M.S. in Childhood Education and Special Education (Dual Certification Grades 1-6) Degree Requirements

The M.S. in Childhood Education and Special Education (Dual Certification, Grades 1-6) requires the completion of 45 credits.

EDUC 502Foundations in Urban and Multicultural Education
EDUC 506Language, Cognitive Development, and Cultural Diversity
EDUC 513Psychology of Teaching and Learning
EDUC 522Teaching Mathematics in Inclusive Settings
EDUC 523Practicum in Childhood Education
EDUC 524Teaching Social Studies and Science in Inclusive Settings
EDUC 527Classroom Management and Social Skills Development
EDUC 530Student Teaching Childhood Education
EDUC 536Teaching Literacy in the Inclusive Elementary Classroom
EDUC 602Research for Classroom Teachers
EDUC 628Assessment and Remediation of Literacy Disabilities
EDUC 712Strategies for Inclusion
EDUC 714Practicum in Assessment and Instruction of Special Learners
EDUC 716Life Span Education: Transition from Birth to Adulthood
EDUC 760Student Teaching in Special Education

Sample Program

M.S. in Childhood Education and Special Education (Dual Certification Grades 1-6) 

First Term – Summer 1
EDUC Care Summer Institute Term: June-July
EDUC 502 Foundation of Urban and Multicultural Education(3 credits)
EDUC 506 Language, Cognitive Development, and Cultural Diversity(3 credits)
EDUC 513 Psychology of Teaching and Learning(3 credits)
EDUC 712 Strategies for Inclusion of Special Learners(3 credits)
Child Abuse Identification Workshop(0 credits)
TOTAL(12 credits)
Second Term – Fall 1
EDUC 523 Practicum in Childhood(3 credits)
EDUC 524 Teaching Social Studies and Science in Inclusive Settings(3 credits)
EDUC 536 Teaching Literacy in Inclusive Elementary Classroom(3 credits)
EDUC 714 Practicum in Assessment and Instruction of Special Learners(3 credits)
Violence Prevention and Intervention Workshop(0 credits)
EAS Certification Exam to be completed by December 1
TOTAL(12 credits)
Third Term – Spring 1  
EDUC 522 Teaching Mathematics in Inclusive Settings(3 credits)
EDUC 527 Classroom Management and Social Skills Instruction(3 credits)
EDUC 530 Student Teaching in Childhood Education(3 credits)
EDUC 760 Student Teaching in Special Education Grades 1-6(3 credits)
DASA Workshop(0 credits)
Completion of CST in Special Education to be completed by March 1
Completion of CST Multisubject to be completed by May 1
TOTAL(12 credits)
Fourth Term – Summer 2
EDUC Care Summer Institute Term: June-July  
EDUC 602 Research for Classroom Teachers(3 credits)
EDUC 628 Assessment and Remediation of Literacy Disabilities(3 credits)
EDUC 716 Life Span Special Education: Transition from Birth to Adulthood(3 credits)
TOTAL(9 credits)

Total Credits for Graduation – 45

All courses in the education program are evaluated with letter grades. The pass/fail distinction is used only with the final comprehensive exam

Students enrolled in the graduate program must attain a B or higher in each class and maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout the course of study.

Exit Requirements
All students are required to pass a comprehensive examination. Students take this examination at the completion of the program and must register at least three months before the published test administration date.

Exit Criteria and Certification 
A student who successfully completes all academic and professional requirements will be recommended by the Teacher Education Department for initial/professional New York State certification in childhood education grades 1-6 and special education grades 1-6. Academic requirements include completion of all courses with the prescribed grades and grade point average. Professional requirements include demonstration of effective behaviors appropriate to the profession.

Workshop Requirements

In order to receive college endorsement for certification, students must complete the following state mandated workshops:

  • Child Abuse Identification
  • Violence Prevention
  • DASA

The required autism workshop is integrated into coursework as approved by New York State Department of Education.