Leading Through Inquiry, Inclusion, and Action

M.S. in Early Childhood Special Education

This program is right for you, if:

  • You have a Bachelor's degree and an interest in early childhood general and special education; prior coursework in education is not required.
  • You wish to work toward New York State initial certification to teach children, birth through grade 2, while earning your Master’s degree in cutting-edge education courses taught by faculty specialists;
  • You hold no teaching certificate or are certified in an area other than early childhood special education and you want a Master's program that meets the academic requirements for New York State certification in both Early Childhood and Students with Disabilities (Birth through Grade 2);
  • You want to learn about working with diverse infants, young children, and their families in home, school, medical, community-based educational settings;
  • You want an early childhood special education program from an institution that is recognized for its longstanding history of training that infuses clinical practice with cutting edge research;
  • You want a program that provides multiple field placements which allow you to integrate what you learn with experiences in a variety of urban and suburban school settings with teachers and children with diverse backgrounds and abilities;
  • You want to become a teacher who emphasizes collaboration and teamwork with other non-teaching professionals and partnerships with families;
  • You want a program that can be completed intensely during a 16-month full-time period (September Year 1 to December Year 2), or less if you enter the program with some requirements already met through previous study, or
  • You want a program that offers part time study opportunities until the student teaching requirement.
  • With full-time study (9 credits or more), you would like to take advantage of the 25% reduction in tuition with the High Needs Scholarship.

This program prepares you for numerous professional positions, including:

  • home-based itinerant teachers,
  • early childhood special educators,
  • general preschool teachers,
  • teacher consultants,
  • public school teachers in kindergarten and the early primary grades.

View the MS in Early Childhood Special Education brochure

Program Contacts

Gail Ensher, Program Coordinator

Michelle Mondo

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