Hofstra Early Childhood Intervention Specialist Program
The School of Education has partnered with the Developmental Disabilities Institute and the Genesis/Eden II Agency to create the Hofstra Early Childhood Intervention Specialist (HECIS) grant program to train highly qualified teachers to serve the needs of pre-school age children (birth to five years) with disabilities. Applicants must be initially or professionally certified in Early Childhood or Childhood Education and/or Special Education grades 1-6 in New York State. Qualified applicants have a strong desire to serve young children with disabilities and their families with special training in early childhood special education and applied behavior analysis. The program leads to a Master of Science in Education in Special Education Early Childhood Intervention.
Graduates are prepared for NYS certification in early childhood special education, and the program fulfills the education requirement for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. This 45-semester-hour dual certification program can be completed in two years.
Hofstra Early Childhood Interdisciplinary Professionals Program
In partnership with Developmental Disabilities Institute and Mill Neck Manor Early Childhood Center, Hofstra University’s Early Childhood Interdisciplinary Professionals Program (HECIP) prepares aspiring teachers to serve young children with special needs in multiple settings, including early intervention for infants and toddlers (IDEA, Part C) as well as services for pre-school and school age children from kindergarten through grade 2 (IDEA, Part B) in integrated classrooms. The interdisciplinary curriculum is intended for students with no formal course work or teaching experience in early childhood, or early childhood special education. It combines a rich core of graduate level courses grounded in scientifically based research with a menu of embedded field experiences in culturally and linguistically diverse settings, leading to a Master of Science in Education in Inclusive Early Childhood Special Education.
Graduates are prepared for NYS certification in early childhood education and early childhood special education (Birth – Grade 2). This 48-semester-hour dual certification program can be completed in two years.