Where in New York Can I Receive a Degree in Elementary Education?

Find schools in New York offering elementary education degrees. Learn about admissions requirements and course info for elementary education programs in the region. Schools offering Elementary Education degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Preview four schools in New York with graduate and undergraduate elementary education degrees. Programs and specializations offered include childhood/early childhood education, inclusive education, literacy, and bilingual education.

What You Need to Know

If you're looking to work as an elementary educator in New York, you can find elementary education programs at the bachelor's and master's degree levels. These programs can be found at 4-year private and public colleges and universities across the state. Bachelor's degree programs usually require four years of study, while master's degree programs typically take 2-3 years to graduate. Many programs can help train you to apply for elementary school teacher certification and include supervised teaching experiences. Keep reading for a detailed rundown of elementary education bachelor's and master's degree options in New York.

Elementary Education Bachelor's Degree Programs in New York

Hunter College

Located in Manhattan, the School of Education offers the Quality Urban Elementary School Teacher (QUEST) program, which can prepare you to become a certified teacher of childhood education in grades 1-6. After you complete 40 credits of coursework at Hunter, you can enter the education program and declare a second major in the subject you plan to teach.

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Arts in Childhood Education
  • Program Length: 4 years
  • Tuition and Fees: $6,782 per year for in-state; $13,892 per year for out-of-state (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: 40 credits of undergraduate coursework
  • Requirements: Acceptance into the School of Education; writing sample and interview; second major in English, language arts, social studies, geography, history, biology, math or chemistry
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 23,112 students (16,879 undergraduates)

St. Thomas Aquinas College

Located 15 miles north of the George Washington Bridge, this coeducational, independent liberal arts school is based on a Catholic heritage and is easily accessed from surrounding counties and the New York City metropolitan area. Listed with the National Council on Accreditation for Teacher Education, this college's teacher preparation programs have a broad liberal arts and sciences base, along with methodology classes related to your subject area. As a student teacher, you'd have a mentor for additional guidance. A post-bachelor's certificate program is available to students who hold a bachelor's degree.

  • Program Name: Bachelor's Degree in Education
  • Specializations: Inclusive childhood education (grades 1-6) and inclusive childhood and special education (grades 1-6)
  • Program Length: 4 years
  • Tuition and Fees: $28,740 per year (2015-2016)
  • Requirements: High school transcripts, SAT or ACT scores, letters of recommendation, essay, resume listing extracurricular activities
  • School Type: 4-year, private; 1,942 students (1,780 undergraduates)

State University of New York at Potsdam

Located north of the Adirondack foothills, SUNY Postdam offers a combined major in childhood and early childhood education. In this program, you'd pick a 15-18 hour specialization, such as English, math, biology, chemistry, geology, physics or social science/history. The major includes 48 credit hours of courses, including two professional blocks and a student teaching semester.

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Arts in Childhood/Early Childhood Education (birth-grade 6)
  • Program Length: 123-128 credit hours
  • Tuition and Fees: $7,923 per year for in-state; $17,773 per year for out-of-state (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: Recommended high school courses include 3 years of math, 4 years of English, 4 years of social science, 3 years of science, 1 year of fine or performing arts and 4 years of foreign language
  • Requirements: 2.5 GPA (may be waived if you fall slightly below)
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 3,979 students (3,681 undergraduates)

Elementary Education Master's Degree Programs in New York

Hunter College

Hunter's School of Education offers a number of graduate programs leading to initial and professional NY certification. While the courses you will take depend on your specialization, the curriculum in each program aims to develop well-rounded teachers who are able to supervise and teach students of all educational and cultural backgrounds.

  • Program Name: Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.)
  • Specializations: Adolescent literacy, childhood education, bilingual education, math/science (grades 1-6), literacy, special education, dance and music
  • Program Length: 2-3 years
  • Tuition and Fees: $10,438 per year for in-state; $19,028 per year for out-of-state (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: Pedagogical courses equivalent to 48-49 credits
  • Requirements: 2.8 undergraduate GPA, 30 credits of liberal arts or interdisciplinary concentration courses, personal statement, 2 letters of recommendation
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 23,112 students (6,233 graduates)

State University of New York at Potsdam

The M.S.T. program is designed for non-certified students who seek certification in teaching grades 1-6. This 47-credit program includes courses in classroom management and elementary math, science, social studies and special education. The M.S.Ed. program is a 33- to 34-credit program for students who seek professional certification. Core requirements introduce students to the fundamentals of curriculum research and development, and content courses cover topics such as diversity, literature, literacy and elementary math.

  • Program Name: Master of Science in Teaching (M.S.T.) Childhood Education (grades 1-6) and M.S.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Program Length: 2-3 years
  • Tuition and Fees: $12,133 per year for in-state; $23,473 per year for out-of-state (2015-2016)
  • Requirements: Bachelor's degree and current initial NY certification (for M.S.Ed. program); bachelor's degree (for M.S.T. program) with minimum 2.75 undergraduate GPA; 3 letters of recommendation
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 3,979 students (298 graduates)

University at Buffalo

Located in western New York, this school offers several degree options for students with various levels of experience and certification. The Ed.M. in Childhood Education is a 33- to 36-credit program for students seeking professional certification in grades 1-6; students seeking initial certification complete 57-60 credits. Topics of discussion include literacy, reading instruction and educational assessment. The Ed.M. program does not include a teaching practicum. The School of Education also offers a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Elementary Education.

  • Program Name: Master of Education (Ed.M.) in Childhood Education (grades 1-6)
  • Specializations: Literacy
  • Program Length: 2-3 years
  • Tuition and Fees: $13,165 per year for in-state; $24,505 per year for out-of-state (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree, initial teaching certification
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 29,995 students (10,113 graduates)

Among New York's colleges offering elementary education programs, Hunter College and State University of New York at Potsdam both provide bachelor's and master's degrees, while St. Thomas Aquinas College offers a bachelor's degree, and the University at Buffalo offers a master's degree.

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