M.S. in Early Childhood and Special Education (Dual Certification) Degree Requirements

The M.S. in Early Childhood and Special Education (Dual Certification) requires the completion of 46 credits.

EDUC 340Introduction to Special Education
EDUC 506Language, Cognitive Development, and Cultural Diversity
EDUC 509Working with Systems, Teams, and Culturally Diverse Families
EDUC 513Psychology of Teaching and Learning
EDUC 524Teaching Social Studies and Science in Inclusive Settings
EDUC 527Classroom Management and Social Skills Development
EDUC 528Strategies for Inclusion, Differentiation, and UDL
EDUC 530Student Teaching Childhood Education
EDUC 535Introduction to Assistive Technology
EDUC 536Teaching Literacy in the Inclusive Elementary Classroom
EDUC 602Research for Classroom Teachers
EDUC 621Early Literacy Methods I
EDUC 622Early Literacy Methods II
EDUC 675Assessment of Young Children
EDUC 710Practicum in Teaching Early Literacy and Mathematics
EDUC 760Student Teaching in Special Education

Sample Program

M.S. in Early Childhood and Special Education (Dual Degree)

First Term – Fall 2020
EDUC 340 Introduction to Special Education
(child abuse seminar, school violence seminar)
(3 credits)
EDUC 506 Language, Cognitive Development, and Cultural Diversity (3 credits)
EDUC 513 Psychology of Teaching and Learning (DASA workshop)(3 credits)
TOTAL(9 credits)
Second Term – Spring 2021
EDUC 509 Working with Systems, Teams, and Culturally Diverse Families(2 credits)
EDUC 528 Strategies for Inclusion, Differentiation, and UDL(3 credits)
EDUC 535 Introduction to Assistive Technology(2 credits)
TOTAL(7 credits)
Third Term – Summer 2021  
EDUC 522 Teaching Mathematics in Inclusive Settings(3 credits)
EDUC 621 Early Literacy Methods I (3 credits)
EDUC 675 Assessment of Young Children (3 credits)
TOTAL (9 credits)
Fourth Term – Fall 2021
EDUC 527 Classroom Management and Social Skills Instruction(3 credits)
EDUC 530 Student Teaching in General Education (3 credits)
TOTAL(6 credits)
Fifth Term – Summer 2022
EDUC 602 Research for Teachers (3 credits)
EDUC 750 Student Teaching in Special Education(3 credits)
Please note: comprehensive exam will be given during this semester.
TOTAL(6 credits)
Sixth Term – Fall 2022
EDUC 524 Teaching Science and Social Studies in Inclusive Settings(3 credits)
EDUC 622 Early Literacy Methods II(3 credits)
EDUC 710 Practicum in Teaching Early Literacy and Mathematics(3 credits)
TOTAL(9 credits)

Total Credits for Graduation – 46

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.