Early Childhood Special Education (M.S.T., on campus and online)

45 credits

NYSED 25485/25488

The master's degree program in early childhood/early childhood special education is an integrated, dual-certificate program that leads to endorsement for New York State teacher certification as an early childhood teacher and as a teacher of children with disabilities in early childhood education (birth–grade two). This program offers coursework in child development, curriculum and assessment, children's literature, teaching exceptional children, frameworks for educating young children including reading and writing, play, culturally and linguistically diverse learners, multi-language learners, observing and document children's learning, and effective instructional practices for young children, current issues and trends, and field experiences for student teaching. This program provides a beginning teacher with the knowledge and skills needed to be a highly effective early childhood teacher. Student teaching experience is required in regular and special education settings over two semesters. This program is approved by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and NAEYC (National Association for Education of Young Children).

CIP Code

13.1015 - Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs.

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Applicants to all early childhood programs must meet the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School of Education and the requirements for admission to initial teacher education programs. In addition, applicants for any of the early childhood programs must have

  • an undergraduate degree in one of the liberal arts or sciences. For example, English, American, or comparative literature; mathematics; an area of science; modern languages; media studies; women’s studies; political science; computer science; information science; communications; history; sociology; anthropology; economics; the arts; or psychology.
  • college-level study in the following general education core areas: artistic expression, concepts in history and social sciences, a language other than English, scientific and mathematical processes, written analysis, and expression and communication.
  • at least one college-level course in English or American literature as a foundation for the use of literature in teaching emergent literacy and reading in childhood education.1

These courses may be part of or in addition to a liberal arts major/concentration.

Program of Study

Course Title Credits
UEGE 5102Historical, Philosophical, and Multicultural Foundations of American Education3
PSGE 5316Psychology of Child Development and Learning3
CTGE 5245Children's Literature in a Multicultural Society3
CTGE 5534Beginning Reading and Writing in Inclusive Classrooms3
One of the following two options3
For online students:
Teaching Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Children
For on-campus students:
Educating Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners: Pre K-12
CTGE 5230Framework for Education for All Young Children3
CTGE 5232Early Childhood Curriculum and Assessment3
CTGE 5233Early Learning Through Play3
CTGE 5234Family, Community, and All Young Children3
CTGE 5850Observing and Documenting Children's Learning: Reflective and Effective Early Childhood Practices3
CTGE 5411Perspectives and Issues in Early Childhood Special Education3
PSGE 5301Psychological Factors in Young Children with Disabilities3
or CTGE 5155 Special Education Foundations: Past, Present, Future
CTGE 5157Assessment Strategies for Young Children with Disabilities3
CTGE 5421Planning Instruction for Young Children with Disabilities3
CTGE 5200Field Experience Seminar: Issues in Reflective Practice 1, 20
CTGE 5201Student Teaching Seminar: Issues in Reflective Practice 13
CTGE 0707Early Childhood Education Portfolio 20
Total Credits45

 Student teaching required


 There is a fee associated with this course.

Required Workshops

The workshops listed below are required of all Initial Teaching (M.S.T.) programs as well as certain other programs related to NY state licensure.

  • Child Abuse Identification and Reporting Workshop (EDGE 0210)
  • Dignity for All Students Training (EDGE 0260)
  • Drug, Alcohol, and Tobacco Training (EDGE 0220)
  • Schools Against Violence Education Workshop (EDGE 0230)

In addition to the workshops listed above, the following workshop is also required of students in this M.S.T. program:

Course Title Credits
EDGE 0270Autism Training Module0