Master of Education / Master of Arts in Liberal Studies
In 2015, Sunbridge Institute established a partnership with the State University of New York’s Empire State College. This partnership enables eligible graduates of Sunbridge’s teacher education programs to receive credits for their Sunbridge diploma toward earning a fully-accredited Master of Education degree (MEd) with a self-designed concentration in Waldorf Education, conferred by SUNY Empire State.
In 2020, the Sunbridge/SUNY Empire partnership was expanded to include the option for eligible Sunbridge program graduates to receive credits toward earning a fully-accredited Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS), as well.
All Sunbridge Institute and Sunbridge College Early Childhood and Elementary Teacher Education program students and graduates who hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution are eligible to apply to these SUNY Empire master’s programs.
A division of the State University of New York, Empire State College is fully accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. SUNY Empire State College was founded as a degree-granting institution in 1971 expressly to meet the needs of adult learners. Students are accepted regardless of whether or not they live in New York State.
Program Components: MEd Degree
The SUNY Empire MEd (Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction) program is made up of a total of ten courses (30 credits). Four of these courses (12 credits) are electives reflecting the individual focus of the degree. As of September 2020, these 12 elective credits—comprising the entire Waldorf Education concentration—will be awarded to any enrolled SUNY Empire MEd student who provides documentation of having earned a Sunbridge College certificate or Sunbridge Institute diploma in Waldorf Early Childhood or Elementary teacher education.
The remaining six courses (18 credits) are fulfilled through SUNY Empire coursework: four of these courses constitute core requirements for the MEd degree and the other two courses comprise the research/design and execution of your final capstone project. These six SUNY Empire courses are conducted fully online.
The SUNY Empire portion of the MEd program (that is, the six required SUNY Empire courses, including capstone project) is comprised of six terms of coursework (spring/summer/fall) that are typically undertaken over the course of two years.
Application and acceptance to the SUNY Empire State College MEd program is separate from application and acceptance to Sunbridge Institute’s Early Childhood and Elementary Teacher Education programs.
All SUNY Empire State College tuition and fees apply and are in addition to Sunbridge tuition. Financial Aid is available from each institution separately.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does it matter if I graduated from a Sunbridge part-time or full-time program, or when I attended Sunbridge?
Documentation of graduation from any full-time or part-time Early Childhood or Elementary Teacher Education program offered by Sunbridge College or Sunbridge Institute, regardless of year, fulfills the 12-credit elective requirement for a self-designed Waldorf concentration of the SUNY Empire MEd program.
If I am accepted to Sunbridge, will I automatically be accepted to SUNY Empire?
Applications to Sunbridge and SUNY Empire are completely separate and are assessed individually.
When should I apply to SUNY Empire?
You may apply to the SUNY Empire State College MEd program at any point after you have begun (or completed) your Sunbridge teacher education program. You may pursue both your Sunbridge studies and your SUNY Empire coursework concurrently.
When can I begin my SUNY Empire studies?
You may begin taking your SUNY Empire State MEd required courses in either the fall or the spring term.
Can I take longer—or less—than two years (six terms) to complete the SUNY Empire portion of the program?
Yes, but you must complete your SUNY Empire course requirements within seven years of taking your first SUNY Empire MEd course.
Will this MEd program lead to New York State teaching certification?
The SUNY Empire MEd does not lead directly to New York State teaching certification, but may fulfill the NYS graduate degree requirement for NYS teachers. Contact SUNY Empire State College directly for more information.
How much is the SUNY Empire tuition?
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How does the Sunbridge/SUNY Empire MEd program partnership compare to other master’s programs in Waldorf Education?
We believe that Sunbridge’s partnership with SUNY Empire offers those seeking a master’s degree in education with a concentration in Waldorf Education the best of both worlds. As a Sunbridge student you are afforded the opportunity to be part of a comprehensive, world-renowned Waldorf teacher education program, establishing important, real-time relationships with classmates and faculty who are also part of the Waldorf movement. Our low-residency program format allows you to reap the many benefits of progressing between study in your Sunbridge classroom and your practical work in a Waldorf classroom. As a SUNY Empire student you have the opportunity to be part of a broader academic conversation and earn an advanced degree conferred by a highly-regarded New York State university. The online format of the SUNY Empire program allows you to conveniently fit your MEd studies into your personal and professional life. We believe you will find the SUNY Empire coursework and experience to be a valuable complement to your Sunbridge program.
Can you tell me more about SUNY Empire State College?
SUNY Empire State College was established in 1971 by the SUNY Board of Trustees and then-SUNY Chancellor and future US Commissioner of Education and President of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Ernest L. Boyer (who later became a Waldorf grandparent!), as a distinctive statewide SUNY institution focused on nontraditional teaching and learning. Empire State College is dedicated to enabling motivated adults, regardless of geography or life circumstance, to manage and master a rigorous academic program and earn a degree.
Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the College serves mostly working adults pursuing associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees on-site at 35 locations in New York State and abroad, as well as online. Forty-plus years after its founding, the College continues its commitment to valuing learning gained from life and work experience. Over the years, many Sunbridge students have earned their undergraduate degree through enrollment in SUNY Empire State College; through this newly-established partnership between the two institutions, Sunbridge students may now enroll in SUNY Empire State College to earn their graduate degree.
Mission Statement: SUNY Empire State College’s dedicated faculty and staff use innovative, alternative and flexible approaches to higher education that transform people and communities by providing rigorous programs that connect individuals’ unique and diverse lives to their personal learning goals.
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