Elementary Education Program for Canadian Students at Medaille

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Our graduate program in Elementary Education: Childhood (grades 1-6) program is designed for individuals 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. The program arms you with the tools and knowledge you need to be successful in the field of education.

This 16 month program has been offered to Ontario students for over 25 years and graduates of the program feel prepared to teach on day one.

Students completing this program will earn a master's degree in education as well as fulfill requirements for certification to teach in Ontario and New York State at the Elementary level, grades 1-6.

Program Requirements

Students who complete the program earn a master of science in education degree and are eligible for certification to teach in Ontario and New York State. Elementary Education (Grades 1-6) corresponds to Primary/Junior (K-6) in Ontario.

Step 1: Liberal Arts and Sciences Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree with a concentration of 30 semester hours of college level credit in one of the liberal arts and sciences
  • 3 credit hours in each of the following (examples are included):
  • Scientific Processes:  Biology, zoology, anatomy, physiology, physics, chemistry, geology, physical, geography
    Communication: Speech, writing
    Written Analysis & Expression: Composition, writing, English, literature
    Information Retrieval: Any course involving research and/or computer technology
    History & Social Science: Sociology, cultural studies, history, psychology, anthropology, political science, economics, cultural geography, woman studies, criminal justice
    Humanities: Composition, literature, creative writing, linguistics, public speaking, philosophy, ethics, history of religion
    At least three credits of language other than English or 2 years of high school language
  • 6 credit hours in each of the following 
  • Artistic Expression: art history, art appreciation, music history, music appreciation, dance appreciation, theatre appreciation, theatre history, film appreciation.
    Mathematic Processes: Algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, math for elementary education, statistics

Step 2: Education Coursework

Elementary Education Courses 36 credits

Step 3: Student Teaching (6 credits)

Approximately 14 weeks
Elementary Education
Primary Placement -Grades 1-3 (7 weeks)
Junior Placement - Grades 4-6 (7 weeks)
Learn more about Student Teaching

Step 4: Certification Examinations

Before completing your Masters Degree in Education there are several New York State Teacher Certification Examinations that are required:

Content Specialty Test (CST):

  • Covers content in the subject or subjects that the corresponding certificate authorizes the holder to teach.
  • Format typically consists of multiple choice questions and essay.
  • Elementary Education students take "Multi-subject". Adolescent Education students take the corresponding subject: French, Mathematics, Biology, Social Studies/History, Chemistry, or English/Language Arts.

Educating All Students (EAS):
Evaluates prospective teacher’s readiness to work with diverse student populations, English Language Learners, and students with special needs
Covers prospective teacher’s understanding of home-school relationships and teacher responsibilities

Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST):
Covers prospective teacher’s ability to read closely, reason logically, write clearly, and critique and form arguments

Education Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA):
An authentic assessment performed during the student teaching experience, the edTPA asks for evidence of a prospective teacher’s ability to plan lessons, instruct students, and use assessment data to inform instruction.

Suggested resources to help you prepare

New York State Teacher Certification Exams (free outlines of what is covered for each test).
NYSTCE: Complete Prep for the LAST, ATS-W and CST (Kaplan Publishing Group)
How to Prepare for the LAST/ATS-W/CST (Barron's Publishing Group)
New York State Education Department

Elementary Education Course Descriptions

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  • Convenient class times for working adults
  • Small classes with personalized attention
  • Collaborative learning environment
  • Degree programs taught by faculty working in the field
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