Academic Catalog

Elementary Education (Childhood 1-6), M.S.Ed.

Program Description

The MSED Elementary Education (grades 1-6) program provides a 42-credit course of study consisting of methodologies, educational philosophy, literacy, and research. Designed for those who hold a baccalaureate degree in an area other than education, this program emphasizes critical thinking in the classroom and prepares participants to work with students from varying backgrounds. Graduates will demonstrate the knowledge, skills, professional attitude, character, and commitment to the teaching profession congruent with New York State standards.

New York requires that all MSED Elementary students have a 30-credit concentration from an undergraduate degree as well as the following credits from a regionally accredited college:

  • 6 semester hours of university-level credit in math and written analytical expression
  • 3 semester hours of university-level credit in each of the following general education areas:
    • artistic expression;
    • communication;
    • information retrieval;
    • concepts in history and social sciences;
    • humanities;
    • scientific processes
  • 3 semester hours of a language other than English

Professional Dispositions

The Department of Education at Medaille College prepares students to enter the world of teaching birth through grade twelve. We believe that a major component of professional teacher education (both in Medaille College classrooms and in P-12 schools) includes preparing students to fulfill professional habits of conduct. As part of the learning and preparation processes, students must understand and engage in professional behaviors that adhere to both policy and guiding principles required in private and public schools and community agencies. The development of values such as commitment, responsible behavior, professional communication/collaboration, confidentiality, and integrity/honesty are essential for sustained employment within the professional workforce. Prospective educators are expected to view and assume these professional dispositions as a crucial component of their academic training.

The Professional Dispositions aligned with Medaille College and the Department of Education provide a framework for these professional behaviors. Instructors and staff will demonstrate and work with our students to assure that they understand and are able to demonstrate the dispositions in every class and learning experience. When interacting with administrators, professors, teachers, peers and students (while on all Medaille campuses and during field experiences), teacher candidates must exhibit their professional commitment to becoming an excellent teacher through engagement, words and actions. A full list of expected behaviors is located in program handbooks. Students will sign an acknowledgement of these professional dispositions upon entrance to their program.

Clinical Experiences

Candidates are required to complete a minimum of 100 hours of clinical experience before student teaching. These foundational and intermediate clinical experiences will include meaningful engagement with grade 1-6 students to allow candidates to demonstrate the practices that support student learning and development in the field of education. Hours must be satisfactorily completed by the end of the semester of the corresponding course.

Additionally, all students in initial certification programs are required to successfully complete a minimum of two culminating clinical student teaching placements. Graduate students must have satisfactorily completed all pre-requisites and have a minimum 3.0 GPA to participate in student teaching. For detailed student teaching information, go to teaching.

Students who receive an unsatisfactory grade (U) for one student teaching placement must enroll and satisfactorily complete the one-credit course EDU 582 Refocus for Success and repeat the student teaching experience.

Students who receive a second unsatisfactory grade (U) in student teaching are automatically dismissed from the MSED program without the possibility of readmittance.

Note: All education teacher candidates must be able to, with or without accommodation, complete all New York State mandated course, field experience, and student teaching requirements.


Students in the MSED Elementary Program complete a capstone project in the EDU 693 Elementary Education Portfolio course. This class provides a culminating experience, which guides students in the creation of a professional portfolio to document their growth and achievement throughout the Master’s program in Elementary Education.

Degree earned: M.S.Ed.
Total number of credits: 42
Certification: Childhood, Grades 1-6

Required Courses

Students must perform to an acceptable standard in all courses. Failure to do so will result in the student taking and/or retaking the course(s) designated to improve weak areas. Furthermore, New York State Department of Education (NYSED) outlines that students must receive a grade of B- or above for all courses indicated below as meeting content core or pedagogical core requirements, otherwise, the course must be repeated.

As a requirement for graduation, all students receiving a Master of Science in Education degree must attain a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average.

ECI 535Culturally Responsive Pedagogy: Fostering Culturally Inclusive Classrooms (Pedagogical Core) 13
EDU 507Dignity For All Students Act Seminar 20
ECI 510Research in Education3
ECI 610Transitions From Education's Roots To The Present (Pedagogical Core)3
EDL 550Developmental Literacy: Emergence To Fluency (Pedagogical Core)3
EDU 511Fieldwork I: Grades 1-6 (Field Experience)0
EDU 512Fieldwork II: Grades 1-6 (Field Experience)0
EDU 571Technology For The Elementary Classroom (Pedagogical Core)3
EDL 650Assessment and Evaluation of Literacy (Pedagogical Core)3
EDU 500The Core of Education (Pedagogical Core)3
EDU 502Education Methods Of Teaching: Math, Science (Content Core Course)3
EDU 503Education Methods Of Teaching: The Arts, Language Arts and Social Studies (Content Core Course)3
EDU 504Early Field Experience/Seminar: Physical Education, Family/Consumer Services (Content Core Course)3
EDU 600Curriculum Planning In Adolescent Education (Pedagogical Core)3
EDU 506Child Abuse Awareness/Save Seminar 20
EDU 577 (Field Experience)6
EDU 693Elementary Education Portfolio3
Total Hours42

Must co-register with EDU 507 Dignity For All Students Act Seminar


Must co-register with ECI 535 Culturally Responsive Pedagogy: Fostering Culturally Inclusive Classrooms

New York State Teacher Certification/Ontario (OCT) Certification

Students seeking certification in New York must successfully complete the New York State Teacher Certification Exams (NYSTCE) as a prerequisite for certification. Students seeking certification in Ontario through the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) must achieve New York State certification prior to presenting to OCT for certification.

Note: OCT requires 60 credits before permanent certification will be considered. Without electives, the Medaille MSED Elementary Education program is 42 credits.

Department of Education Graduate Dismissal Policy

A teacher candidate may be immediately suspended or dismissed from Medaille College’s Department of Education for a crime or act indicating lack of “good moral character,” such as

  • physical or sexual abuse of a student or minor;
  • sale, possession, or use of illegal drugs;
  • any crime committed either on any school property or while in the performance of teaching duties; or
  • other acts which bring into question the teacher candidate’s “good moral character.”