedagogical content such as language and literacy, integrating the arts into the curriculum, and working with children with special needs; fieldwork; student teaching; and a culminating experience seminar.

Students seeking initial teacher certification begin with foundation coursework in teaching methods and critical education issues. Additional courses introduce them to hands-on learning through observation opportunities in New York City schools. After thorough preparation, students are placed in the classroom for two semesters of student teaching at two different host schools and grade levels. Cooperating teachers and NYU faculty members provide feedback and suggestions to help students learn, develop, and refine their teaching techniques.

Students who are already certified classroom teachers can take 30-credit MA degree programs that lead to professional certification in special education at the early childhood or childhood level.

The curriculum also fosters a global perspective through several study abroad options. In the Dominican Republic, students gain a deeper understanding of the meaning of culture and its relationship to language, analyzing how values, norms, and ways of thinking and interpreting the world are shaped by cultural experiences. In England and China, students compare and contrast how issues such as diversity have impacted teaching and learning in a range of educational systems and institutions.

The MA degree programs are offered in a full- and part-time formats.

Early Childhood and Childhood Education Students and Alumni

Students in the "Early Childhood" and "Childhood Education" programs vary widely in age and background, from undergraduate liberal arts and business majors to career changers seeking a new profession. In order to meet initial certification requirements, students may need liberal arts credits in addition to those taken for their undergraduate degree.

Program graduates are currently in leadership positions in schools, universities, and other educational institutions throughout the country. They teach children in public and private childcare centers, early childhood centers, and elementary schools; direct curriculum development in schools, colleges, and universities; educate teachers and conduct research in schools and universities; and are writing, editing, and publishing educational materials for children and working in children's television.


NYU Steinhardt's Teaching and Learning faculty members are recognized leaders in the field. Faculty members have published on a broad range of urban education issues, including school violence; racial segregation; the achievement gap; educational and youth development among recent immigrants; fiscal inequities between urban and suburban schools; and curriculum and teacher development in primary, middle, and secondary education.

Faculty members have used their expertise to consult with and assist schools in addressing critical problems in areas such as special education, literacy, math, history, and bilingual education, and have been a part of local, national, and international school reform efforts. They are very available to students both through the courses they teach, as well as through individual advisement.

Admissions and Financial Aid

The application deadline for Fall admission is February 1.

Each year, NYU Steinhardt awards $6 million in tuition scholarships to master's students, which are determined by merit and financial need. These scholarships, combined with loans and student employment, help both full- and part-time students afford the cost of a graduate education. Applicants who are US citizens or permanent residents and who complete their Free Application for Student Aid on time will be considered for financial aid.

Location & Contact

Program in Early Childhood and Childhood Education

Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
New York University

239 Greene Street 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10003
United States

Phone: 212-998-5460
Fax: 212-995-4049

Phone: 212-998-5030
Fax: 212-995-4328

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Early Childhood Education/Early Childhood Special Education Master of Arts (MA)
    • Childhood Education Master of Arts (MA)
    • Early Childhood Education Master of Arts (MA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 57
    • Doctoral Degrees 2
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


68% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 91
    • Accepted 62
    • Acceptance Rate 68
    • Enrolled 15
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $75
    • Application Fee - International $75
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline December 1st December 1st Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline October 1st October 1st Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test, interview
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced Degreesmaster's degree
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsFebruary 1
    • Types of financial support availableTuition Waivers, Career or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students83
    • Female Percentage93%
    • Male Percentage7%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students83
    • Part-time Percentage29%
    • Full-time Percentage71%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino7%
    • Black / African American4%
    • White / Caucasian61%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian20%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races3%
    • Unknown5%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty9
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage100%
    • Male Percentage0%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchTeacher evaluation and beliefs about teaching, early literacy development, language arts, child development and education, cultural differences
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported





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