Early Childhood Education: Special Education MA Initial Extension

M.A. in Early Childhood Special Education with Initial Certification and Bilingual Extension

We are committed to the well-being and education of children from Birth-Grade 2 within a broad social and cultural spectrum. Our degree programs focus on urban settings and we concentrate on issues of curriculum, development, social justice, teaching, and learning. Our graduate students are prepared for the real world through pedagogical, political, psychological, and sociological perspectives.

Through a curriculum that integrates general and special early childhood education content, we aim to enable our initial certification students to become outstanding early childhood teachers, decision makers, and intellectual and ethical leaders. Honoring the importance of understanding children’s development and learning in context, the Master of Arts program emphasizes collaboration with families and other professionals and considers policies that affect families’ access to desirable services, especially in urban settings. Our students participate in several field experiences, which serve as the foundation from which theories about development, learning, and curriculum come to life and through which teachers begin to construct their professional practice.

Early Childhood Programs Handbook

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Admissions Information

Master of Arts

  • Points/Credits: 40
  • Entry Terms: N/A


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  • NY State Initial: Students with Disabilities Birth-2
  • Bilingual Extension

Application Deadlines

  • Spring: N/A
  • Summer/Fall (Priority): N/A
  • Summer/Fall (Final): N/A

* This degree/certification option is no longer accepting applications.

Supplemental Application Requirements/Comments

  • GRE General Test

Course Requirements

Master of Arts - Early/Special-Initial Cert


Course requirements for M.A. students seeking initial certification as teachers of students with disabilities in early childhood (birth–8 years):

Core Courses

  • C&T 4080               Risk and resilience in early development (3)
  • C&T 4112               Integrated curriculum in early childhood (6)
  • C&T 4302               Supervised practicum in the educational assessment of young children with exceptionalities (3)             
  • C&T 4708               Student teaching- infancy and early childhood (two terms) (6)
  • C&T 5118               Infant and toddler development and practice (3)

Methods Courses

  • A&HM 4022           The artistic lives of young children (2)
  • C&T 4131               Language and literacy in the early childhood curriculum (3)
  • C&T 4132               Learning and teaching in the primary reading/writing classroom (3)
  • HBSS 4116             Health education for teachers (1)
  • HUDK 4027            How children learn math (3) OR
  • MTSM 4057            Teaching & learning math in early childhood (3)

Foundation Courses

  • C&T 4001      Differentiating instruction in inclusive classrooms (2)
  • C&T 4615      Young children, families and social policy (3)  OR
  • C&T 4083      Working with families of young children with disabilities (or equivalent) (3);
  • Out of Dept.  Special education elective (2)

Culminating Project:

Students complete an integrative portfolio over the course of the program reflecting their growth as an early childhood teacher.

New York State Education Department (NYSED) has teacher certification requirements that are needed for program completion and graduation which are listed in the Office of Teacher Education section of the catalog.

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