Special Education

Special Education Early Childhood Programs

Hofstra University's special education offerings include an array of master's degree and advanced certificate programs which provide a comprehensive, integrated experience aimed at developing skills and competencies in educating the exceptional child and adolescent in inclusive and special education settings. The special education programs prepare students with broad-based experiences in all areas of special education with a strong developmental focus at all levels.

Our Early Childhood Special Education programs offers training and certification in Students with Disabilities at the Birth – Grades 2 level, opening the door for teachers to provide Special Education services with this younger population. With the growing emphasis on early screening and options afforded to children and their families prior to stepping into the traditional K-12 setting, the job market is expanding for special educators!

Program Objectives:

  • Develop candidates abilities to plan curriculum and delivery of appropriate treatment
  • Provide a strong understanding of Autism and critical issues in special education
  • Utilizing research based methodologies as part of instruction

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Frequently Asked Questions

I do not have a background in education, can I still apply?
Yes, for those seeking their first NYS certification in both Early Childhood Birth-Grades 2 and Students with Disabilities Birth-Grades 2 should apply to the Inclusive Early Childhood Special Education, MSEd.
How are courses delivered?
Coursework is offered in person, hybrid and online.
Does Hofstra University provide support for field placement?
Yes, Hofstra University’s School of Education has the Office of Field Placement to provide logistical support in seeking placements for students as needed. Explore the Office of Field Placement in our Student Resources section.
What is Early Intervention?
Early Intervention or “EI” is a term used to describe services and supports that are available to Early Childhood populations with developmental delays and disabilities

These students have not yet entered the Pre-K-12 system so EI services can be the best tool in making significant impacts on a child’s ability to learn new skills and overcome challenges all before they enter a classroom setting.

Special Education Research, Policy & Practice

SPECIAL EDUCATION RESEARCH, POLICY & PRACTICE is an online peer-reviewed journal committed to advancing the professional development of special education professionals through research, policy, and practice. This electronic journal seeks new contributions based on original work of practitioners and researchers with specific focus on or implications for the field of special education. Manuscripts submitted will be articles on research, policy, and practice relative to special education.  Articles would:

Be research based submissions that address current practice issues in the field of special education.

Seek to make a new contribution to the field of special education.

Be solicited in a variety of categories.

Review our Special Education Peer Reviewed Journal

Meet Our Faculty

Stephen Hernandez

Dr. Stephen Hernandez
Director of Early Childhood Special Education Programs
Hofstra University SOE edTPA Coordinator
P: 516-463-7148
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Diane Schwartz

Dr. Diane Schwartz
Professor of Specialized Programs in Education
P: 516-463-5778
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Mary McDonald

Dr. Mary McDonald
P: 516-463-7149
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