Early Childhood Special Education (Birth-Grade 2), M.S.

The master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education prepares graduates to work with diverse infants, young children, and their families in a variety of home, school, community, and agency settings.

A student works with a preschool child at jowonio schoolThis program is for students who have an interest in teaching in early childhood general and special education, reflecting innovative and research-based strategies for teaching all children birth through grade 2 with and without disabilities, in a range of home, community, and educational settings. This program meets the academic requirements for for initial and professional New York State teacher certification in both Early Childhood Education (birth-grade 2) and Students with Disabilities (birth-grade 2) – one of the only dual certification programs in the area.

Why Early Childhood Special Education at Syracuse?

  • This program prepares students for teaching diverse students in 21st century classrooms. From experiences in university classrooms, online, and in schools and communities, you will learn to design inclusive, culturally relevant pedagogy for all students.
  • Students collaborate with professionals and faculty who are leaders in the field of child and family studies, early childhood, special and elementary education, literacy, neonatology, physical therapy, and occupational therapy.
  • Most students are employed immediately after completing the program.
  • Builds on the long transition of inclusive education and disability studies in the Syracuse University School of Education.
  • Small student cohorts and a highly engaged alumni network mean you get to know your teachers and peers who will become your lifelong colleagues.
  • At least 4 field placements in early education, prekindergarten, and K-2 settings, including full time student teaching placements. These placements are at a variety of settings with partners that share close relationships with the School of Education, like the nationally-recognized Jowonio School.

A preschool student looks on as an S O E student holds up their drawingOur graduates join the growing population of professionals as teachers, aide, consultant, and other roles in:

Interested students with existing initial certification in Students with Disabilities (birth-grade 2) should consider our M.S in Inclusive Special Education (Severe/Multiple Disabilities).

Program Contacts

Rebecca Pettit, Inquiry and Application Specialist|315.443.2956
Speranza Migliore, Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment|315.443.2505
Jill Christian-Lynch, Assistant Teaching Professor|315.443.2685
Jill Christian-Lynch