Early Childhood Education: Special Education MA Initial

M.A. in Early Childhood Special Education with Initial Certification

* Program is no longer accepting applications.

In the Early Childhood Special Education M.A. Program at Teachers College, Columbia University, we prepare early interventionists and early childhood special education professionals committed to the well-being of young children with disabilities and their families, and knowledgeable about early intervention and early childhood special education (Birth-Grade 2). This degree program focuses on urban settings and centers issues pertaining to the education of children with disabilities and those receiving early intervention services, espousing a social justice perspective. Our students are prepared to engage with real world issues pertaining to early intervention and to the education of young children with disabilities via pedagogical, political, psychological, and sociological perspectives.

Through a curriculum that integrates early childhood education, special education, and bilingual education content, we aim to enable our initial certification students to become outstanding early interventionists, early childhood special education teachers, decision makers, and leaders. Honoring the importance of understanding children’s development and learning in contextualized and situated ways, the Master of Arts program emphasizes collaboration with families and other professionals and considers policies that affect families’ access to services. 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.

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Admissions Information

Displaying requirements for the Spring 2024, Summer 2024, and Fall 2024 terms.

Program is no longer running and therefore not accepting applications.

Master of Arts

  • Points/Credits: 40


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  • NY State Initial Cert: Students w/ Disabilities (Early Childhood)

Application Deadlines

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Application Requirements

 Online Degree Application, including Statement of Purpose and Resume
 Transcripts and/or Course-by-Course Evaluations for all Undergraduate/Graduate Coursework Completed
 Results from an accepted English Proficiency Exam (if applicable)
 $75 Application Fee
 *Program is no longer running and therefore not accepting applications*

Degree Requirements

Please contact the program for more information on course requirements.

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