M.S. Degree in Early Childhood Education & Special Education (Birth-Grade 2)
The program in Early Childhood Education and Special Education prepares teaching candidates with knowledge of early childhood development, early intervention, and learning and teaching processes in preschool, kindergarten, and primary grade levels. Upon graduation from the program and completion of New York State Education Department (NYSED) requirements, this program leads to New York State Initial or Professional Teacher Certification in Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 2) and Students with Disabilities (Birth-Grade 2).
The Early Childhood Education/Special Education Program requires 36 credit hours. Coursework includes 15 credit hours of general pedagogical core courses and 21 credit hours of specific pedagogical courses, including six credit hours of Field Experience and Practicum. A culminating E-portfolio, presenting course-based learning artifacts to demonstrate satisfactory development as an effective novice teacher, is required for graduation.