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Childhood Education (MS)

Student working with a student at West Buffalo Charter School

As an educator at the childhood level, you'll teach children in all subject areas as an elementary school teacher (Grades 1-6).

Overview and Distinctions


Early experiences and learning will shape children's views of themselves and the world. If you choose to become an educator at the childhood level, you'll be prepared to teach children in all subject areas.

If you hold a bachelor's degree or are certified in an area other than childhood education, our master's degree program can prepare you to become an elementary school teacher. You'll gain the knowledge and skills to make an important difference in your students' lives. Upon graduation, you'll become eligible for initial teaching certification.

With D'Youville's RATE-accredited Childhood Education MS program, you'll take the broad-based liberal arts and science coursework necessary for teaching. You’ll benefit from the real-world experience of our engaging faculty, most of whom have had not only extensive experience teaching in but who have also established themselves as noted scholars in the field of education.

D'Youville Advantages

  • You’ll benefit directly from our faculty’s knowledge, experience, and support throughout the entire program as you learn collaboratively in small classroom settings, as well as participate in field experiences that are built into most course work - all in preparation for when you embark on your student teaching field experience. When you graduate you’ll be prepared with the knowledge, skills, and professionalism you’ll need to make a positive impact in just about any educational setting.
  • Enjoy small classes and engaging faculty with numerous years of teaching in grades K-12
  • Learn and work collaboratively with our diverse student body. Our students range in age from 22 to over 50 years of age and come from a variety of educational backgrounds.


We offer numerous scholarship and financial aid opportunities for graduate students, including a 20% discount for Canadian citizens and opportunities for tuition waivers and discounts for military veterans.

We work closely with our students to make your graduate degree affordable and offer a wide array of financial aid programs including the TEACH grant, a program that provides substantial financial support to graduate students.



Course Number Course Name Credits
EDU 620 Foundations of Learning Theory 3
EDU 621 Elementary School Strategies (Math & Science) 3
EDU 622 Needs of Exceptional Learners 3
EDU 623 Elementary School Strategies (ELA & Social Studies) 3
EDU 624 Foundations of Teaching Reading and Literacy 3
EDU 626 Teaching Children’s Literature 3
EDU 627 Diagnostic and Corrective Reading 3
EDU 651 Multiculturalism and Cultural Diversity 3
EDU 652 Curriculum Planning in Education 3
EDU 656 Philosophical and Social Foundations of Education 3
EDU 659 Language Acquisition & ELL Instruction 3
EDU 677 Field Experience Observations in Childhood Education 3
EDU 681 Student Teaching Seminar 0
EDU 682 Practicum in Student Teaching 6
EDU 684 Portfolio Capstone Course 3
EDU 698 Comprehensive Examination 0
Total 45

Student Teaching


Student teaching is one of the most important components of your education. As a student teacher you have the opportunity to apply what you’ve learned in the classroom in a supportive environment with the support of both your mentor teachers and the D’Youville faculty.

About Field Experience

Field experience is an integral part of your preparation to become a teacher. During this experience, you'll have the opportunity to put what you’ve learned during your coursework into practice in the classroom while working closely with an experienced teacher.

Because we believe that our field experience is so important, we've developed a system that emphasizes ongoing support, rigorous assessment, and intensive collaboration with the schools where our students are placed. If you’d like to learn more about how what you’ll experience during your fieldwork, our Field Experience Manual (PDF) is a good place to start. We've developed the Manual to guide associate teachers, college supervisors, and teacher candidates through their practicum experiences, providing essential information about the experience including:

  • Standards of performance and conduct
  • Roles of field experience supervisors
  • Required assignments
  • Field experience rubrics
  • Performance report
  • Evaluation forms
  • Self-assessment form
  • Video evaluation form
  • Assignment tracking form

During your field experience, you'll be supervised by both the Associate Teacher you work with on a daily basis as well as your College Supervisor at D’Youville who's responsible for making sure that you get the most out of your experience by maintaining integrity with the program as described in the Field Experience Manual while supporting a professional, nurturing relationship between the teacher candidate, themselves, and the Associate Teacher working with the candidate.

If you'd like to learn more about the role of the College Supervisor during the field experience, please review the College Supervisor's Handbook (PDF).

Field Experience Assessment

If you want to find out more about what will be expected of you as a teacher candidate during your field experience, one of the best ways is to learn how you’ll be evaluated. The documents below represent the instruments that will be used by your Associate Teacher and your College Supervisor to evaluate your performance during your student teaching experience.

Application for Education Field Placement

If you're ready to begin preparing for your field experience, please download and complete the appropriate forms.

U.S. Students

Canadian Students

This application packet file includes instructions, field placement application form, student profile form and field placement preference request form.

Click the link to view the file in your browser window, or right-click (ctrl-click) to save the document to your computer.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Admission to master's level programs in D'Youville's Department of Education is based on the qualifications of each individual student. A GPA of 3.0 (equivalent to a B) or better is the minimum requirement for acceptance into our programs.* Students with a lower GPA may be considered for provisional acceptance based upon personal and professional qualifications.

  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree consisting of 120 credits including 3 credits in a language other than English;
  • GRE or MAT score;*
  • At least one letter of recommendation written by someone who has observed you working with children or young adults;
  • A current resume; and
  • Letter of intent

Applicants must have completed 30 credit hours of prerequisites (with a grade of "C" or higher), with at least 3 credit hours in each of the following areas:

  • English
  • Social Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Natural Sciences
Applicants must also have three credits of foreign language.

*In accordance with New York State Board of Regents requirements, applicants to any college or university in New York State for the fall 2016 semester and beyond will be required to have a minimum 3.0 overall undergraduate GPA and submit scores from either the GRE or MAT for review as part of your application for admission. 

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