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Early Childhood Programs

  • Early Childhood Special Education (M.S. Ed.)
    • For students with New York State Certification in Early Childhood Education (birth-grade 2), or Childhood Education (grades 1-6) to become teachers of young children (birth-grade 2) with disabilities.
    • Upon completion of this program candidates will qualify for initial certification for teaching students with disabilities in early childhood as well as the annotation for teaching students with severe or multiple disabilities in early childhood. This program leads to New York State Initial/Professional Certification in Special Education at the Early Childhood level.
    • Students interested in Early Childhood Special Education as well as Applied Behavior Analysis are encouraged to explore the M.S.Ed. in Special Education Early Childhood Intervention, listed below.
  • Early Childhood Inclusive Special Education (Birth – Grade 2) (M.S. Ed. in Inclusive Early Childhood)
    • For students with no formal course work or teaching experience in early childhood, or early childhood special education.
    • This dual graduate pre-service program leads toward the New York state initial  certification to teach early childhood (Birth-Grade 2), and the New York state initial/professional certificate to teach special education at the early childhood developmental level (Birth-Grade 2). Students can matriculate and complete additional requirements in order to receive the New York State Annotation to Teach Students With Severe or Multiple Disabilities.
    • Ideas that Work - Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education

      Outstanding prospective students seeking an M.S.Ed. In Inclusive Early Childhood Special Education are eligible for scholarship funds.

  • Early Childhood Special Education (Birth – Grade 2) (Advanced Certificate)
    • This program  is designed for teachers holding New York state certification at the early childhood developmental level (Birth -2nd grade) or New York state special education certification at the childhood developmental level (Grades 1-6). This graduate advanced certificate leads to the New York state professional certification in special education at the early childhood level.
  • Literacy Studies (Birth-Grade 6) and Special Education (Birth-Grade 2) or (Grades 1-6) (M.S. Ed.)
    • These dual programs prepare students to meet the educational requirements for certification, literacy (Birth-Grade 6) and students with disabilities (Birth-Grade 2) or (Grades1-6).. Graduates of this program will be recommended for the following teaching certificates: Classroom teachers with preparation in literacy (Birth to Grade 6) and students with disabilities (Birth-Grade 2) or (Grades 1-6). Graduates will be prepared for the following teaching positions:
      • Literacy specialists with additional preparation in one-on-one and small group instruction with students with disabilities (Birth-Grade 2) or (Grades 1-6).
      • Literacy specialists prepared to work collaboratively with classroom teachers in designing and implementing effective literacy instruction in inclusive environments. (Birth-Grade 2) or (Grades 1-6).
      • Teachers of students with disabilities (Birth-Grade 2) or (Grades 1-6) with additional preparation in literacy instruction (Birth-Grade 6).
  • Special Education (M.A.) As of Fall 2015, we will no longer be accepting new students into this M.A. program.
    • This program is designed to provide students who enter holding an initial certificate in special education with advanced training in issues and problems of inclusion, transition, and other aspects of PreK-12 education.
    • This program prepares reflective practitioners who are able to translate experience and research literature alike into workable solutions to problems in the public schools.
  • Special Education Early Childhood Intervention (Birth-Grade 2) (M.S.Ed.)
    • For students with New York State Certification in Early Childhood Education (birth-grade 2), Childhood Education (grades 1-6), and/or Childhood Special Education (grades 1-6).
    • This program leads to New York state initial/professional certification in students with disabilities at the early childhood level. This program also fulfills the education requirement for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) certification for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB).
    • Ideas that Work - Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education

      Outstanding prospective students seeking an M.S.Ed. in Special Education Early Childhood Intervention are eligible for scholarship funds.