Childhood Education

Degree Granted
Degree Level
Garden City, NY

Earn your certification in childhood education with exceptional student teaching opportunities and experiences.

Why Study Childhood Education?

A master’s in childhood education examines the foundations of childhood education and will teach you how children develop intellectually, socially and emotionally. You’ll learn how to teach elementary students in the areas of English language arts, math, science and social studies, gaining both a greater knowledge of the content in each discipline and practicing practical ways to teach these subjects.

Why Earn Your Master’s in Childhood Education at Adelphi?

  • Receive rigorous preparation in observation and student teaching opportunities through our strong partnerships with local school districts, where Adelphi education students are in demand, and have an excellent reputation.
  • Become an empathetic and effective educator as you gain an understanding of the issues of equity and justice that impact our schools.
  • Earn your degree at a pace that works for you, with options for full- and part-time enrollment and convenient evening classes.
Note that this program is for students who do not currently hold certification in elementary (childhood) education.


* Adelphi University Career Outcomes Survey: Class of 2018
of our graduate students are working or continuing their education within six months of graduation.
Adelphi University Career Outcomes Survey: Class of 2018

Certification Opportunities

Successful graduates of this program are certified to teach grades 1–6. After completing the program, you may choose to pursue additional advanced certifications in:

Qualified candidates certified in areas other than elementary education may enroll in this program to earn a second teaching certificate and fulfill the graduate degree requirement for professional (permanent) certification in both areas.

The MA in Childhood Education program helped me to become both a better student, as well as a better teacher. Over the last two years, I’ve had incredibly involved professors and advisers who have guided me in making lifelong connections with both students and teacher mentors in local school districts.

Breana Martinez, MA ’20 MA in Childhood Education

Exceptional Hands-On Learning

Student teaching is a central component of Adelphi’s master’s in childhood education. Because of our partnerships with K–12 schools in Nassau County, Suffolk County, and New York City, in addition to our close ties with Teach America, we offer fieldwork in many different school districts and learning institutions, such as:

Adelphi education students can complete fieldwork and student teaching in a variety of learning settings.

Program Info

Application Requirements

Applicants for this program must have a completed bachelor’s degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA and should submit the following application requirements:

  • Graduate application and $50 fee
  • GRE scores
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal essay (500 words)
  • Official transcripts from all prior institutions and proof of bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year institution
COVID-19 GRE Information: We are currently offering conditional admission to qualified applicants who cannot take the GRE before the deadline due to postponed testing in their region. Students who are conditionally admitted to the University must submit the official score report prior to their semester start date. ETS has moved the GRE exam to be accessed and taken remotely for prospective test-takers in select areas. We encourage you to review for the most up to date information.

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