46 Credits
3-4 Semesters
12-16 Months

Enrollment Options


Classes Offered

Onsite / Hybrid / Asynchronous

This 46-credit program is designed for prospective teachers who seek teaching certification to be eligible to work with all elementary school students in general, inclusion, or special education classroom settings. Upon passing the required state certification examinations,  graduates are eligible for both initial New York State certification in Childhood Education Grades 1-6 to teach in general education, and certification in Students with Disabilities Grades 1-6  to also teach students with disabilities.

Following our experientially-based Purpose-Centered Education model, students learn to become effective teachers by applying the coursework while completing a 10-month residency in urban public schools. After completing all of the program degree requirements, graduates are institutionally recommended to the New York State Education Department for both Initial and Professional certifications in Childhood Education Grades 1-6 (Program Code: 34552), and Students with Disabilities Grades 1-6 (Program Code: 34552).

Metropolitan College of New York’s Master of Science in Education program meets New York State’s educational requirements for licensure.

Prospective and enrolled students located in states other than New York should contact the applicable licensing boards in those states to determine whether the program meets requirements for licensure.

The following table provides hyperlinked web addresses for all state teacher education licensing or certification boards located outside of New York State.
Programs Leading to Licensure/Certification States & Territories where Program Meets Licensing or Certification Requirements States & Territories for which it has Not Been Determined if the Program Meets Licensing or Certification Requirements
MSED – Dual Childhood Grades 1-6/Special Education New York AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, PR, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, VI, WA, WV, WI, WY

The MCNY MS in Education program was recognized with a score of A+ by the National Council on Teacher Quality as one of the top programs in the country for “leading the way by maintaining selective academic admissions requirements and driving greater teacher diversity.”

Real-World Skills You’ll Learn in this Program

  • Participate in a challenging curriculum that incorporates full-time coursework and internship requirements with intensive study.

  • Directly teach and learn how to develop positive relationships with students, colleagues, parents and others in the school community.

  • Gain hands-on experience and practical knowledge through Constructive Action, a workable plan the student develops and implements.

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