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Minor-to-Masters Program

Program Overview

The Department of Early Childhood and Childhood Education (ECCE) offers two Minor-to-Masters (MtM) programs leading to NYS initial teaching certification. Students accepted into the program begin taking coursework as a Lehman undergraduate while pursuing a bachelors degree. Upon graduating from Lehman with a liberal arts bachelor’s degree, students continue their studies as a graduate student for approximately 3 semesters. At the program’s end, students will have earned a Masters of Science in Education (MSEd) & an initial New York State teaching certification in either:

  • Early Childhood Education (Birth to Grade 2) with/without a bilingual extension
  • Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) with/without a bilingual extension

Admissions Requirements

Interested students apply when they are:

  • 1. currently enrolled as an undergraduate student;
  • 2. pursuing a liberal arts degree and have completed approximately 90 credits towards their bachelor's degree;
  • 3. AND completed the pre-requisite coursework and earned a grade of C or above in each class. The coursework includes ECE 301, 302, 311, 304.

Interested candidates must apply to either the Early Childhood Minor-to-Masters Program OR Childhood Minor-to-Masters Program.

Coursework

Undergraduate Coursework

After gaining admittance to either the Early Childhood or Childhood Minor-to-Masters Program, 12-credits of 400-level education coursework must be completed. This coursework is completed during the last two semesters of the undergraduate degree. The coursework for each program is outlined below.

Early Childhood Program
Childhood Program
ECE 435: Bilingualism for Classroom Teachers (Birth to Grade 6) ECE 435: Bilingualism for Classroom Teachers (Birth to Grade 6)
ECE 438: The Young Child and Music (Birth to Grade 2) DEC 436: Art Methods in Childhood, Grades 1-6
ECE 436: The Young Child and the Arts (Birth to Grade 2) DEC 437: Methods of Math in Childhood, Grades 1-6
ECE 427: Methods of Teaching of English Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) ECE 427: Methods of Teaching of English Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Graduate Coursework

Upon applying to the graduate program students continue their studies in Masters of Science in Education (MSEd) program. Students continue taking graduate-level coursework for approximately three semesters, and the necessary state-mandated exams. Upon completing the program, candidates earn an MSEd & an initial New York State teaching certification in either:

  • Early Childhood Education (Birth to Grade 2) with/without a bilingual extension
  • Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) with/without a bilingual extension

The following plan of study outline the graduate coursework for each program:

Apply to the Program

Application Deadlines

Applications to the Minor-to-Masters program are accepted three times during the academic year. Undergraduate students can apply to the Minor-to-Masters program during the semester they are completing their 300-level coursework:

FALL APPLICATIONS are for students who intend to begin the undergraduate, 400-level coursework during spring semester.

  • APPLICATION DUE: NOVEMBER 15th
  • ACCEPTANCE DATE: DECEMBER 15th

SPRING APPLICATIONS are for students who intend to begin the undergraduate, 400-level coursework during fall semester.

  • APPLICATION DUE: APRIL 15th
  • ACCEPTANCE DATE: MAY 15th

SUMMER APPLICATIONS are for students who intend to begin the undergraduate, 400-level coursework during fall semester.

  • APPLICATION DUE: JULY 15th
  • ACCEPTANCE DATE: AUGUST 15th

Application Process

STEP 1: Complete Application Form (Word Doc)

STEP 2: Provide two letters of recommendations from two professors -
Minor to Masters Teaching Certification Program Recommendation Form (Word Doc)

STEP 3: Email application to:

After the initial review of your application, you will be contacted by an advisor to complete the following steps:

STEP 4: Schedule an interview with program coordinator,

STEP 5: Submit a writing sample, and

STEP 6: Submit SAT or ACT scores

Interested Candidates: Join Us for an Information Session!

Each semester the Minor-to-Masters Program coordinators host several information sessions. If you are interested in learning more about the program, join us over Zoom!

SPRING 2022 INFORMATION SESSIONS:

  • Tuesday, 03/01/2022 @ 5:00 PM
  • Thursday, 03/03/2022 @ 5:00 PM
  • Monday, 03/07/2022 @ 5:00 PM
  • Thursday, 03/31/2022 @ 5:00 PM

Click on Link to Join the Zoom Session

Meeting ID: 879 3321 8935
Passcode: 447835

Program Coordinators